The Public Policy portfolio is responsible for initiatives and contacts aimed at influencing public polity – and Muslim representation – at the civic, provincial and national levels. The portfolio is made up of both ECMC board as well as non-board members.
This portfolio supports the Council’s strategic goals through organized activities in the following three areas:
Policy Representations – through initiating and coordinating contacts with political leaders and policy makers in various issues of public policy, with specific focus on four key policy areas – namely, civil liberties, foreign policy, citizenship and immigration, and inclusiveness.
Legislative Monitoring – through monitoring the development or application of any new or existing legislation that may be of particular interest to the Council in the four key policy areas, and making suitable representations to lawmakers and government agency officials as appropriate.
Public Participation – through encouraging and promoting participation of the broader Muslim community in all areas of civil society and public life, consistent with the vision and values of the Council.
The four key policy areas of particular interest to the ECMC are:
Civil Liberties – concerned with ensuing a proper balance between issues of public safety and security and protecting the civil rights of all Canadians, including Muslims, in accordance with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Foreign Policy – related to monitoring the alignment of government foreign policy pronouncements, initiatives and actions with the traditional Canadian values as well as proper support for the United Nations and other key multi-lateral international forums.
Citizenship and Immigration – concerned with raising awareness of, and educating, policy-makers and government agency officials regarding any major policy or implementation issues of particular concern to the Muslim community.
Inclusiveness – aimed at ensuring appropriate participation and representation of suitably qualified individuals within the Muslim community in various civil society institutions, including public sector agencies, boards and commissions.