On March 13, 2017 Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued a statement on Commonwealth Day emphasizing his deep belief in “diversity and inclusion” as the best ways to bring about “peace and prosperity.”
The following is Trudeau’s statement:
Today, the citizens of the Commonwealth of Nations honour the common ties and shared values that unite all 52 member countries. Headed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Commonwealth family spans Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Pacific; it includes more than two billion people, and many different backgrounds, cultures, and languages.This year’s theme – ‘A peace-building Commonwealth’ – reminds us that diversity and inclusion form a proven path to peace and prosperity. The Commonwealth is a champion of democracy, freedom, sustainable development, the rule of law, and human rights, especially the rights of women and girls. As a member of the Commonwealth, Canada remains committed to protecting and promoting these values. I invite all Canadians to use today as an opportunity to learn more about the shared history and values that bind the peoples of the Commonwealth.
Trudeau says inclusive society, especially for Muslims, is most effective against radicalization
Prime Minister Justin 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 excerpt from 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.”
Trudeau says bringing in Syrian refugees diffuses the risk of terrorist attacks in Canada
CBS News aired on Sunday, March 6, 2016 an interview with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Lara Logan for 60 Minutes show.
Trudeau was adamant that resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees serves the national security of Canada. When asked a direct question about a possible scenario of terrorist attack carried out by Syrian refugees, Trudeau argued that the policy of openness and respect towards the refugees is more effective in diffusing elements of hatred and anger and constitutes a better strategy than building “big walls” and espousing “oppressive policies.”
Justin Trudeau: We were able to actually go and pick and choose and screen and bring over the people we chose. And that gives us a much greater level of control and attention over who’s actually going to come in.
Lara Logan: But are you saying there’s no risk? Or do you acknowledge that there is still a risk?
Justin Trudeau: Every time, every time a tourist or an immigrant or a refugee shows up in another country there’s a security risk. And, I am more than comfortable that doing what we’ve done, accepting in 25,000 Syrian refugees does right by both the safety of Canadians and by the values that define us as a nation.
Lara Logan: Would you be just as comfortable if there was a terrorist attack carried out by someone who came through as a refugee?
Justin Trudeau: Ultimately, being open and respectful towards each other is much more powerful as a way to diffuse hatred and anger than, you know, layering on, you know, big walls and oppressive policies.