People place messages and flowers near the Quebec City mosque.
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The Quebec City mosque shooting was a brutal blow to Canada's multicultural, open and tolerant society, revealing cracks in what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says is the nation's biggest strength.The shooting occurred one day after Trudeau, a fervent advocate of multiculturalism, said Canada would welcome all refugees regardless of their faith.The attack has cast a shadow over Canada's image as a safe and inclusive society.Muslims are a minority in Canada, totaling 1.1 million out of a total population of 36 million.Like the rest of Canada, Quebec welcomes migrants of different ethnicities from around the world, but arguably the policy of pluralism is contested here, according to Papillon.The shooting highlights a disconnect between this non-Quebec Canada, where symbols of religion and ethnic identity are worn proudly in parliament, and Quebec, which broke with its Catholic past last century and embraced secularism akin to that which emerged in France.
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