Justin Trudeau responds to Québec City mosque shooting: “We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims”
“Religious tolerance is a value that we, as Canadians, hold dear”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling Sunday night’s Québec City mosque shooting, which killed six people and left five others in critical condition, a “terrorist attack”.
“Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country,” said Trudeau in a statement issued Monday morning.
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard also labeled the shooting an act of terrorism.
The attack came as Canadians participated in global protests against U.S. President Donald Trump’s Executive Order banning Muslims from Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States.
The attack came less than two days after Trudeau had tweeted:
To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017
The Quebec shooting is likely to dominate the agenda as MPs return to Ottawa after a six-week break. In the wake of the terror attack, Canadians’ are likely to pay more attention to the government’s public consultation on Bill C-51, as well as the appointment of a new coordinator for the so-called counter-radicalization office. The individuals will implement a anti-terror program to counter radicalization in Canada.
Even though white Canadians such as ISIS sympathizer Aaron Driver have engaged in acts of terrorism in Canada in the past few years, the public perception is largely that Muslims and other persons of colour are susceptible to radicalization and egregious acts of violence. Driver, who had publicly expressed his allegiance to the terror group, was short dead by the RCMP in August 2016 after plotting an attack in southern Ontario.
Internal documents released by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in 2015 highlighted the threat paused by white supremacist violence ahead of radical Islam.
Below is the full text of Trudeau’s statement:
Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the fatal shooting in the city of Québec
January 29, 2017
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement today after hearing of the fatal shooting at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec located in the Ste-Foy neighbourhood of the city of Québec:
“It was with tremendous shock, sadness and anger that I heard of this evening’s tragic and fatal shooting at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec located in the Ste-Foy neighbourhood of the city of Québec.
“We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge.
“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of all those who have died, and we wish a speedy recovery to those who have been injured.
“While authorities are still investigating and details continue to be confirmed, it is heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence. Diversity is our strength, and religious tolerance is a value that we, as Canadians, hold dear.
“Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country. Canadian law enforcement agencies will protect the rights of all Canadians, and will make every effort to apprehend the perpetrators of this act and all acts of intolerance.
“Tonight, we grieve with the people of Ste-Foy and all Canadians.”
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