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PM declaration on anti-Black racism big on talk, light on action, say politicos, observers

By Charelle Evelyn      

Three years in, Canada has recognized the UN International Decade for People of African Descent, but didn’t come with an accompanying action plan. But Liberal Black caucus chair Greg Fergus says results will come by the end of the Grits' mandate.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the government’s recognition of the UN International Decade for People of African Descent on Jan. 30 in the House foyer. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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Current and former Black Parliamentarians say it’s better late than never that the prime minister last week announced Canada’s recognition of a UN decade for people of African descent, three years into it, but some observers say they’re disappointed with the government’s lack of action to rectify inequalities affecting Black Canadians. On the eve of the start of Black History Month on Jan. 30, Mr. Trudeau (Papineau, Que.), flanked by members of the Liberal caucus and other politicians

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