Quebec mosque shooter motivated by Canada’s open stance on refugees

Alexandre Bissonnette,the man who killed six worshippers at a Quebec City mosque told an investigator he carried out the January 2017 attack after seeing reports the Canadian government would welcome more refugees into the country.

A video of  Bissonnette’s interrogation was played in court Friday during the third day of his sentencing hearing. Bissonnette pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder in March.

In the interrogation video, Bissonnette said he was watching TV reports about the Canadian government’s policy of welcoming refugees.

Bissonnette told Quebec City police Sgt. Steve Girard during an interrogation, “The Canadian government was, you know, going to take in more refugees, you know, those who couldn’t go to the United States would end up here. I just lost it.”

The day before Bissonnette stormed the mosque, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that Canada would embrace refugees escaping oppression and tyranny, a move that came as President Trump first instituted his immigration plan.
“To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith,” Trudeau tweeted on January 28, 2017. “Diversity is our strength. #WelcomeToCanada”

Bissonnette told Girard he wanted to save people from terrorist attacks and that “maybe, thanks to what I did, there will be hundreds of people saved.”

He said he had been obsessing for months over the idea that his parents or twin brother would be victims of a terrorist attack after a string of such attacks in Europe.
“I had to do something, it was torturing me inside.”