The Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, criticized the remarks of new Liberal leader, Justin Trudeau, on Wednesday regarding the need “to look at the root causes” of what led to this week’s terrorist attack in Boston. Trudeau was inquired in an interview on Tuesday night, about how he would have responded to the attacks that killed three people and left about 170 injured.
Trudeau replied that he would have offered the American material support “and at the same time, over the coming days, we have to look at the root causes.” He alleged “now, we don’t know now if it was terrorism or a single crazy or a domestic issue or a foreign issue,” “But there is no question that this happened because there is someone who feels completely excluded. Completely at war with innocents. At war with a society. And our approach has to be, where do those tensions come from? “Yes, there’s a need for security and response.” Additionally, Trudeau added that “but we also need to make sure that as we go forward, that we don’t emphasize a culture of fear and mistrust. Because that ends up marginalizing even further those who already are feeling like they are enemies of society.”
Whereas, Harper was speaking to reporters from London after attending the funeral of former British prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, on Wednesday, when he alleged that Trudeau’s answer was unacceptable. He stated that “when you see this kind of action, when you see this kind of violent act, you do not sit around trying to rationalize it or make excuses for it or figure out its root causes.” He explained that “you condemn it categorically and to the extent that you can deal with the perpetrators you deal with them as harshly as possible and that is what this government would do if it ever was faced with such actions.”
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