Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Trade Minister Defends Diversity on American Talk Show

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Trade Minister Defends Diversity on American Talk Show

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Trudeau cabinet minister on late night TV

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TORONTO - Canada's trade minister found herself in a spirited debate over diversity on an American late night show.

Chrystia Freeland was part of a panel on "Real Time" with Bill Maher that aired Friday night.

Maher quoted a poll that suggested a majority of Americans don't feel that Syrian refugees share American values.

Freeland challenged Maher when he went on to say that it's nonsense to suggest that all religions are alike and share values.

She said in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris it's important to recognize the Islamic State doesn't represent Muslims and that it's important to stand up for diversity.

Canada is poised to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of this year. The government is expected to announce on Tuesday the mechanics of bringing them into the country. …

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