Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Marine le Pen Criticizes Canada's Immigration Policy during Quebec City Visit

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Marine le Pen Criticizes Canada's Immigration Policy during Quebec City Visit

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Le Pen criticizes Canada's imigration policy

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QUEBEC - The head of France's right-wing Front national party says Canada is on the wrong path with its immigration policy.

Marine Le Pen says the federal Liberal's decisions on immigration, particularly its welcoming of Syrian refugees, are "erroneous."

She made the comments on Sunday during a news conference in Quebec City.

Le Pen says Canada's political leaders have shown little regard for the consequences of their decisions.

She says the consequences could include accelerating the demands of religious minorities, such as providing space for prayer or the establishment of religious courts.

Le Pen suggested the result could be increased tensions.

"A multicultural society is a society in conflict," said the French politician, who is spending the next few days in Quebec.

Her trip will include a visit to a Bombardier plant as part of an economic mission of the European Parliament. Part of the trip is also personal in nature.

A handful of protesters showed up outside at the Quebec City hotel ahead of Le Pen's news conference. They unfurled banners denouncing her party and shouted insults, including the claim she is responsible for the rise of racism in France.

Her party has been described by its critics as xenophobic due to its strong stance against mass immigration to France.

Le Pen responded to the protesters by calling them kids who should go to bed. …

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