Terence Kernaghan MPP, London North Centre

Government of Ontario

NDP statement on Bruce McArthur verdict

Published on January 30, 2019

LONDON – NDP LGBTQ Critic Terence Kernaghan issued the following statement after Bruce McArthur plead guilty to the murders of eight men.

“Yesterday was an incredibly difficult day for the Queer and Trans communities across the province.

Bruce McArthur plead guilty to the murders of Skandaraj Navaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Abdulbasir Faizi, Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, and Majeed Kayhan.

Our hearts go out the families and friends affected by these horrific murders.  These men sought safety and acceptance in the Village, but instead crossed paths with a predator who targeted vulnerable and marginalized folks, some of whom struggled with their identity.   

The LGBTQ, South Asian, and Middle Eastern communities in Toronto where these men were from have some answers, but those answers were too long in coming as these cases went unsolved for many years.  Frankly, the Toronto LGBTQ community was left completely vulnerable to a serial killer as information was not provided in a timely manner. 

We will be watching the independent external review closely to ensure the families and the communities impacted get the answers they deserve.

New Democrats recommit to the important work of combating homophobia, transphobia, and racism and for a future where we can live free from violence.  An attack on any community is an affront to us all.”