Alberta MP calls racist emails about his immigration policies ‘hate crime’

A Calgary MP is concerned about a return to what he calls  “old Canada” after receiving a number of racist emails last week.

“I started getting emails, hate mail … the first one started saying ‘go back home’ and now it has escalated to some saying ‘brown piece of …’ you know what,” Deepak Obhrai said from his Ottawa office Monday.

“When you go down to this level, there’s no debate. It’s an insult – a hate crime.”

Obhrai suggested the emails started showing up in his inbox after he opposed fellow MP and federal Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch’s immigration proposal.

“I am the only candidate who will require face-to-face interviews with new immigrants and screen for Canadian values,” Leitch said at a leadership debate in Saskatoon last week.

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