U.S. police under scrutiny as protests erupt
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government has invested millions of dollars to combat racism in Canada but acknowledges the status quo is unacceptable and more needs to be done.
The comments follow days of sometimes violent protests in the United States over the police killing of a black man, George Floyd, which was captured on video.
Trudeau says Canadians can't pretend racism does not exist in Canada, which is why his government has supported a number of initiatives over the years that include developing anti-racism strategies and the better collection of data.
In an emotional address this morning, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh proposed a slew of measures, including better data collection on the treatment of racialized communities and more training for police officers to combat systemic racism.
Singh has previously spoken of his own experiences dealing with racism as a practising Sikh and says while he is angry over Floyd's killing in Minneapolis, Canada has its own problems that need to be addressed.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer also spoke this morning about the protests in the U.S., saying he was heartbroken by Floyd's killing and that no one should have to live in fear of the police.