Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Premier Legault Says Province Does Not Suffer from Islamophobia

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Premier Legault Says Province Does Not Suffer from Islamophobia

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Legault says no Islamophobia in Quebec

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GATINEAU, Que. - Premier Francois Legault said Thursday there is no Islamophobia in Quebec, closing the door on the idea of designating a national day to combat the problem.

On Tuesday, the second anniversary of a mosque shooting that killed six Muslim men in Quebec City, his deputy premier Genevieve Guilbault appeared open to the idea of a national day to combat Islamophobia, which had been proposed by Muslim groups.

"Genevieve was careful in saying that we were going to look at that," Legault told reporters at the end of a caucus meeting in Gatineau, Que. "We looked at it, and there won't be any, that's clear."

As for why, he said simply: "Listen, I don't think there is Islamophobia in Quebec." After the news conference a press aide told media the premier meant to say "there is no current of Islamophobia in Quebec. …

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