Mr. Speaker, after the horrors of last Tuesday, I wish to tell the victims' families on behalf of all of the people of Brossard--La Prairie that we share their sorrow.
If the terrorists have lost sight of the fact that the word “islam” comes from the word “salam”, which means peace, we must not forget it. There is too frequently confusion between Islam, a religion of peace, and Islamic fundamentalism, a political dogma to which the Muslims themselves are the first to fall victim, moreover.
We have only to think of the assassination of former Egyptian President and Nobel peace prize winner Anwar Sadat.
Let us remember that Islamic fundamentalists are murdering tens of thousands of other Muslims in Algeria.
The effects of this malaise on the community are being felt not only by Muslims but by all Canadians, regardless of religion.
The arson attack on the Hamilton Hindu Temple and the threats against schoolchildren are examples of this.
I wish to speak out strongly against these acts of intolerance. Each of these acts, each rift between us, constitutes a victory for terrorism. Let us not be our own enemies.
All of my constituents prefer to call upon the best Canadians have to offer: tolerance and mutual respect.