Spies, re­searchers probe anti-Mus­lim back­lash

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Ji­hadi-in­spired ex­trem­ism has dom­i­nated dis­cus­sion of ter­ror­ism in Canada in re­cent years. But the shoot­ings at a Que­bec City Is­lamic cen­tre may well rep­re­sent the flip­side of that coin: the hate-killing of Mus­lims. It is too early to know what prompted the crimes bu­tac­cused shooter Alexan­dre Bis­son­nette’s so­cial-me­dia his­tory sug­gests he was a fan of far-right, an­ti­im­mi­grant French politi­cian Marine Le Pen. Canada’s spy agency and aca­demic re­searchers have been qui­etly prob­ing the phe­nom­e­non of right-wing ex­trem­ism, and the con­cerns will fig­ure into fed­eral plans for a na­tional of­fice of counter-rad­i­cal­iza­tion.

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