Canada is not immune to discrimination and racism and the Prime Minister is making that known. He addressed the Minneapolis protests and noted that anti-black racism happens here too. He said it's not something that only goes on in the U.S.
At the end of his daily press conference on May 29, Justin Trudeau commented on what has been going on in Minneapolis and other parts of the U.S. in the past few days.
He mentioned that Canadians are watching the situation unfold with shock and horror.
Trudeau also said that anti-black racism is real along with racism of any kind.
"It's in the United States but it's also in Canada," he said.
He acknowledged that people are facing unconscious bias, systemic discrimination and anti-black racism every single day.
"We need, as a society, to stand together, stand up against discrimination, be there for each other in respect," Trudeau said.
However, he also pointed out that our country is not perfect.
He said that we need to "understand that we have work to do as well in Canada."
Trudeau then called on Canadians to be there for each other and stand together in solidarity against anti-black racism, anti-Asian racism and discrimination of any kind.
Trudeau's comments come after days of protests in Minneapolis and across the U.S. and calls for justice for George Floyd.
Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis after being arrested and pinned to the ground by an officer with a knee to his neck. In a video of the incident, he can be heard saying that he can't breathe.
A CNN crew was also arrested live on-air while covering the situation in the city on May 29. They have all since been released.
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Just a few days before Trudeau's comments about racism in Canada, an incident in Toronto sparked an outcry from the public.
Regis Korchinski-Paquet died after falling off a balcony on May 27 and her mother said that her daughter was pushed off the balcony by Toronto Police.
A protest march is planned for May 30 in the city for Korchinski-Paquet and "other black lives that were taken at the hands of the police."
Trudeau himself has come under fire for racism in the past.
He faced criticism and backlash last year after multiple photos and a video surfaced of him in brownface and blackface.
After the incidents came to light, he told reporters that he believes it was racist but didn't think it was at the time he did it.