178: The Quebec City Mosque Massacre & Islamophobia in Canada

Episode 178: On the evening of January 29, 2017, a young man, armed with a pistol and a rifle concealed inside a guitar case, entered the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City, a mosque in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood of the historic city. Just over 40 people were inside the mosque at the time. Just before 8:00 pm, the man entered the prayer hall and began firing and, within two minutes, had killed 6 and seriously injured 5 other worshippers. After the shootings, the killer walked out of the building, hopped into his car and drove off. Less than 20 minutes later, the perpetrator, a 27-year-old, Canadian-born student of anthropology and political science at Laval University, surrendered to police, admitting he was the shooter. The motive? Islamophobia.

[CCIQ – Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec]
R. c. Bissonnette, 2019 QCCS 354 (CanLII), < [https://canlii.ca/t/j1672] >
Bissonnette c. R., 2020 QCCA 1585 (CanLII), < [https://canlii.ca/t/jbth0] >
[YouTube – Alexandre Bissonnette’s interrogation (en Français)]
[YouTube – Alexandre Bissonnette’s FULL interrogation (en Français) 3 hour 8 minute]
[YouTube – La déclaration des parents d’Alexandre Bissonnette]
[Les parents d’Alexandre Bissonnette jugent sa peine très sévère | Radio-Canada.ca]
[Alexandre Bissonnette’s parents speak out about their son | Global News]
[Open Letter From Raymond Bissonnette | Murder | Criminal Justice]
[‘I had to do something’: Mosque shooter said he acted to prevent terrorism | Montreal Gazette]
[Remembering the Québec City mosque attack: Islamophobia and Canada’s national amnesia]
[Court reduces sentence for Quebec City mosque attacker | Courts News | Al Jazeera]
[Alexandre Bissonnette: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy.com]
[Alexandre Bissonnette’s parents ask Prime Minister to stop calling their son a terrorist | CTV News]
[Islamophobia: Understanding Anti-Muslim Sentiment in the West]
[Islamophobia in Canada – Wikipedia]
[Read Fear of a Muslim Planet Online by Arsalan Iftikhar | Books]
[Cyber Racism and Community Resilience: Strategies For Combating Online Race Hate | Scribd]
[Naming The Gunman Glorifies His Crimes, Not Naming Him Could Undermine The Truth : NPR Public Editor : NPR]
[What is the government doing about Islamophobia in Canada? Here’s what we know – National | Globalnews.ca]
[Pourquoi les peines consécutives font-elles débat? | Radio-Canada.ca]
[Quebec City mosque shooting – Wikipedia]
[London, Ontario truck attack – Wikipedia]

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