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Justin Trudeau meets with members of the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association in Peterborough. Photo: PMO pm.gc.ca

Trudeau: “Canada is stronger because of the contributions of its Muslim community”

In his traditional greeting to the Reviving the Islamic Spirit in Toronto (December 23-25, 2016), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commended the Muslim community for its contributions to Canada and reiterated his commitment to combat Islamophobia and politics of hate and division.

The following is the transcript of Trudeau’s statement (to watch the video click HERE):

Thank you for this opportunity to share a few words with you. This year, we celebrate our 150 anniversary which is a testament to the dedication and hard work of many organizers and volunteers.

Today, we come together as friends celebrating common values that unite us all, values like empathy, generosity, acceptance and respect. These are tenets of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, vital principles on which Canada is found.

As prime minister, I want to make sure my actions and words reflect the what brings Canadians together.

So let me be clear, Canada is stronger because of the contributions of its Muslim community. We are stronger because of you. And that’s why every day we just chose hope over fear and stand up to the politics of hate and division.

That is why our government supports initiatives that encourage inclusion and equality, combats Islamophobia and strengthens the protection of our civil rights… [French] Thank you very much for being here. May peace and blessing be upon you.”

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