Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounces the attack terrorist with a knife who killed three people in a church in Nice, France.
“We absolutely condemn these unacceptable hate terrorist attacks. There is absolutely nothing that does not justify this violence, ”he said Thursday on the sidelines of a virtual meeting with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
“At the same time, we owe it to ourselves to recognize that these criminals, these terrorists, these murderers, do not in any way represent Islam or the Muslim people,” he added.
Mr. Trudeau had earlier taken to social networks to offer his condolences to the relatives of the victims and his support to the French people.
The Leader of the Official Opposition in Ottawa, Conservative Erin O’Toole, did the same.
“Islamist terrorism is a scourge that must be denounced and fought. We strongly condemn this cowardly gesture, ”he said on Twitter.
Earlier on Thursday, the leader of the Bloc Québécois Yves-François Blanchet invited Mr. Trudeau to denounce without nuance and without ambiguity the new attack in France.
He believes that the Canadian Prime Minister took too long to condemn the assassination of French professor Samuel Paty and that his reaction was “weak”.
The 47-year-old teacher in the Paris region was beheaded on October 16 by an 18-year-old refugee of Chechen Russian origin because he showed caricatures of Muhammad during classes on freedom of expression.
“I don’t think there should be any nuance. Saying that we must denounce, but without igniting passions, is like negotiating with a hostage taker, ”commented Mr. Blanchet.
On Tuesday, Mr. Trudeau appealed for calm as he denounced the assassination of Mr. Paty.
“We are also in a situation where tensions ignite, rhetoric is carried away and we owe it to ourselves to be listening and to work in calm to prevent an increase of tensions or of misunderstanding in the world” , he had said.