Hate Crimes

As Canada mourns victims of mosque shooting, warnings of rising anti-Islam sentiment

As Canada mourns victims of mosque shooting, warnings of rising anti-Islam sentiment

After a gunman killed six people and wounded 19 others at a Quebec City mosque, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was quick to condemn the killings as a “terrorist attack on Muslims.”

He went on to say that “Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country.” Candlelight vigils across Canada mourned the victims.

But that sentiment elides a more uncomfortable truth: the number of police-reported hate crimes against Muslim-Canadians more than doubled between 2012 and 2014, from 45 to 99.

Amira Elghawaby, communications director at the National Council of Canadian...

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