What Israelis say: Is Canada’s Justin Trudeau the Great Reformer of Islam?

 

Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi

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http://jcpa.org/is-canadas-justin-trudeau-the-great-reformer-of-islam/

 

Justin Trudeau speaking at a mosque in Surrey, British Columbia in 2014

Justin Trudeau speaking at a mosque in Surrey, British Columbia in 2014, before becoming Canada’s Prime Minister.

  • Justin Trudeau, Canadian prime minister and leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, has become an icon of the West’s rapprochement with Islam and its openness to Islamic values.
  • Trudeau is perceived as a reformer of Islam, who, in the guise of displaying a clear affection for Islam, is attempting to inculcate the younger generation with liberalism. He seeks to create over the years a Muslim community that will adopt liberal values and distance itself from the religious leadership in a process similar to that experienced by other immigrant communities.
  • The foundations of the liberal policy executed by Trudeau, who enjoys the support of the Canadian Islamic establishment, are in contradiction to the principles of Islam.

Justin Trudeau, Canadian prime minister and leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, has become an icon of the West’s rapprochement with Islam and its openness to Islamic values.

Trudeau has unapologetically defended the right of Muslim women to wear a niqab, a traditional garment that covers the entire body and head with a slit for the eyes. He often visits mosques and Islamic centers, including those identifying with the Salafist movement and the Muslim Brotherhood, and he has praised the values of Islam, presenting them as compatible with Canadian values.

In recent years, Trudeau has consistently refused to attribute terrorist acts carried out by Muslims to Islam. According to him, Islam is free from extremism and violence. In an interview in 2014 with the publication Alameen Post in British Columbia, Trudeau advocated differentiating between terror and Islam: “He [Trudeau] feels that in light of the 9/11 incidents [al-Qaeda’s terror attacks on the United States in 2001, including the World Trade Center] and the lessons learned from it, that any time such an incident does occur there has to be a strong message needed to be sent to separate the Muslims from the terrorist.”1

The Federal Parliament, with a Liberal majority, approved Bill C-6, which repealed a provision that stripped dual citizens of their Canadian status if convicted of terrorism, treason, or espionage.2 At a Winnipeg town hall during his election campaign, Trudeau stated that in this regard, “The Liberal Party believes that terrorists should get to keep their Canadian citizenship.” Trudeau added, “As soon as you make citizenship for some Canadians [holders of dual nationality] conditional on good behaviour, you devalue citizenship for everyone.”3

Tolerance for Radicals

Trudeau ended Canada’s air combat role against Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh) in 2016 and instructed the government only to use the term “Daesh” instead of “Islamic State” to avoid the association of the atrocities committed by the Daesh with Islam. His administration renewed and even increased its aid contribution to UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinians in the Near East) in spite of the involvement of Hamas in UNWRA schools, colleges, and facilities in the Gaza Strip.4

Trudeau’s administration also initiated Motion 103, also known as the Anti-Islamophobia motion. This motion passed by Parliament led to the composition of a document of recommendations to combat “systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia.”5

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