Over the last fourty days, Justin Trudeau faced a lot of scrutiny for calling an election during a pandemic when it was wholly unnecessary. Many people felt it was a waste of money, time, and resources on top of putting the health of Canadians at a blatant disregard by asking them to go out and vote while also encouraging distancing and safety. As someone who works in Community Health, I was not only shocked that an election was being held during a pandemic, but also what this would mean for the racialized, underprivileged, poorer communities already struggling much more deeply with the reality of the pandemic.
“The Prime Minister has a media availability for you tomorrow at 8:30 am,” said the voice on the other end of my phone. I was momentarily stunned into silence because no one on my team had requested an interview with Justin Trudeau.
Help is on the way, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and this is only the beginning he says, in reference to the new aid package.
The Internet and all its Twitter activists are busy cancelling and critiquing a photo that has so fittingly surfaced a month before Canadians cast their votes in the upcoming federal election. In the photo, Justin Trudeau is in ‘brownface’ dressed as Aladdin at an ‘Arabian Nights Theme Party’ in 2001.
Justin Trudeau says it’s time Canadians acknowledged that racism and unconscious bias against Black people exist in this country.
This past Tuesday the Prime Minister announced to all of Canada that the federal government will officially recognize the UN International Decade for People of African Descent.
The Government of Canada is committed to build a better, more inclusive country that recognizes the contributions of all, and creates better opportunities for more Canadians.