Morning Brief: ‘Our Canada is a place of racism’
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— London Police consider terrorism charges: London police are considering laying terrorism charges in Sunday’s truck attack. CBC News takes a look at why that’s so rare in Canada. Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the incident “a terrorist attack, motivated by hatred.” Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole labeled it a “brutal act of terror,” while NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said, “something has to change.”
“The reality is, our Canada is a place of racism, of violence, of genocide of Indigenous people, and our county is a place where Muslims aren’t safe,” Singh said.
— Kady O’Malley looks ahead to the rest of the day in politics with iPolitics AM: “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to make what may well be his last in-person appearance in his designated front-and-centre seat before the House of Commons powers down for the summer. While there are still two weeks remaining on the parliamentary clock, he’s about to embark on his first overseas trip in well over a year.”
— NDP seeks ‘genocide’ label for residential schools: NDP MP Leah Gazan will table a motion tomorrow seeking unanimous consent to call on the federal government to recognize the residential school experience as a genocide. She says it meets the definition of genocide drafted by the United Nations.
Meanwhile, it’s emerged that a residential school survivor is suing the federal government for the trauma he says he was caused by the actions of Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and her department. The statement of claim was filed on May 18 — before the discovery of the remains of 215 children in Kamloops.
— New immigration streams for Hong Kongers: Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said Ottawa is opening up two new immigration options for Hong Kongers, including for those working in Canada or recent university graduates. “We are deeply concerned about China’s imposition of the National Security Law, and more broadly the deteriorating human rights situation in Hong Kong,” IRCC said in a statement.
— NDP wants federal coal project reviews: Alberta NDP MP Heather McPherson proposed legislation to require all coal-mining proposals across Canada to go before a federal environmental assessment, in response to a flurry of coal-exploration projects in the Rocky Mountains. She said the provincial process in Alberta is not adequate.