Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a long pause today before answering a question about the US President Donald Trump’s reaction to the racial violence going on in that country.
Speaking outside his Rideau cottage home this morning, Trudeau stood silently for a time before answering that Canadians are looking at the violence in the US with “horror and consternation.”
He then went on to say it’s also a time for Canadians to recognize that we too have our racial challenges.
He repeated his statement from Monday that there is systematic discrimination in Canada.
He called it a “lived reality” for Canadians of colour.
Meanwhile, American cities have erupted in violence and destruction in a seventh straight night of unrest after the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minnesota, under the knee of a white police officer.
Last night several police officers were shot or run over, amid boasts and threats from President Donald Trump to send in troops to “dominate the streets.”
My fellow Americans – My first and highest duty as President is to defend our great Country and the American People. I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our Nation — and that is exactly what I will do… pic.twitter.com/pvFxxi9BTR
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2020