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‘Trump’s rhetoric has opened the lid on things’: MPs concerned about political polarization in U.S., some blame Trump’s rhetoric for emboldening alt-right extremists

By Abbas Rana      

Canada can be a ‘guiding light’ of civility for the U.S. in tackling tough issues, says former U.S. ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, who blamed the White House's divisive rhetoric as the primary cause of recent violent attacks.

U.S. President Donald Trump, pictured. Liberal MP Wayne Easter, NDP MP Charlie Angus, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, and Bruce Heyman, former U.S. ambassador to Canada say it’s critical that politicians, regardless of any political leaning, try to use language that brings people together, not cause divisions. Photograph courtesy of Gage Skidmore

MPs across party lines say they’re concerned about the increase in intensity and frequency of violent race- and religion-based incidents, condemning the Pittsburgh shooting, the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history, and some, including the former U.S. ambassador to Canada, are blaming U.S> President Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric, saying it’s emboldening alt-right extremists to resort to violence.

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