Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in Peterborough on Sunday, January 17th, 2016, accompanied by Peterborough-Kawartha MP and Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef, to meet with the board of the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association (KMRA) and to visit the Masjid Al-Salaam mosque.
After meeting with the board at 9 a.m., the Prime Minister and Minister Monsef will then attend a private reception with community leaders.
While the meeting and reception are not open to the public, Prime Minister Trudeau will also attend a public open house at the Masjid Al-Salaam mosque at 10 a.m.
He will make brief remarks before leaving for a Cabinet retreat at Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews by-the-Sea in New Brunswick.
The Masjid Al-Salaam mosque, at 784 Parkhill Road West in Peterborough, was damaged by arson in November 2015. The act of vandalism was classified as a hate crime.
At the open house, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, KMRA is inviting local residents and others to explore the mosque and the beliefs and practices of those who worship there.
KMRA and volunteers from the mosque organized the open house to thank local people for their overwhelming support after the arson at the mosque. They also want to make people more familiar with the religion of Islam.
The open house will feature tours, free refreshments, and a chance to observe prayer and interact with Canadian Muslims at the mosque.