Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defends the burkini

Justin Trudeau called for "the respect of individual rights and choices."

By: AFP | Ottawa | Published: August 23, 2016 7:41 am
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has defended individual rights and freedoms while touting cultural diversity and tolerance when asked about a controversy swirling in France over a burkini ban.

“We should be past tolerance in Canada,” Trudeau told reporters after meeting with his ministers to plan the government’s legislative agenda on Monday.

Some lawmakers in Canada’s Quebec province have called for outlawing “burkinis” — body-concealing Islamic swimsuits — following bans in at least 15 towns in France’s southeast. They include the French Riviera resort town of Nice, the target of a jihadist attack on July 14, with the proponents citing the need to prevent public disorder.

Trudeau called for “the respect of individual rights and choices.” This, he said, should be “at the top of public discourse and debate.”

Trudeau dismissed the idea of a burkini ban in Canada, saying Canadians should rise above the controversy.

“In Canada, can we speak of acceptance, openness, friendship, understanding? It is about where we are going and what we are going through every day in our diverse and rich communities,” he said.

Trudeau bemoaned instances where governments preach tolerance but act to undermine individual rights, saying with irony: “Tolerating someone means accepting their right to exist on the condition that they don’t disturb us too, too much.”

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    Abhinav Gour
    Aug 23, 2016 at 5:17 am
    Intolerence towards Islamic Chlture is what Driving Muslim Youth towards Terrorism with a Vengeance.... The World should think about it
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      Munzir Baig
      Aug 23, 2016 at 6:01 am
      They will go, what about you as you have on Nepal to go.
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        View
        Aug 23, 2016 at 5:45 am
        Go back to your desert. Nobody wants you in their country if you can't mix with them.
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        1. Yasmine Mohsen
          Aug 23, 2016 at 4:07 pm
          Bob; Where is the tolerance of Saudi Arabia in building any church on their land??? How many mosques do muslims have in Italy??? Who is the intolerant here??? Stop finding excuses for terrorism and blaming it on the West. Muslims have no tolerance for their Christian compatriots in stan, egypt, Iraq, Sudan, Nigeria ... etc. They simply want to dominate wherever they are and are not satisfied in being equal with the rest of the potion. In Germany, Belgium and Switzerland they treated muslims so kindly yet muslims are paying the country back by destroying it. Why? Because " infidels kuffar" are worthy of being killed. Blame it on the ideolgy itself please?
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          1. Yasmine Mohsen
            Aug 23, 2016 at 3:44 pm
            Intolerance of Muslims and their Quran against other religions is what is driving terrorism. Isn't this why muslims drove all Christians out of their homes in Mosel Iraq? Did these Iraqi Christians do anything to muslims??? Stop finding excuse for terrorism. This religion have lots of violence that is given a devine ligitimacy and must be modified.
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