Hundreds of Asian Canadians demonstrated in Montreal on Saturday and in Toronto on Sunday to protest against Justin Trudeau’s handling of an 11-year-old Muslim girl’s slander against the Asian community who falsely claimed that she was attacked by an Asian man who cut her hijab with scissors as she walked to school.
The attack made international headlines, fuelled by Justin Trudeau’s rushed condemnation of the alleged attack “based on her religion”, before Toronto police has had a chance to investigate. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory also jumped on the opportunity to condemn perceived “Islamophobia” before the investigation was complete.
Three days later police issued a statement saying that after a thorough investigation they concluded that the attack never happened.
When questioned on his rush to condemn the hijab hoax as a hate crime, instead of offering an apology, Trudeau doubled down on his condemnation of Canadians when he told Canada Press: “We’ve seen a pattern over the past months of increased hate crimes against religious minorities, particularly against young women of racialized backgrounds. This is something we need to take very, very seriously, and the pattern and the trend lines that we’re seeing is one of those warning signs of increased intolerance
The Asian Canadian community organized this weekend’s demonstrations to demand an apology from Justin Trudeau, who they say stirs up racial tension between communities.
One of the speakers at the Montreal rally told the crowd that he is tired of what is happening in Ottawa and in the mainstream media. “We are tired that one group demands more rights than the rest of us. We are all Canadians and we should have the same rights. Let’s send a message to the government that we will not put up any longer with this craziness, with this favouritism towards one ethnic group or towards one religion”, he said.
In Toronto, hundreds of protesters rallied in front of the Ontario legislature with signs saying “Hoax Today, Horror Tomorrow”, “Wynne, apologize”, “Stop Trudeau” and “All Canadians Are Equal”.
Another rally is scheduled for April 14 to demand equality for all Canadians.