‘This was a terrorist attack’: Trudeau condemns London hit-and-run that left four Muslim family members dead

Lokawaaz,June 9,2021:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today condemned a “brutal, cowardly and brazen” attack on a London, Ont. Muslim family, saying the hit-and-run that left four people dead was a terrorist assault motivated by religious hatred.

“This killing was no accident. This was a terrorist attack,” Trudeau said in a speech in the House of Commons.

Trudeau said Sunday’s attack was not a one-off, citing numerous eruptions of anti-Muslim violence in recent years that have claimed lives.

The Quebec City mosque massacre, the September murder of a man at a Rexdale, Ont. mosque and multiple less violent — but still alarming — episodes like the recent harassment of Black Muslim women in Edmonton reveal a troubling streak of Islamophobia in Canada, Trudeau said.

“They were all targeted because of their Muslim faith. This is happening here, in Canada, and it has to stop,” he said.

Just as Canadians mobilized to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Trudeau said, the country must come together to fight an “ugly, pervasive trend” of anti-Muslim violence that threatens the security of some communities.

Trudeau said such attacks are fuelled by “toxic rhetoric … discrimination” and online “extremism” that has been allowed to fester.

A spokesperson for Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault said that, to address the proliferation of hateful content online, the government is drafting new legislation that will “ensure online platforms have a proactive duty to monitor and remove illegal content before it causes further harm.”

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