The Muslim community has had a challenging year with rising Islamophobia in Canada and the world, Premier Kathleen Wynne told the 2017 Reviving the Islamic Spirit conference.
The year 2017 included a violent rampage at a Quebec mosque, and legislation in that province that would bar women who choose to cover their faces from accessing public services, she said.
"Violence is the worst consequence of the rising tide of Islamophobia and racism in Canada and around the world," Wynne said to applause. "But what happened in Quebec was not an isolated incident. Police statistics tell us that anti-Muslim hate crimes are on the rise."