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Jagmeet Singh playing ‘cheap politics’ by calling Bloc MP a racist: Duceppe – Global News

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Former Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe says NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is playing “cheap politics” with his criticism that the separatist party’s leader in the House of Commons is a “racist” for not supporting Singh’s motion condemning systemic racism in the RCMP.

In an interview with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson, Duceppe said Singh was wrong to call Bloc Quebecois House Leader Alain Therrien racist for denying unanimous consent to the motion, which called on members of the House of Commons to recognize systemic racism in the police force.


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The motion Singh proposed also called for a review of the RCMP budget and a review of the use of force by its members, along with a review of the law governing the national force.

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It required unanimous consent from all members in order to move forward to debate, but Therrien denied that consent. Singh then called him a racist and refused to apologize, leading to his ejection from the House of Commons for using unparliamentary language.

“I don’t understand at all Jagmeet Singh calling Therrien a racist. In Quebec, it’s not supported at all but the NDP is largely absent in Quebec,” said Duceppe when asked about the matter.

“The only thing he wanted to do was get more support in the rest of Canada,” he continued.

“I think that was cheap politics from Jagmeet Singh. It won’t help him in Quebec, and neither Trudeau by the way.”

Global News reached out to Singh’s team asking whether he wanted to respond to Duceppe’s comments so his voice could be included at the time of publication.

No response has yet been received.






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House of Commons at odds


House of Commons at odds

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended Singh last week, saying it’s not the place for white members of Parliament to question the only racialized leader of a federal party on what he thinks is racism.

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“In regards to what Mr. Singh said, it is not for me to criticize any Canadian, particularly the only racialized leader in the House of Commons, for making other people uncomfortable by calling them out for not recognizing systemic discrimination,” Trudeau said.

“It remains problematic that the Bloc Québécois refuses to recognize systemic racism in the RCMP and this country.”

Duceppe said that’s not true and that the party is supporting a push to have the public safety committee launch a study on systemic racism in the RCMP.

Their concern, he said, was that Singh’s motion declared the existence of systemic racism in the RCMP before that committee could even begin that work.






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Bloc Québécois leader hopes Singh will ‘sincerely apologize’ for racism accusation towards a Bloc MP


Bloc Québécois leader hopes Singh will ‘sincerely apologize’ for racism accusation towards a Bloc MP

Singh was visibly emotional in a press conference arranged quickly following his ejection from the House of Commons last week.

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“I was angry at the moment and I stand by it,” he said of his comment. “In that moment, I saw the face of racism.”

Duceppe said he wasn’t sure whether Singh was faking his emotions.

“I don’t know if it was genuine or not but it was plain stupid,” he said.

He also said while there is systemic racism in Quebec, that also exists in the rest of Canada and no one else should tell Quebeckers the best way to move forward.

“There is systematic racism in Quebec but we certainly don’t have to take lessons from the rest of Canada,” Duceppe continued.






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Singh reaffirms anyone who votes against motions in the House to address systemic racism is ‘racist’


Singh reaffirms anyone who votes against motions in the House to address systemic racism is ‘racist’

Singh’s motion came amid a swell of global anti-racism movements.

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The death of George Floyd, a Black 46-year-old American man, in Minnesota on May 25 galvanized global protests against systemic racism, including major scrutiny of police violence against racialized people.

Floyd died during an arrest after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Solidarity protests quickly spread across Canada and have become a much broader protest and national dialogue about the harmful impacts of systemic racism on Black and Indigenous people in Canada.

The RCMP, in particular, has come under fire for accusations of excessive force in multiple encounters with Indigenous people.

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki said last week she was “struggling” with the definition of systemic racism and how it applied to the force, but was forced to state clearly in a subsequent public statement following backlash that it does in fact exist in the RCMP.

In a separate interview on The West Block, Minister of Northern Affairs Dan Vandal, who is the only Indigenous member of cabinet, said he understands the frustrations so many are feeling right now.

He said there are no easy answers for the government on how best to tackle systemic racism in Canada, but that it needs to do more than is happening now.

“The frustration is, it’s not a new issue. The frustration is, there’s not a simple solution,” he said, while pointing out that reports like those from the Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls provides a “roadmap.”

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“We need to go back to those reports and make sure those calls to action are implemented. That’s something our government is doing but we need to put added vigor into that exercise.”

Vandal said part of the difficulty in moving forward will be changing people’s minds, saying that, “the actual foundation of racism is people’s attitudes, people’s values, the way people think, and that’s harder to change.”

And while he said working together to find solutions is critical, Vandal added that not acknowledging racism will only hurt the efforts to find a way forward.

“I think if you refuse to acknowledge that systemic racism exists, you certainly do not have an open mind to address this issue,” he said.

“I think by refusing to acknowledge that systemic racism exists, you are exhibiting racist behavior.”






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Trudeau says its ‘disappointing’ Bloc Québécois won’t acknowledge systemic racism in Canada


Trudeau says its ‘disappointing’ Bloc Québécois won’t acknowledge systemic racism in Canada

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Hogan, wrote that he will begin hosting a number of virtual events and conversations with some prominent Republicans later this month. They include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and former Govs. Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

As NGA chairman, Hogan has led the group of governors amid tensions with the Trump administration in response to the pandemic. In March, for example, he criticized the administration for confusing messaging. Hogan said at the time that the president’s timeframe for a national reopening appeared to be running on a schedule made of some “imaginary clock,” as states struggled to manage hot spots of the outbreak.

Hogan also clashed with the White House in April when the governor announced a $9 million purchase of 500,000 virus test kits from South Korea. Hogan said the Trump administration had made it clear that states had to “take the lead” on testing and “do it ourselves.” Trump criticized Hogan at a White House press briefing, saying Hogan didn’t need to go to South Korea and “needed to get a little knowledge.”

In 2018, Hogan, who is term-limited, became only the second GOP governor in Maryland to be re-elected in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1.

Hogan’s book will include material about his challenging first year in office, which included riots in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man who suffered a spinal injury in a police van.

Later that year, Hogan was diagnosed with B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in June 2015 and underwent chemotherapy. Last month, the 64-year-old governor announced he had his final, five-year anniversary PET scan, which confirmed he was still 100% cancer free.

Brian Witte, The Associated Press

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Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was seen at a departure gate at Toronto’s Pearson Airport today without a mask on — an apparent contravention of the rules that apply to all travellers passing through the terminal.

The airport’s website stipulates that “all passengers and airport employees” must wear a mask or a face covering “at all times.” The mandatory mask rule has been in place since June 1 to stop the spread of COVID-19 among the travelling public.

“This includes the pre- and post-security screening areas of the terminals, parking facilities, people mover train, sidewalks/curbs outside the terminals and other outdoor public areas,” the airport rules say.

There are exceptions for people under the age of two, travellers who are unable to remove a face covering without assistance and for people who have trouble breathing. Masks are not required for travellers dining at food and beverage locations.

A number of pictures surfaced on social media Tuesday of Scheer speaking to Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and others while waiting to board a flight. Pallister also appears to have his mask off while speaking to Scheer in the terminal.

Social media users posted pictures of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer at Toronto’s Pearson Airport Tuesday. (@canadiandollaz/Twitter)

A spokesperson for Scheer confirmed to CBC News that the pictures of Scheer were taken today.

“Mr. Scheer wore a face mask while travelling to Ottawa today. He removed it to make a phone call. This picture must have been taken before he put it back on,” said Kelsie Chiasson, acting director of communications for Scheer.

The pictures do not appear to show Scheer talking on the phone.

Premier Pallister told CBC News his maskless moment was a lapse in judgment.

“I lifted my mask to join some friends in conversation at the Toronto airport this afternoon,” he said in an email statement. “It was an error on my part, it won’t happen again.”

Social media users asked Pearson’s Twitter account if masks were still required after the Scheer pictures surfaced.

“They are! All travelers and employees inside the terminal must wear a mask or face covering,” the airport’s account said in response.

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Hogan, wrote that he will begin hosting a number of virtual events and conversations with some prominent Republicans later this month. They include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and former Govs. Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

As NGA chairman, Hogan has led the group of governors amid tensions with the Trump administration in response to the pandemic. In March, for example, he criticized the administration for confusing messaging. Hogan said at the time that the president’s timeframe for a national reopening appeared to be running on a schedule made of some “imaginary clock,” as states struggled to manage hot spots of the outbreak.

Hogan also clashed with the White House in April when the governor announced a $9 million purchase of 500,000 virus test kits from South Korea. Hogan said the Trump administration had made it clear that states had to “take the lead” on testing and “do it ourselves.” Trump criticized Hogan at a White House press briefing, saying Hogan didn’t need to go to South Korea and “needed to get a little knowledge.”

In 2018, Hogan, who is term-limited, became only the second GOP governor in Maryland to be re-elected in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1.

Hogan’s book will include material about his challenging first year in office, which included riots in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man who suffered a spinal injury in a police van.

Later that year, Hogan was diagnosed with B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in June 2015 and underwent chemotherapy. Last month, the 64-year-old governor announced he had his final, five-year anniversary PET scan, which confirmed he was still 100% cancer free.

Brian Witte, The Associated Press

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