Hate­ful words can have tragic con­se­quences: Trudeau


A mass shoot­ing that killed six men at a Que­bec mosque is a grim re­minder that hate­ful words seek­ing to ex­clude or de­mean oth­ers can have tragic con­se­quences, Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau told a funeral ser­vice Fri­day for three of the vic­tims.

“It’s high time those be­hind these mes­sages — whether they are politi­cians, ra­dio or TV hosts or other pub­lic per­son­al­i­ties — re­al­ize the harm their words can cause,” Trudeau said, prompt­ing a wave of ap­plause.

“Con­fronted with these words that hurt and ex­clude, it falls on us to de­fend the val­ues that are im­por­tant to us,” he told sev­eral thou­sand mourn­ers at the Que­bec City con­ven­tion cen­tre.

“Every one of us is re­spon­si­ble for lead­ing the fight against in­jus­tice and dis­crim­i­na­tion in daily life, for act­ing in a way that rep­re­sents who we are, that rep­re­sents Canada, that rep­re­sents the coun­try that Azze­dine Soufi­ane, Ma­madou Tanou Barry and Ibrahima Barry loved so much.”

Trudeau said Ma­madou Tanou Barry, 42, Ibrahima Barry, 39, and Soufi­ane, 57, were ex­tra­or­di­nary men who loved their fam­i­lies, their com­mu­ni­ties and their faith.

The Barry men were from Guinea, while Soufi­ane came from Morocco.

The cer­e­mony came a day af­ter a sim­i­lar ser­vice in Mon­treal for Ab­delkrim Has­sane, 41, Khaled Belka­cemi, 60, and Aboubaker Thabti, 44, the three other peo­ple shot to death in the car­nage.

Hus­sein Guil­let, an imam, said it is im­por­tant to build on the tragedy.

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