Speaking at a public housing ground-breaking event in Regina, Goodale says the weekend of violent clashes between right and left wing groups should remind Canadians there is a history of racism here.
Goodale says though we pride ourselves — as Canadians — on tolerance and diversity, extremism in Canada does exist.
“We’re not immune to it,” Goodale said. “We should not be at all smug or complacent. We need to make sure that our security measures are strong and that our police and security agencies have all the resources and take all the steps they need to take.”
Goodale says in light of events in Charlottesville and the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, he underscores the Canadian government is doing all it can to protect Canadians when travelling.
“Beyond that, we need to reinforce in the public social fabric, the principles of inclusion, the respect for one another and building our common sense of community.”
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned racist violence and hate in all its forms on social media.
He too acknowledged Canada “isn’t immune to racist violence and hate.”
(With files from Drew Postey)