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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2554

Trudeau speaks his heart out!

By S.H.Moulana

The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, never hesitate to express his sincere and frank view on any global issue.

We saw how saddened he was to learn about the Christchurch massacre from his moving speech to a stunned Canadian House of Commons, which received a standing ovation from the members.

He said ‘’Our hearts ache for mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, partners and friends, who never had the chance to say goodbye to their loved ones.

Loved ones killed by a hateful individual who ascribed to a hateful ideology.

Canada is home to over a million Muslims who live and thrive in a true and open secular democracy. It is our responsibility to maintain this freedom, so that those who choose to practice faith can do so without fear or violence.

To our Muslim friends here in Canada, in New Zealand and around the world, know that we mourn with you. We feel your pain and we love you. We will stand by you in difficult days and weeks to come. When we fail to denounce hatred with total conviction, we empower those people and legitimize their violence.

Toxic rhetoric is dangerous, hateful and vile. It lives and festers online, spilling out into real world with deadly consequences. There are more good people than bad in the world. The light outweighs the dark, the good greatly outnumbers the evil. We see it when our citizens come together at vigils in the wake of tragedy.

I am calling on politicians of all stripes to follow the examples set by the good people we serve and do the right thing. We must counter this hatred. And together we will. Thank you Mr.Speaker.’’

This is a condensed version of Trudeau’s speech delivered in English and French simultaneously and acclaimed world over by all peace-loving people.

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