Canadian News Nov 4, 2020 10:04 PM EST

Bloc Quebecois Leader blasts Trudeau's weak stance on free speech and French terror attacks

Last week, Justin Trudeau compared drawing a cartoon of Mohammed to yelling a fire in a theatre. He then walked back these comments.

Bloc Quebecois Leader blasts Trudeau's weak stance on free speech and French terror attacks
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Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves Francois Blanchet attacked Trudeau during question period on Wednesday, referencing the terror attacks and free speech crisis sparked by religious tensions abroad.  Trudeau also admitted to not having spoken to French President Macron.

This "diplomatic coldness" is an issue for Blanchet. He says, "Justin Trudeau does not speak for Quebec. He must apologize to France."

The apology is demanded not only due to the aloofness of the prime minister, but also his weak stance on free speech, a topic which played a major role in the recent terrorist attacks.

Last week, Justin Trudeau compared drawing a cartoon of Mohammed to yelling a "fire in a theatre." He then walked back these comments.

This is a reversal from what the prime minister said last week when he suggested—after being asked about the beheading of a teacher who displayed Mohammad cartoons to his class—that "free expression has its limits."

Quebec Premier Francois Legault said that he "totally disagrees" with the prime minister, and that he preferred the stance of Emmanuel Macron, who has stood up for the rights of freedom of expression, no matter how offensive.

Blanchet concurs with Legault in condemning the prime minister.

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