Community leaders are working to ease fears and find ways to prevent anti-Muslim anti-immigration reaction after two arrests involving a suspected terrorist plot in Kingston, Ontario. – however, the investigation has already overcome the political debate on the safety of refugees.
Islamic community groups, mental health workers and police officers met earlier today to discuss their concerns about wider community implications after the RCMP National Security Team led youngsters with two crimes related to terrorism, arrest in connection with a supposed plan to explode explosives in an undiscovered place.
Alzahabi, who was released late today, was originally from Syria and came to Canada with his family in 2017 through a private refugee sponsorship program after living in Kuwait for 10 years.
Bronek Korcinsky, who chaired family sponsorship through the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, said the groups of communities who met today will try to eliminate rumors and spread the message that alleged crimes have nothing to do with Islam.
"It's not about any wrongdoing for any religious community, for any identified ethnic or racial group, it's about an individual or individuals who have been involved in something that has been brought to the attention of the police," he told CBC News .
Noting that the arrests are approaching the anniversary of the massive 2017 shooting in the mosque in Quebec, Korkinsky said the police had promised to raise their vigilance against a potential reaction. Six Muslim men were shot dead by a soldier who entered the mosque of the city of Quebec on January 29, 2017.
Addressing the problems of immigration
Korkinsky said he also feared that arrests and publicity about the alleged case of terrorism could cause unnecessary concerns about immigration.
"This certainly does not show in any form, shape or form that Canadians should not remain open to support newcomers, whether they are immigrants or refugees," he said.
Disgusting fears come when the political debate on immigration reheats.
Conservative leader Andrew Sheer, who accused Prime Minister Justin Trudo of maintaining weak control over the border and immigration systems, has tried to blame the liberal government for its development.
Shear pointed to Trudo
"It is also clear that the refugee review process in Canada needs to be seriously explored," he said in a statement. "We recently learned of some examples of dangerous people entering the country due to partial weakening of verification procedures."
Scheer pointed to a 2017 audit from the Canadian Border Services Agency, which found that potential security threats may not have been identified due to poor screening.
"This is totally unacceptable and should be promptly eliminated," he said. "Conservatives will continue to fight against Justin Trudo's attempts to weaken Canada's national security laws and implement real policies to ensure that the streets and communities in Canada are safe."
The arrests of last night came only hours after that Trudo warned Canadians to waitfearmongering"In terms of immigration on the eve of autumn elections.
At a meeting in North Brunswick City Hall, a young Syrian refugee thanks Trudo to allow his family to come to Canada, attracting applause from the crowd.
Trudo said in an era of growing intolerance and misinformation about migrants, Canadians have a responsibility to engage in "a positive and conceived way".
Scheer's comments "extremely unfortunate"
King Herbert's Liberal Party MP accused Sheer of doing exactly what the prime minister warned of, and called the conservative leader's remarks "extremely unfortunate."
"Whenever there is a loose connection or a potential loose connection that can create division and fear in communities, it will jump out of this opportunity," he told CBC.
"I think what Canadians have to ask is," Are we looking for a Prime Minister? Are we looking for a leader? "I'm confident the answer will be no."
Guerretsen, a former Kingston mayor, declined to comment on the potential reaction in the community as the RCMP has not yet published case details. But he said the community should feel confident that the police had acted to capture a potential security threat.
According to a news release published on Kingston's Catholic Church website detailing the travel of the Alzahabi family, the application for family sponsorship was approved in the spring of 2016, but the family still awaits their final health and safety checks owing to the "huge number of candidates".
At that time, Prime Minister Justin Trudo's government worked to attract more than 50,000 Syrian refugees to Canada through government and private sponsors.
The community supports the family
According to the newsletter, five commissions are working hard to prepare to meet the family and have raised over $ 30,000 to support their resettlement.
There was a storage room for donated furniture and consumables, as well as extensive Arabic and English support to ensure a smooth transition.
The Ontario Anglican Diocese and Kingston's Roman Catholic Archbishopric who support programs for sponsorship and resettlement of refugees issued a statement after learning through the media that one of the arrested persons is a member of a sponsored family.
"With the progress of the investigation, we support law enforcement, and our concerns, thoughts and prayers are about Kingston and the surrounding communities, the religious communities involved, the family and everyone affected by this unfortunate situation," the statement said.