Jagmeet Singh booted out of the House of Commons after accusing MP of being racist
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was kicked out of the House of Commons on Wednesday afternoon after accusing Bloc Quebecois MP Alain Therrien of being racist.
Speaker Anthony Rota made the decision to toss Singh out after the NDP Leader refused to retract his comment.
"It's true," Singh said. "I called him a racist."
When Deputy Speaker Carol Hughes later asked Singh to apologize for the comment, he said, "I will not."
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was removed from the House of Commons today for calling someone a racist and refusing to apologize 😱-📹 @CPAC_TV #Canada #NDP #JagmeetSingh #cdnpoli #BLMCanada pic.twitter.com/2HWxdaxDti— Freshdaily (@freshdaily) June 17, 2020
The very tense moment happened just a few minutes after the special sitting began.
Singh was seeking unanimous consent from the House of Commons to pass a motion calling on the House to recognize that there is systemic racism within the RCMP.
The NDP Leader was also lobbying for the government to review the RCMP budget, as well as to implement several accountability measures related to the RCMP, including examining the use of force by members.
Here is Jagmeet's motion: pic.twitter.com/htev4zMWR3— Anthony Salloum (@vasalloum) June 17, 2020
All other parties seemed to agree with Singh's motion with the exception of the Bloc Quebecois, who gave an audible "no."
Singh and Therrien then exchanged a few heated words off camera. When Singh was asked later to repeat what he had said, he admitted before the House to having called Therrien a racist.
Singh later explained that he got "angry" after Therrien brushed off and dismissed the motion.
"But I'm sad now," Singh added. "Because why can't we act? Why can't we do something to save people's lives? We can do something, and why would someone say no to that?"
"In that moment I got angry. But I'm sad now. Because why can't we act? Why can't we do something to save people's lives? We can do something, and why would someone say no to that?" @theJagmeetSingh says of calling a Bloc MP racist, choking back tears.https://t.co/MBAL1ERYkc pic.twitter.com/p0K2FE9mD2— Rachel Gilmore (@atRachelGilmore) June 17, 2020
Speaker Anthony Rota ruled that Singh will not be allowed to participate in the rest of today's sitting.
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