Canada’s Indian-origin Sikh MP
was removed from parliament after he called a lawmaker “racist”, according to a media report.
New Democratic Party
head, the first minority leader of a federal Canadian political party, had been trying to win support for a motion on Wednesday recognising the existence of systemic racism in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. When legislator from the Bloc Quebecois, Alain Therrien, refused to support the motion, Singh called him racist, prompting the speaker to eject Singh for the rest of the day.
“I don’t back down from standing up to racism… I don’t think it benefits for me to call people names, I was angry at the moment and I stand by it,” Singh told reporters after the incident, adding, “In that moment, I saw the face of racism.”
on Thursday backed Singh. “It is important that we recognise when the only racialized leader in the House of Commons makes a statement like that, that it comes from a place that yes, will make people uncomfortable, but needs to be dealt with as we move forward as a country,” Trudeau told reporters. Trudeau has frequently said there is a need to address systemic racism in
The Bloc later said it had objected to Singh’s motion because the House of Commons public safety committee was already studying systemic racism in the police. Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet demanded Singh apologise for making what he called unwarranted accusations.
Singh had been also been seeking consent of the House of Commons to review its budget as well as the law that governs the police force.