Originally posted on National Post | News:

Justin Trudeau is brushing off criticism about his upcoming keynote speech at an Islamic convention, saying he’s proud to be participating in the event.

His planned Dec. 22 appearance at the Reviving the Islamic Spirit event has been attacked by an anti-Islamism website and those complaints have been picked up by some mainstream media outlets.

The critics have raised concerns about radical views and the alleged affiliation of other speakers at the event later this month; they have also pointed to alleged ties between major conference sponsors and the Islamic militant group Hamas.

But Trudeau makes no apologies for his decision to attend.

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When asked about the controversy, Trudeau said he doesn’t share the critics’ concerns and he accuses them of trafficking in misinformation. He said politicians from all parties have spoken at the annual Toronto event — including former New Democrat leader Jack Layton a few years…

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