Hours after New Zealand terror attack, Andrew Scheer offers olive branch to Muslims - 2019-03-15
Under fire in recent weeks for playing footsie with white nationalists, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer denounced Friday's horrific attack in New Zealand as an attack on freedom, while initially failing to mention that Muslims were the victims of a terrorist attack.
"Freedom has come under attack in New Zealand as peaceful worshippers are targeted in a despicable act of evil. All people must be able to practice their faith freely and without fear," said the statement posted on Scheer's Twitter account. "There are no words strong enough to condemn this kind of vile hatred. I am praying for peace for the families of those lost and recovery for those injured."
Scheer posted the same message on his Facebook page, but hours later issued a new statement that said his Conservative party was "grieving" with the Muslim community.