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

Trudeau’s office: “Muslims are greatest victims of terror worldwide”

Kate Purchase, Director of Communications Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, sent a letter to Fox News complaining about a tweet that contained “false and misleading language” relating to the identity of the suspect in the Quebec City mosque terror attack on January 29, 2017.

On January 30, 2017 at 12:31pm Fox News tweeted: “Suspect in Quebec mosque terror attack was of Moroccan origin, reports show.” Later that day, Fox News tweeted an update: “@FoxNews Mosque attack suspect formally charged w/ six counts of murder; Second man cleared, identified as a witness.”

In her letter to Fox News, Kate Purchase said that suspect is a French Canadian and not someone of Moroccan-origin emphasizing that by tweeting misinformation Fox News is “playing identity politics, and perpetuating fear and division within our communities.” She added that “Muslims are predominantly the greatest victims of terrorist acts around the world.”

The following is the text of Kate Purchase’s letter click HERE, HERE and HERE:

It has come to my attention that a Fox News tweet posted on Twitter, contains false and misleading language relating to the identity of the suspect in the Quebec mosque terror attack. I have attached a copy of the tweet for your reference.

Over the course of the day, this proved to be false information. In fact, the suspect was identified as a 27 year old French Canadiannot someone of Moroccan-origin.

Sadly, this misleading information has been left to stand on the Fox News Channel’s twitter account and continued to circulate online even now.

Canada is an open, welcoming country that stands by its citizens. We are a nation of millions of immigrants and refugees, of hundreds of cultures, languages, and religions bound by one, unwavering, unshakable belief: we are stronger not in spite of our differences, but because of them.

These tweets by Fox News dishonour the memory of the six victims and their families by spreading misinformation, playing identity politics, and perpetuating fear and division within our communities.

We need to remain focused on keeping our communities safe and united instead of trying to build walls and scapegoat communities. Muslims are predominantly the greatest victims of terrorist acts around the world. To paint terrorists with a broad brush that extends to all Muslims is not just ignorant — it is irresponsible.

If we allow individuals and organizations to succeed by scaring people, we do not actually end up any safer. Fear does not make us safer. It makes us weaker. Ramping up fear and closing our borders is not a solution. It distracts from the real issues that affect people’s day to day life. For all of these reasons, we ask that Fox News either retract or update the tweet to reflect the suspect’s actual identity. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

Kate Purchase’s statement goes in line with Trudeau’s position. A year before the presidential elections in the US, Trudeau slammed Donald Trump’s call for a temporary halt of immigration from Muslim countries until re-evaluation of the situation is conducted.

When asked “will you stand up to Donald Trump and condemn his hateful rhetoric?” during the Maclean’s Town Hall (December 16, 2015), Trudeau emphasized his strong belief in cultural and religious diversity as a source of strength and argued that Muslims should not be blamed of terrorist acts committed by ISIS and other groups because they are the greatest victims of terrorism.

The following is the transcript of Trudeau’s statement (36:41-40:34):

First of all, I thinks it’s extremely important that someone in my position doesn’t engage in the electoral process of another country. So, I’m certainly going to be very cautious about engaging in this particular topic just because I think it’s going to be important for Canadians, for Canadian jobs, for Canadian prosperity to be able to have a positive relationship with whoever Americans chose as the President.

However, I don’t think it comes as a surprise to anyone that I stand firmly against the politics of division, the politics of fear, the politics of intolerance or hateful rhetoric.

I stood clearly against that in charte de valeurs [Quebec Charter of Values] divisive issues put forward by the former Premier of Quebec.

I took a very strong stand against the previous governments playing dangerous games with veils and citizenship issues.

I think Canada and indeed any modern society does best when we understand that diversity is a source of strength not a source of weakness, that the elements on which we are similar are always far greater than the elements which we are diverse, and if we allow politicians to succeed by scaring people, we don’t actually ending up any safer.

Fear doesn’t make us safer. It makes us weaker. And at this time when there is a reason to be concern for security around the world and here at home we need to remain focused on keeping our communities safe and keeping our communities united instead of trying to build walls and scapegoat communities.

[I’m] talking directly about the Muslim community. They are predominantly the greatest victims of terrorist acts around the world at the present time. And painting ISIS and others with a broad brush that extends to all Muslims is not just ignorant, it is irresponsible.”

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  1. If they are a “good” Muslim then they follow Mohamed (read about his example ) and they follow the Koran
    read what it teaches them to do !!! As one Muslium said to a non-muslium…we will use your resources and then we will control your land !!. As their population grows they will take over government Offices and enforce their laws !

  2. Most Muslims are those who kill the Muslims, sometimes they kill also Christians and Jews…

  3. And CIJ News English continues to give cover to racists and bigots.

    The top comment by Cheryl Smith is a revisionist retelling of the terrorist attack by the self-professed Christian and native-born Québécois white guy, Alexandre Bissonnette.

    The other guy ran from a plainclothes officer with a weapon, not knowing whether he was a shooter. I’d do the same. And they’d be welcome to my witness statement after I changed my pants.

    That people still continue to try to warp this into some ISIS inspired fifth-column action with Trudeau as a willing accomplice is nothing short of psychotic.

    Why don’t you see how Canadian Jewish News is reporting about this terror attack. CIJ News is doing it’s readership a gross disservice.

  4. Bro hammer Amy doesn’t like to talk about a few important topics. How is it that alarming numbers of our returning soldiers from Middle East are finding it very hard to cope with PTSD and even harder to get the proper mental and financial help they need after serving this country for 1 or more tours yet this goverment and apparently the entire left wing voters are stateing that bringing into this country tens of thousands of people from the same places is going to be an economic pluss for us here ? My question to them is how long will this financial aid for these refugees be needed and more importantly what will the cost of the mental health treatment be and how long will this last? Remember some of our returning soldiers need long term mental health and financial help to try and readjust back to our society. And I might add that it’s scandalous that our soldiers don’t seem to come first on this issue.

  5. Yeah Jason this murder and constant war has nothing to do with sunnie versus Shiite hatred for each other right?

  6. Amy Winter I hope you don’t forget the sacrifice made by our military so people like you can have an opinion girls can go to school people are allowed to practice their faith no matter what it might be the men and women that protect our way of life while your sleeping so before you shoot your mouth off think of that

  7. EveLyn how do you feel about people commenting on CIJ who equate all Muslims with ISIS?

  8. Its just so frustrating that people don’t want peace

  9. I know its everywhere even in Obamas white house,, i just wish there could be peace

  10. Canada has one of the most stringent vetting processes for immigrants in the world. You really need to educate yourself on these subjects before you comment. Additionally, the kind of extremism you speak of doesn’t exist in Islam anyway…. it exists in governance of predominantly Muslim nations, particularly in the MIddle East. Look up Wahhabism, and do some reading. People want a temporary ban because they are too stupid to know what is going on, and they react out of fear, cultured from ignorance. Anyway, it isn’t going to change anyone here. Dumb and dumber it seems.

  11. Um, you have been reading too many alternative news sites. Yes human trafficking does exist in muslim majority countries, but it pervasive through out Africa, and the pacific rim as well. Hell, it happens here in Canada.

  12. Andrew Bell Jardine Careful Andrew… you are letting your Liberal arrogance show. It’s not very becoming.
    For the record, I happen to be ‘brown’, I happen to have a number of Muslim friends, relatives and co-workers that I hold in high esteem. I have traveled in Europe. Moreover, I grew up in a country where large portions of the population are Muslim and I have seen first hand the difference between people who happen to be Muslim and people who are extremist Muslims.
    Since you have elevated yourself to the position of ‘teacher of the bouffant hillbillies’, why not share your extensive record of living in and around the Muslim culture? Enlighten us ‘hillbillies’ with your expansive knowledge of places like Germany and France. Maybe you could school me on what it is like to grow up in a developing country where Islamic terrorism is a daily reality and where bombings, hostage-takings and guerilla warfare are the norm. If you can’t then perhaps you should conceal your Liberal arrogance a bit better because, as I said above, it only makes you look small.

  13. What you meant to say “Why can’t I have the facts that suit my own agenda” FTFY.

  14. Where did you get this misinformation? Do you make it up? Do you have a fountain of falsehood in your backyard? None of this is true.

  15. If this is what Trudeau said, he is a liar, delusional or as many believe has become a servant of the muslim agenda or maybe all three – you decide.

  16. Might have something to do with their religion. Time for an Islamic reformation forced on them by our government causing them to give up the hate discrimination violence and supremacy found in the verses of the Quran according to their prophet and what they worship. Just saying. Seems more happy peaceful and civilized for everyone.

    • What you suggest has already taken place in modern islam over much of the globe, certainly in western nations. The only holdovers for radical islamic thought, and ‘purist’ interpretation of the Q’uran exists in countries where governance and the application of Islamic law are hopelessly intertwined, making it to determine what is power and what is religion. This is particularly applicable to Saudi Arabia, but has spilled over into other countries in the region. Frankly, the real issue we have to face is not radical Islam, but the erosion of democracies around the world by autocratic leaders using radical islam as an excuse to limits rights of citizens.

    • It will be valid and complete when they stand up united with signs denouncing Mohammed as a psychopathic murder and rapist with Nazi similarities to the annihilation of all other religions and total supremacy of Islam. That they will show their reform by removing those horrid instruction verses from their holy book and join the 21 st century. Until then nothing changes. They accept the call to Islam completely.

  17. Hey, Mooslim pantie boi. You DO know, that in the end……God wins. Right?

  18. Sure is protecting the Muslims! In George Soro’s pocket!

  19. France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweeden and other countries of Europe have given a lot of LOVE, accommodations & appeasements to the Muslims for the last 30 years.
    Now, look where this generosity and comprehension has taken them……..

    Same thing is waiting for us in Canada with the Liberals and Justin Trudeau.
    SHARIA LAW is at our doorstep.

    • Trudeau,,, as we know is an idiot. You are so right in your comments. He thinks that real Canadians that have lived here for over 30 years forget his father, also an idiot.. He will be the death of a free Canada. he needs a wake up call. The muslims are just laughing at us… Just waiting there time to take over… This is not a scare tactic but the truth. All Trudeau has done is buy 20,000+ votes for the next election and killed innocent Canadians mostly women … No Religion says it’s allowed to kill anyone or abuse women accept the muslim religion…. Just look at Europe…..

  20. Yes, predominantly at the hands of their own…. LOL… You subscribe to an evil ideology, you will then, at some point, understand, via your own pain, just exactly why others labeled it as evil in the first place… Trudeau is a traitor to everything free and sane. His time is running out.

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