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There have always been difficulties in integrating immigrants into mainstream Canadian society. The underlying fear of Muslim immigrants, however, might be the suspicion that as an aggressive, proselytizing religion, they might have a religious agenda that has at its core the eventual overtaking of the Christian majority.

There is also resentment based on the perception that a group can come to Canada and use the religious freedoms we enjoy here to promote a religion that does not extend the same kind of freedom and openness in the countries from which they come.

I find it hard to welcome enthusiastically someone who lives by a philosophy or religion devoted to replacing my own.