#QuebecCitymosqueShooting; #CanadaMuslimCommunity; #4thAnniversary
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: The fourth anniversary of the Quebec City mosque shooting today was observed today by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other members of Parliament and to call for action to fight against racism and discrimination that targets Canada's Muslim community.
Quebec City mosque shooting. Image credit: Wikipedia
"The duty to remember is the duty of honor and respect. Four years ago, six Canadians united by their faith fell victim to the bullets of a killer. This was an act of terrorism inspired by Islamophobia," Conservative MP Gérard Deltell said in the House of Commons, reported by CBC News..
"Islamophobia and all phobias based on religious beliefs have no place and must be condemned without any conditions. These forms of violence have no place in Canada. Your memory will be preserved forever; we will not forget you ever."
Yesterday Trudeau announced that Jan. 29 will become an official day of remembrance for the victims of the attack and a time to call for action against Islamophobia, defended people's right to worship free from violence.
"Every year on this day, we will honor the victims, and we will recommit ourselves to fighting the discrimination and hate that took them from us," Trudeau said Friday from outside Rideau Cottage. "No one should ever be afraid because of the way they pray. Not in Canada. And not anywhere around the world.
27-year-old Alexandre Bissonnette entered the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre on Jan. 29, 2017, and opened fire just before 8 p.m., killing six and injuring five others.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh reportedly said that legislation is being drafted by his party to target white supremacist organizations and other hate groups, but did not provide any further details.