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Trudeau fields questions in Quebec City as town hall tour continues

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The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, January 18, 2018 7:35PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, January 18, 2018 11:33PM EST

QUEBEC – Canada must do a better job of welcoming newcomers and never forget that diversity is the country’s strength, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a crowd at his latest town-hall event in Quebec City on Thursday.

Trudeau fielded a number of questions on immigration and the need to fight intolerance during his stop in the city, which is preparing to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 29, 2017 deadly mosque shooting where six men were killed.

The evening began with a question on how to better integrate immigrants into Canadian society and ended with Trudeau delivering an impassioned speech on the need to fight racism after a woman expressed concern over recent public demonstrations by far-right groups.

“There is much more we need to do as citizens to create neighbourhoods, a society, a political debate that is more respectful, less anchored in ignorance and insecurity and intolerance,” he told the several hundred people in a high school gymnasium.

“We all have our role to play.”

Trudeau, holding a microphone and with his shirt sleeves rolled up, encouraged Canadians to remember and protect its history as a welcoming society.

“And that is done by remembering that this country we built didn’t happen by accident and it won’t continue without effort,” he said in the nearly 10-minute long speech, which was met by applause.

The town-hall event began with a young man who said he was from Venezuela, who said his mother had yet to find work after two years in Canada and asked why so many immigrant professionals had jobs such as cleaning floors.

Source: ctvnews