'I hear you when you say you are anxious and angry, and you say this brings back painful experiences of racism that you’ve faced. I want you to know that I’m listening, and that your government will always stand with you,' the prime minister says, addressing 'young Black Canadians.'
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says 'we need to continue to make sure that peaceful protests are always able to happen.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced the actions of some protesters responsible for disrupting what had largely been a peaceful demonstration against anti-Black racism in Montreal over the weekend.
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'Our relationship with police has been one of violence, from the colonial nature of everything that has happened in Canada,' says Judith Sayers, president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council in Port Alberni, B.C.
'I get we're in a pandemic, and I'm very supportive of using the technology, but until I know that it respects the basic rights and has the highest standards, I can't see that it's going to work,' said MP Charlie Angus.
'At least at this stage, it's better to work the backrooms, work the players that have some influence with the White House, and try to ensure that such a threat doesn't become a reality,' says Canada-U.S. group co-chair.
'We do not celebrate the existence of this country in the same way other people do, because we think that the existence of this country came at a price to our ancestors and to us,' says Senator Murray Sinclair.
'Peter MacKay has a proven track record of uniting Conservatives, and that's precisely what he's doing in the leadership campaign. And that's what he'll do if he's elected as leader,' says Conservative MP Michael Cooper.