Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Liberal Party and the most widely touted name to be the next Prime Minister of Canada, is at the center of a controversy this week for a 2011 visit to the Al-Sunnah Al-Nabawiah mosque in Montreal, which was identified by U.S. intelligence officials as a site where "known al-Qaeda members were recruited, facilitated or trained."
Steven Blaney, Canada's minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, declared: "It is completely unacceptable that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau would associate with a group that allegedly radicalizes Canadians to join al-Qaeda and engage in acts of unspeakable violent extremism. Now he is pandering for votes amongst religious extremists in our own communities. It is clear that Justin Trudeau cannot be trusted to keep Canadians safe."
Trudeau dismissed the controversy: "I think I've probably been to every single different mosque in my riding. I know a number of people who have been listed by the U.S. government on a no-fly list and we in Canada have our own determinations for those sorts of things because the U.S. is known to make mistakes from time to time; are there any other questions?"