Justin Trudeau should respond to critics, Garneau says

Justin Trudeau and Marc Garneau. (QMI Agency file photos)

Justin Trudeau and Marc Garneau. (QMI Agency file photos)

Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:38 PM ET

OTTAWA - Marc Garneau says he wouldn't go to the controversial Islamic conference Justin Trudeau will address next weekend.

Garneau, a Liberal leadership contender, says he doesn't like one of the sponsors of the Reviving the Islam Spirit conference because of its connection to Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group.

IRFAN-Canada describes itself as a humanitarian organization, but lost its charitable status in 2010 after the Canada Revenue Agency found it had given $14.6 million in resources to Hamas.

Past participants of the RIS conference have had strong ties to terrorist organizations, including one co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings.

"As an MP I'm ready to meet with any group at any time to talk about our shared values of peace, tolerance and equality," Garneau said. "In this case, I have concerns. One reason I wouldn't attend myself is because I'm not sure (these people) share those same values."


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