It was supposed to be a celebration of inclusiveness and new beginnings. But a Canada Day party and citizenship ceremony at a Brossard Islamic community centre on Friday faced some backlash on social media.

On Facebook, one person called the organizers traitors to Canada. Others made rude remarks about the Islamic faith.

The choice of the venue was to gather different members of the community, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, said Liberal MP Alexandra Mendes.

Mendes took part in the ceremony. She also received some criticism after inviting her constituents to the cultural centre, which includes a mosque.

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