Flash Event: The Quebec City Mosque Shooting: What Have We Learned?

C4E Flash Event

On the evening of January 29, 2017, a University of Laval student entered a mosque in Quebec City after evening prayers, opening fire on the worshippers. In the end, he killed six, and wounded nineteen others. Although motivated by anti-Muslim animus, he was not charged with terrorism, but rather with first-degree murder. The massacre should have reminded Canadians that the election of Justin Trudeau did not usher in a new feel good era that spelled the end of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim animus in Canada.

One year later, what has Canada learned from this attack? Did it learn anything, or has it been forgotten or minimized in an attempt to preserve a complacent view of Canada as a successful, multicultural state that has successfully integrated immigrants without triggering the rise of right-wing, xenophobic nationalism, as has occurred in the United States and elsewhere, including in Europe?


Christopher Cochrane
Political Science, University of Toronto

Mohammad Fadel
Law, University of Toronto

Jasmin Zine
Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University

Mon, Jan 29, 2018
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
Rm 200, Larkin Building