Renew the call for a ceasefire in Gaza

As the crisis in Gaza worsens everyday, I renew the call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire.

Over the last few months, the escalating violence in the Middle East has been unbearable.

In Gaza, over 30,000 people have been killed. 12,300 of whom are children. The images and stories of emaciated children and families starving, as they desperately await food, are horrific.

In Israel, more than 1,100 people were killed on October 7th.

I mourn with the communities here at home and around the world who are experiencing deep pain, division and loss.

At the onset of this conflict, I added my voice to Rachel Notley’s in calling for an immediate and permanent ceasefire, a return of hostages, and a substantial increase in humanitarian aid.

I renew that call today. I hope for a two-state solution in the region, where Palestinians and Israelis can live in peace.

We also cannot ignore the impact this crisis is having here in Alberta and how our fellow Albertans are hurting.

In meetings with Palestinian and Muslim leaders since October, I've heard first-hand stories of the suffering many are experiencing. Some have lost dozens of family members in Gaza. Palestinian and Muslim Albertans are fearful and report experiencing anti-Palestinian racism and Islamophobia here at home.

In meetings with Jewish leaders, I've seen the pain of families who are related to October 7 victims and hostages. Jewish Albertans are also fearful and are experiencing rising antisemitism here at home.

There is already too much hate and division in the world - we cannot allow it to drive a wedge here in our backyard.

Today, and every day, I will stand for human rights, for peace, and for compassion.