You have to wonder if Liberal leadership wannabe Justin Trudeau has anyone around him who realizes how completely idiotic it is to tell people who don’t like the idea of him speaking to a group sponsored by a terrorist supporting organization that they are ‘racists’:
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.”
I am also very curious how Trudeau equating this to 100-year-old French/English issues plays out in Quebec:
He pointed to 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. (see here)
I’m going to guess that the average Quebecer doesn’t relate to being lumped in with someone who is Reviving the Islamic Spirit.
Update: Well that didn’t take long…
Brian Lee Crowley, managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute:
…the controversy surrounding the conference was not about politics but about connections to “radical Islamists who think Western ‘liberty’ is simply a sign of decadence and moral decay.”Laurier would have recognized them as people to be called out and specifically excluded from the search for a modus vivendi suited to Canadian life,” (see here)