Yves Francoeur, the head of the Montreal police union, has backpedalled after making comments on Monday about the city’s “multi-ethnic character” and its relationship to radicalized Muslims.
Canadian Muslim Forum president Samer Majzoub called Francoeur out on CBC Daybreak on Tuesday morning, telling host Ainslie MacLellan that the union head’s explanation of his comments didn’t cut it.
“It’s a very, extremely Islamophobic statement,” Majzoub said on Tuesday.
He later put out a news release intended to clarify his comments. In the release, he said Montreal’s cultural diversity was not a problem in and of itself, but that it was an important facet for police to consider…
…Majzoub said he wasn’t satisfied by Francoeur’s statement.
He said it’s unfortunate, because Montreal Muslim community and the police have an otherwise good relationship.
“When you start targeting people in particular, whether it’s because of their skin colour or religion or culture, it only complicates matters. I don’t think this is really facilitating the co-operation between the police and the Muslim community, or any other community,” Majzoub said.