For bringing Islamophobia to the attention of Canadians: Late last year, Liberal backbencher Iqra Khalid introduced a motion for the House of Commons to condemn Islamophobia and commit to studying systemic racial discrimination. Seems like a no-brainer, but in early 2017, things turned ugly when Conservative MPs said the wording was unclear and would lead to the suppression of free speech. Khalid received vitriol that spanned from racial slurs to death threats, some of which she read in the House — proving her point that Islamophobia does indeed exist in Canada. The Liberal caucus fully supported her motion, which passed in March. —S.A.