"Fear doesn't make us safer, it makes us weaker," Justin Trudeau said. (Photo: CP)"I don't think it comes as a surprise to anybody that I stand firmly against the politics of division, the politics of fear, the politics of intolerance or hateful rhetoric," he said. Trump, the boisterous businessman who is leading in the polls among candidates for the Republican nomination, has attacked immigration and suggested that Muslims be barred from entering the United States. Without mentioning Trump's name, Trudeau decried his politics.
"If we allow politicians to succeed by scaring people, we don't actually end up any safer," he said. "Fear doesn't make us safer, it makes us weaker. At this time, when there is reason to be concerned for security around the world and here at home, we need to remain focused on keeping our communities safe and keeping our communities united instead of trying to build walls and scapegoat communities." Muslims, he said are the greatest victims of terrorist acts around the world. "Painting ISIS and others with a broad brush that extends to all Muslims is not just ignorant, it is irresponsible."
"Painting ISIS and others with a broad brush that extends to all Muslims is not just ignorant, it is irresponsible."
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a town hall meeting moderated by Paul Wells, Wednesday December 16, 2015 in Ottawa. (Photo: CP)"I took a very different approach that was much more inclusive, much friendlier, much more focused on listening and engaging and solving problems rather than creating conflicts and Canadians responded very positively to that," Trudeau said. "Now, why would citizens in the international community be any different?" He said you don't always need to be tough. "So, I don't see being smart and reasonable in how we engage with others as a sign of weakness." During the hour-long program at the National Arts Centre, the prime minister fielded questions from journalists, the audience and people on social media. He was quizzed on everything from tax policy to refugees, to his shoes and the latest "Star Wars" movie — which he said was very good.
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