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Donald Trump’s rhetoric ignorant, irresponsible: Canada PM Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says U.S. presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s rhetoric on Muslims is ignorant and irresponsible.

world Updated: Dec 17, 2015 09:26 IST
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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada.(Reuters Photo)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said US presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s rhetoric on Muslims is ignorant and irresponsible.

Trudeau said on Wednesday that painting the Islamic State group with a broad brush that extends to all Muslims “is not just ignorant, it’s irresponsible”.

Trump has called for a temporary ban of Muslims from entering the US in the wake of attacks in Paris and California.

Trudeau said it’s important for the prime minister to have a relationship with whomever Americans elect but when asked about Trump at a town hall, he said he stands firmly against the politics of fear, division, intolerance and hateful rhetoric.

Trudeau says scaring people doesn’t make them safer and noted he had a strong stance against the previous Canadian government’s use of identity politics.