Trudeau supports Jagmeet Singh after he was kicked out of House of Commons
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is supporting NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh after he was kicked out of the House of Commons on Wednesday for refusing to apologize after calling a Bloc Québécois MP racist.
During his press conference on Thursday, Trudeau said that it's not his place to criticize Singh for speaking out against racism.
"In regards to what Mr. Singh said, it is not for me to criticize any Canadian, particularly not the only racialized leader in the House of Commons, for making other people uncomfortable by calling them out for not recognizing systemic discrimination," he said.
Trudeau, on Singh being booted from the House for calling a Bloc MP racist:— Rachel Gilmore (@atRachelGilmore) June 18, 2020
"It is not for me to criticize...the only racialized leader in the [HoC] for making other people uncomfortable by calling them out for not recognizing systemic racism."
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Trudeau added that Singh is allowed to make people uncomfortable by vocalizing issues.
"I think it's important that we recognize when the only racialized leader in the House of Commons makes a statement like that, that it comes from a place that yes, will make people uncomfortable but needs to be dealt with," Trudeau said.
Trudeau also addressed the Bloc Québécois in general, expressing his regret that the party has yet to acknowledge systemic racism in Canada.
"It is disappointing that the Bloc Québécois continues to refuse to accept that systemic discrimination, systemic racism exists within our country," he said.
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Trudeau's words come just after Singh released an emotional video on Wednesday evening, discussing racism in Canada and the incident in the House of Commons.
On Thursday, Singh also thanked Trudeau for saying "nice things" during an interview on 640 Toronto, but said that the Prime Minister must back up his words.
"We need to see action," he said. "And that's what I'm calling for, concrete action to end the use of force and the brutality and the lives being lost."
Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet is demanding an apology from Singh for calling Therrien racist, saying that he hopes Singh's apology "will be as fervent as his insult was."
Blanchet is also seeking to extend Singh's ban from the House of Commons beyond one day.
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