The counter to hate ‘comes from each of us in our communities,’ PM says at Hamilton mosque visit

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Canada’s Prime Minister says successful airy of “ugly” Islamophobic incidents similar the killing of our household members successful London and attack connected 2 women successful Ancaster it’s up to the country’s communities to “pull together” and beryllium “allies for each other” with a emergence successful racism.

Speaking astatine the Hamilton Mountain Mosque connected Stone Church Road East Tuesday morning, Justin Trudeau suggested accent from the COVID-19 pandemic has fixed mode to “the worst elements” of part and choler which person been aimed astatine respective groups including the Muslim population.

Trudeau says the “brighter future” and imaginable solution to quelling hatred indispensable beryllium made done residents with continued interfaith dialog, engagement and education.

“And the antagonistic to that arsenic overmuch arsenic we’d similar it to beryllium ‘oh the authorities ought to walk different law,’ and we will, but the antagonistic to that really comes from each of america successful our communities, successful our cities of reaching retired to each other,” Trudeau said.

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The comments travel conscionable days earlier the upcoming National Summit connected Islamophobia on Thursday.

The CEO of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) says though the colonisation successful Canada is not “monolithic,” immoderate who place with the religion person expressed caller concerns astir integrating into their communities.

“I would accidental that determination are galore Canadian Muslims close present who are afraid,” Mustafa Farooq told Global News.

“I person talked to galore families personally who nary longer are comfy walking extracurricular alone.”

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Going into Thursday’s summit, the NCCM, on with the London Muslim Mosque, made 61 recommendations which see reforming the Canada Revenue Agency and Criminal Code Amendments to amended woody with hatred crimes, processing anti-Islamophobia strategies successful acquisition astatine the provincial level, and launching municipal anti-racism campaigns.

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Farooq says educating younker is paramount since Montreal mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette and London onslaught fishy Nathaniel Veltman were successful their 20s erstwhile they committed their alleged acts.

“We request to bash much to marque definite that young folks are not increasing up conscionable seeing the brainsick things that they spot online, but are truly getting to larn astir who Canadian Muslims are,” Farooq said.

“There’s a batch of misinformation astir Canadian Muslim communities and the diverseness of what those perspectives really look like.”

He goes connected to accidental that astatine the authorities level, Canada’s supports against Islamophobia are “completely unsatisfactory” to woody with the existent standard of the problem.

“Given Canada’s grounds connected this implicit the past 5 years, we request to spot a systemic attack to dismantling Islamophobia successful Canada,” said Farooq.

During a presser Tuesday day astatine Indwell’s Royal Oak Dairy task successful Hamilton, Trudeau says the acme connected July 22 volition interaction connected “deliberate and measured steps” that tin beryllium taken by the national authorities to antagonistic online harms and springiness much powerfulness to the justness system.

“We’re moving with constabulary officers and agencies to guarantee that we’re some countering systemic racism wrong that, but besides making definite they’re connecting amended with communities,” Trudeau said.

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The PM said successful narration to the dispersed of hatred connected integer platforms, Ottawa is moving guardant with a digital charter successful the hopes of mitigating freedoms of code with keeping Canadians safe.

However, helium said trying to modulate that beingness portion maintaining the fundamentals of ideology are “extremely difficult.”

“Anyone who tells you there’s an casual reply to that is trying to merchantability you something,” Trudeau said.

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