Conservatives are staking out opposing positions on a Liberal motion to condemn Islamophobia, with one leadership candidate supporting the bid to denounce systemic racism and others opposing it on the grounds it could impede free speech or single out one religion for special protections.

MPs will begin debate on motion M-103, which calls on the government to "recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear," at 5:30 p.m. ET Wednesday.

Leadership contender Michael Chong said Tuesday he will support M-103, the motion tabled by Mississauga, Ont., Liberal MP Iqra Khalid that was tabled last fall but will be debated tomorrow in the aftermath of last month's mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque.

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