Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thinks former ISIS terrorists who are returning to Canada will have an “extremely powerful voice” in helping prevent future radicalization.
Trudeau this month sat down and did a year-end interview with Canada’s CTV News, and he was asked about returning ISIS fighters.
He thinks the likelihood of former terrorists reintegrating is “pretty remote,” Trudeau said.
“There’s a range of experiences when people come home. We know that actually someone who has engaged and turned away from that hateful ideology can be an extraordinarily powerful voice for preventing radicalization in future generations and younger people within the community,” he told CTV.
Twitter users, both Canadian and American, were rather outraged over his comments.
“Justin Trudeau is a big ISIS fan. How long until he’s prancing around at a parade, shooting a small pistol in the air [with] his jihadi buddies,” asked Steve Franssen.
And user “Joey” said: “I would appreciate for Justin Trudeau supporters to tell me why they still support him when he welcomes back ISIS TERRORISTS to Canada? Just explain your reasoning, I really don’t understand WHY.”
Trudeau this year made headlines when he said Canada wants to reintegrate returning ISIS fighters.
The Prime Minister announced in Parliament in November that ISIS fighters returning to Canada who broke Canada’s anti-terrorism laws would be prosecuted, but he also announced that the government would try to reintegrate them into society.
“We recognize the return of even one individual (who joined the ISIS group) may have serious national security implications,” Trudeau had said. “We are going to monitor them. We are also there to help them to let go of that terrorist ideology.”