Trudeau defies critics who questioned his appearance at an Islamic conference

TORONTO – Liberal leadership contender Justin Trudeau told an Islamic conference Saturday that groups who attacked his decision to attend the gathering only work to divide Canadians.

Trudeau told a crowd of thousands at the Reviving the Islamic Spirit conference in Toronto that his critics attempted to tap into “fears and prejudices” that sap the acceptance of others.

“It is short-sighted to pit groups of Canadians against one another. It may make some feel good for a little while, or even work politically in the short term, but it is no way to build a country,” Trudeau said in a keynote address.

“It is not who we are.”

Trudeau was criticized earlier this month by some Jewish groups and media outlets for agreeing to address the conference because of allegations of a link between one of its sponsors, IRFAN-Canada, and the militant group Hamas.

IRFAN pulled out of the conference a few days after all the publicity generated by Trudeau’s planned appearance.

The group’s charitable status was revoked last year by the Canada Revenue Agency, which alleges the group used deceptive fundraising to send almost $15-million in donations to organizations with ties to Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip.

IRFAN denies any wrongdoing and says it is challenging the ruling. A lawyer for the group has called the claims misleading, saying the non-profit sent medical supplies and money to people in need through local certified charities.

Trudeau reached back into Canadian history during his speech, which centred on tolerance of diversity.

He pointed to former prime minister Wilfrid Laurier as he struggled as a young man to bridge the fierce divide between English and French-Canadians. Trudeau spoke of the role Canada’s institutions, such as its constitutional protections, play in guaranteeing freedom for every group.

But the underlying basis of the country’s diversity is rooted in its middle class, Trudeau said, touching on a theme of his leadership campaign.

“This broad, diverse middle class is Canada’s centre of gravity,” he said.

“Good people. People with common hopes and common challenges, coming together to find common ground.”

Trudeau’s attendance follows in the footsteps of several other politicians who have addressed the conference, now in its 11th year.

The late NDP leader Jack Layton and federal cabinet minister Julian Fantino, then Toronto’s police chief, have also attended.

In honour of last year’s conference, Prime Minister Stephen Harper sent a congratulatory statement and issued certificates to each of the event’s speakers.




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Trudeau defies critics who questioned his appearance at an Islamic conference

  1. “But the underlying basis of the country’s diversity is rooted in its middle class, Trudeau said, touching on a theme of his leadership campaign.

    “This broad, diverse middle class is Canada’s centre of gravity,” he said.

    “Good people. People with common hopes and common challenges, coming together to find common ground.””

    What on earth would J. Trudeau know about the middle class?

    Perhaps his daddy told him about such people.

    • Perhaps not everybody is trapped in a mindset like yours?

      • calling you naive would be a compliment.

        • Other people have a wider outlook than you do David.

    • Justin Trudeau will be the final nail in the coffin the once “natural ruling party”.

      • Yes. And, just to think that only a few years ago there was a surfit of real talent. Now the leadng candidate for leadership is ….Justin?

        • Its pretty sad that the best they can come up with is a snot nosed, dope head little rich kid who thinks he is entitled to run this country just because his communist father did. Whats even more sad is that idiotic voters will actually got to the polls for him. Personally Id rather vote for the Ikea Monkey than that self-entitled idiot.

      • One can only hope. Problem is there are a lot of brain dead voters out there. Time will tell.

  2. How are the words and action of those so called
    ‘hijackers’ of Islam inconsistent
    with either the intolerant mainstream
    teachings or the violent history of Islam?
    Please explain why the many so
    called ‘misunderstanders’ of Islam, all seem to
    ‘misunderstand’ those
    alleged peaceful teachings in exactly the same way.
    Then explain why their
    ‘misunderstanding’ of Islam is an exact match
    for the violent history of
    Islamic conquest and subjugation of ‘unbelievers’.
    Non practicing ‘Muslims’
    that are uncomfortable with some aspects of Islam,
    neither speak for Islam
    nor have the theological standing to reform it.
    There is no such thing as
    ‘Islam Lite™’, no matter how much you wish there were

    • You know exactly nothing about Islam.

    • ldljg

      This is the dialogue we need to shed some light on what is in store.

      Whatever we do we must ask these questions. The immigration of these peoples and acceptance of their customs needs to be discussed openly.
      For our leaders to whitewash these concerns or demean those who want more answers by being told that we are racist or intolerant is reverse racism. Doublespeak, a word coined by George Orwell, in his blueprint for modern government, 1984.

      Finally ldljg, read some of Saul Alinsky’s 12 rules for Radicals, and keep up the great posts. (Why not apply the same rules that they use, like Rule 5, even if it is something I am not comfortable doing)
      Rule 5 example: EmilyOne’s post below.
      RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.
      RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.
      RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.
      Happy posting and Merry Christmas

  3. There’s no doubt in my mind that Justin Trudeau is a vacuous
    airhead but the big question is, “why exactly are Hamas-linked Islamists
    running around Canada without being arrested and deported?” Are we waiting for them to take over as they gain strength through immigration? Who
    are they bribing so that they can remain comfortably ensconced in Canada while
    the immigration pipeline enables them to increase their ranks every year? Are we waiting for Hamas to make all the decisions in Canada?

  4. Leave it to a pompous, self-entitled Liberal to roll around in the muck just to get some votes. No brains, even fewer ethics. Justin Trudeau is a disgrace!

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