Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued on January 6, 2017 the following statement on Orthodox Christmas:
This week, Orthodox Christians in Canada and around the world will celebrate Christmas.
This joyful time of year is an opportunity to gather with family and friends to reflect on the many blessings in our lives. It also gives us a chance to reaffirm our commitment to live in a peaceful, inclusive society.
This year marks our nation’s 150th anniversary. Openness and acceptance are at the heart of what it means to be Canadian, and we should take every opportunity we can to celebrate the many cultures, traditions, and beliefs that make Canada such a wonderful place to live.
Let us also use this occasion to show greater compassion and humanity to those most vulnerable, at home and around the world.
On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I wish you and your family a merry Christmas, and health and happiness in the year ahead.
Inclusivity is one of the pillars of Trudeau government’s policy. Speaking at the University of Havana on November 2016, Trudeau “emphasized the importance of Canadian values related to gender equality, and building a stronger, more inclusive society.”
Trudeau believes that the most effective tools to counter radicalization is developing a more inclusive society that welcomes Muslims and give them an equal chance to succeed.
The following is an excerptfrom Trudeau’s interview to The Daily Show (published on May 19, 2016):
“Minster Prime Minister, we’re sitting here in the wake of so many terror attacks. How can you be sure, letting all these refugees, that even if 0.1 percent become radicalized, you could be living with 25 different Paris attacks, 25 Belgium attacks. how can you go to sleep at night knowing that that risk is imminent?”
“We live in a world where there are always risks. The question is how much do you want to live in fear of these risks. The best counter to the kind of radicalization and marginalization, as we’ve seen in other parts of the world is to create an inclusive society where everyone, especially Muslim Canadians, have every opportunity to succeed just like anybody else.”
Addressing the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations [Conseil des relations internationales de Montréal (CORIM)] on October 17, 2016, Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs commended Trudeau for his charisma and for promoting values of openness and inclusivity. In this regard, Dion said the following:
“The exceptional interest in our country is largely due to the charisma of our Prime Minister, but not only that. It is also due to his message: a message of hope, confidence, openness and inclusive growth… His message is clear: our country is strong not despite its diversity, but because of it. He said that we should not accept fewer refugees, but more. He said that every wave of refugees makes us stronger than before. And he said that Canada would be back on the world stage.”