At a town hall event, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked by a participant whether he would stand up to Donald Trump’s and condemn his “hateful rhetoric”. The lady emphasized that the Republican presidential candidate has a surging popularity in the latest polls. She ended with the questions, “What do you think of his politics? What would you say if you could sit down and talk to him?”
Though he highlighted that it is very important for leaders to be cautious and avoid commenting on foreign election campaigns, Trudeau’s response was clear, interpretative and excellent.
PM Justin Trudeau on “Politics of Division” and “Hateful Rhetoric”
“I don’t think it comes as a surprise to anyone that I stand firmly against the politics of division, the politics of fear, the politics of intolerance or hateful rhetoric,” said Canadian PM Justin Trudeau. “If we allow politicians to succeed by scaring people, we don’t actually end up any safer. Fear doesn’t make us safer. It makes us weaker.”
Back when elected as Prime Minister in October 2015, Trudeau began pushing policies regarding Syrian refugees. He argued that those fleeing wars deserved to be taken in by other countries and be given resources to accommodate their needs. Before the year had ended, Canada accepted 163 refugees. They are the first of 25,000 promised by the country to be resettled by March 2016.
On the other hand, Donald Trump proposed a ban on Muslim immigration to the U.S. He cited skepticism about the alleged challenges in the process of screening Syrian refugees and the high possibility of extremist violence.
Although national security is still a top priority of the Canadian PM, he emphasized that the solution is not to build walls or scapegoat the Muslim community. Although indirect, this may be in reference to Donald Trump’s proposition to build a massive wall along the Mexican border.
His final remarks of the issue gave more brilliance to his response.
“They are the greatest victims of terrorist acts around the world,” Trudeau talking about the Syrian Refugees and other Muslims. “Painting ISIS and others with a broad brush that extends to all Muslims is not just ignorant, it’s irresponsible.”