Trudeau visits Peterborough, Ont., mosque repaired after arson

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Peterborough, Ont., today where he spoke at a mosque that had been damaged by arson last November.

Prime minister calls for moment of silence for Burkina Faso victims before speaking

PM Trudeau leads moment of silence at mosque

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Peterborough's Masjid al-Salaam mosque honours the 6 Quebecers killed in the Burkina Faso hotel attacks

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Peterborough, Ont., today, where he spoke at a mosque that was damaged by arson last November.

He toured Masjid al-Salaam, the city's only mosque, which reopened in late December after repairs were made, and attended its open house.

"What happened to this place of worship just one day after the brutal terrorist attacks in Paris is reprehensible. I have not met a single Canadian who was not as profoundly disturbed as I was to see this kind of hate crime taking place," Trudeau said. 

Congregation members clean up debris on Nov. 15, 2015, after the only mosque in Peterborough, Ont., was deliberately set alight. (Christopher Katsarov/Canadian Press)

A firebomb was placed in one of the windows of the mosque one day after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, for which the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claimed responsibility. The arson was one of a string of anti-Muslim assaults in Ontario that followed the bloodshed in the French capital.

Before his speech, Trudeau offered his solidarity to the Canadian families who lost loved ones in Friday's attack in Burkina Faso. 

"Yesterday we got terrible news of violent terrorism in Burkina Faso where six Canadian people were killed," he said. "In solidarity with their families, who are suffering an unspeakable and tragic loss, I ask you to join me in a moment of silence and reflection."