As the new Canadian government lavishes attention on taking in 25,000 Syrian refugees, as promised by the Liberal Party, minority communities want to know its plans to regain their trust lost under the previous government of Conservative leader Stephen Harper.
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Mobina Jaffer, the first Muslim member of Canada’s Senate (upper house of parliament), told iPolitics that when you create fear in the community, it takes a while for it to go away.
Canada's new Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains is congratulated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (AFP)
“One of the tricks up our sleeve” to open the hearts and minds of the community was the release of an unofficial translation of the national anthem, said Khouri.