Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Conservative Muslims Friday night to get involved in the next election campaign to ensure that the Conservative party “never again” stokes fear and division against the community.
“Even though it is going to make my life as Liberal leader a little bit more difficult,” Trudeau said at The Canadian-Muslim Vote’s Eid dinner, a gathering of some 1,500 politically engaged Muslims, “I want you to encourage Conservative Muslims to get out and help their local Conservative candidate, to go knock [on] doors, to donate to the Conservative party, to attend a rally for the Conservative leader… .
“Our government will always stand with you and all Muslim Canadians in condemning Islamophobia and all forms of hate at home and abroad,” Trudeau said, in fighting form at the first campaign event since the House of Commons broke for the summer.
The Canadian-Muslim Vote is a non-partisan organization that seeks to identify and get out the Muslim vote. The prime minister was joined on stage by 20 Liberal MPs from the Greater Toronto Area, including five cabinet ministers: Ahmed Hussen, Maryam Monsef (who was repeatedly noted as having been the first ever Muslim appointed to cabinet), Bill Blair, Mary Ng, and Kirsty Duncan. Two Grit candidates received shout-outs from the stage: Milton’s Adam van Koeverden, the four-time Olympic medallist, and law professor Anita Anand, who is running in Oakville.