Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada has reluctantly expressed his thoughts on President Trump’s controversial reaction to the protests sparked by the unjust killing of George Floyd.
A Journalist asked Trudeau at a news conference in Ottawa to share his view regarding the manner US President responded to Black Lives Matter protesters who reacted violently after a Policeman allegedly killed George Floyd in Minneapolis.
“You’ve been reluctant to comment about the words and actions of the U.S. president. But we do have now Donald Trump calling for military action against protesters. We saw protesters tear-gassed yesterday to make way for a presidential photo-op. I’d like to ask you what you think about that. And, if you don’t want to comment, what message do you think you’re sending?” asked the Journalist
Shocked Trudeau who wasn’t expecting the question stood there for over 20 seconds ruminating the question before coming up with an answer.
The Canadian PM finally said “We all watch in horror and consternation what’s going on in the United States. It is a time to pull people together, but it is a time to listen.”
“It is a time to learn what injustices continue despite progress over years and decades. But it is a time for us as Canadians to recognize that we too have our challenges,”
“That black Canadians and racialized Canadians face discrimination as a lived reality every single day,”
“There is systemic discrimination in Canada, which means our systems treat Canadians of color, Canadians who are racialized, as differently than they do others.”