June 18, 2020 | By Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie |
‘Racist’ Comment Tosses Singh Out Of House
The leader of the New Democratic Party Jagmeet Singh, a lawyer, and only racialized head of a political party in the Federal Parliament in Canada, came out swinging against the Bloc for his perceived feeling that he was being brushed aside for raising the issue of systemic racism in Canada’s police force. He was asked to leave the Chambers for accusing a Bloc member of being a “racist’. His comment was deemed as unparliamentary language. Singh was asked to withdraw or apologize,. To which he refused. Who feels it knows it. Singh enjoys immunity from libel or defamation while in the Parliament or House.
Singh was emotional as he held a press conference outside the walls of Parliament where he is just an ordinary citizen devoid of any legal immunity. He was nearly in tears. He explained how Canadians were one (1) vote away from a unanimous decision to address the systemic racism issue which so much racialized Canadians are demanding.
Singh brought a motion to officially recognize systemic racism in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canada’s national police force. The motion was also to review police funding in the wake of many defund the police campaigns around the world and to review the police’s use of excess force and for additional funds to add mental health supports.
When asked about the statements made by NDP leader Jagmeet Singh the Prime Minister Said.
“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,”
PM Justin Trudeau has repeatedly acknowledged that there is systemic racism in Canada. He took a knee recently at a Black Lives Matter rally against racism in Ottawa.
Since the killing of George Floyd by four Police Officers in Minneapolis, the BLM has-been agitating for better treatment for blacks and visible minorities. Singh is a visible minority.
We standby Singh as we are of the view “Racism is an affront to decency”. There is no super race.
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior National & International Correspondent for Vision Newspaper.