The Council of Canadians mourns alongside Muslim communities

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The Council of Canadians mourns the 49 lives taken and dozens more injured in the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand yesterday.

We are grieving alongside Muslim communities everywhere and stand united in denouncing Islamaphobia and racism in all forms.

The targeting of a mosque by a white supremacist strikes at hearts across Canada, as we still mourn the murders of Azzeddine Soufiane, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Ibrahima Barry and Abdelkrim Hassane and the injuries of dozens of others in the 2017 hate-based attack in a mosque in Quebec City.

The rise of white supremacy continues around the world. Emboldened by politicians such as U.S. President Donald Trump, these terrorists’ messages focus on hatred and divisiveness.

The Council of Canadians rejects all hate-based messages and is committed to building the better, just and inclusive world we all know is possible.