I have been working with Muslim communities in Quebec for more than 15 years. I have been able to see the progress of Muslim Quebeckers, but I have also seen the many barriers to social acceptance that they have to overcome.
Unfortunately, for years, we have heard about Muslims being belittled and stigmatized in political speeches or public and media commentaries. Yet Muslims in Quebec have not seen their views, challenges and concerns taken very seriously.
In the meantime, the rise of right-wing extremist groups in Quebec has become very problematic. The NCCM argues that there is a direct link between hate speech and violence against minority groups. However, a number of Quebec politicians have acknowledged that the climate created by Islamophobic rhetoric has contributed to the emergence of violence against Quebec Muslims, which led to the terrorist act against the Centre culturel islamique de Québec, but no concrete measures have really been taken.
The trauma caused by that attack still permeates Quebec's Muslim communities. I met with the families of the victims and the wider community, and I can say that communities are extremely concerned about their future, especially their children's future. This type of challenge is only starting to be heard by the provincial government and some opposition parties.
I would be happy to further elaborate during the time for questions.