Findings of Environics Institute survey reveal a community that’s not so different from other Canadians
The cover page of a new study on Muslims in Canada features six carefully chosen images: Justin Trudeau, cheek to cheek with a woman in a headscarf, in yet another grinning selfie, a bearded man in a skullcap shaking hands with a policeman, a child in tribal dress, a minaret, a handsome, barbered young guy in some sort of Canada-motif shirt who may or may not be Muslim, and a political demonstration somewhere.
The message seems to be that Muslims are a fully integrated, engaged strand in the warp and woof of Canada’s social fabric, and that everything is peachy.
The report’s contents are more clear-eyed.
“Muslims in this country,” it states flatly, “do not enjoy the acceptance accorded to other religious minorities.”