Canadian PM: Multiculturalism is the answer to terror

Following Egypt terror attack, Canada's Prime Minister says it is possible to fight hatred with multiculturalism.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to maintain his deep belief that multiculturalism is the key to achieving security and stability in the West and to stopping terrorism.

In a statement condemning Friday's attack in Egypt which targeted Coptic Christians, the third attack against Copts in recent months, Trudeau said, “As recent events show, violent extremists often target those most vulnerable. As members of the international community, we must continue to stand against those responsible for these acts of terrorism and counter hate by promoting the values of diversity, inclusion and peace.”

In a separate official statement published last week, Trudeau said, "By demonstrating compassion and an equal opportunity for success, we are not only providing an opportunity for them and their loved ones but also building a better Canada, a stronger Canada, a Canada that is more prosperous. The Canadian public is proud to be part of a country that respects and protects multiculturalism as a fundamental and constitutive value."

Since being elected, Trudeau has taken the view that Islam is "not incompatible with the Western secular democracy."

Last year he issued a call on Muslims in Canada to strengthen their involvement in politics, encouraging Muslims to join the Conservative party and other parties in the country “to make sure that no party gets to run against Muslim Canadians or any other group of Canadians and demonize them.”