Ministers Condemn Disturbing Attacks Against Visible and Religious Minorities in Canada Following Terrorist Attacks on Paris

Ottawa, Canada, 18 November 2015 - Today, Minister of Democratic Institutions, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, the Honourable Bardish Chagger issued the following statement condemning the reprehensible acts of hatred and racism that have occurred in Canada since last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

“We strongly condemn the recent attacks that have targeted visible and religious minorities in Canada as we have regrettably seen with the fire at the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association’s mosque in Peterborough, the acts of vandalism at the Ram Dham Hindu Temple in Kitchener, and the cowardly attack on a Muslim woman in Toronto.

“As Canadians, we must denounce acts of violence that attempt to solve hate with hate.

“Diversity is Canada’s strength. At a time like this, it is more important than ever to demonstrate to each other, and to the world, our values of pluralism and acceptance, as embodied in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“The perpetrators of the violence in Paris must be brought to justice, not rewarded with a lessening of our commitments to tolerance, inclusion, and compassion.

“We call on all Canadians to stand together and face this challenge with resolve, with courage and with fortitude.”


  • Paul Duchesne
    Office of the Minister of Democratic Institutions
  • Scott Bardsley
    Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
  • Laura Morin
    Office of the Minister of Small Business and Tourism