Today marks the one year anniversary of the Quebec City mosque shooting that killed six and wounded 19 others, five seriously, as they were ending their evening prayers. The attacker, Alexandre Bissonnette, is facing six charges each of first-degree murder and attempted murder and will stand trial in March.
The event made national headlines and brought Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to tears as he and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard sat in a packed hockey arena in Montreal’s Olympic park for the funeral.
In a statement reflecting back on the incident, Trudeau reaffirmed the federal government’s solidarity with Canada’s Muslim community.
“This was a terrorist attack against all Canadians, meant to test our resolve and weaken our values. It failed. A year later, our message has not changed: We are stronger together. No matter our faith or where we were born, we are equal members of this country,” he said.
“We will not let an act of intolerance divide us and make any Canadian feel less at home. We will continue to fight Islamophobia and take action against it and all other forms of hatred and discrimination, and defend the diversity that makes Canada strong.”
So we want to know: Do you feel Islamophobia has become worse or better over the last year? What is your take?