Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fell silent for more than 20 seconds during a press conference Tuesday, after he was asked what he thought of US President Donald Trump forcefully dispersing protestors and calling for military intervention Monday night.
During the lengthy pause, Trudeau appeared uncomfortable. Expressions shifted across his face as he seemed to consider his response, before ultimately side-stepping the question.
“We all watch in horror and consternation what’s going on in the United States. It is a time to pull people together, but it is a time to listen. It is time to learn what injustice is, and it continues despite progress over years and decades,” he responded during his daily press conference Tuesday from Ottawa.
He continued: “But it is a time for us as Canadians to recognize that we, too, have our challenges that Black Canadians and racialized Canadians face discrimination as a lived reality every single day. There is systemic discrimination in Canada, which means our systems treat Canadians of color, Canadians who are racialized differently than they do others.”
While most protests are continuing peacefully, Montreal Police reported on its Twitter account that Sunday at least 11 people were arrested and investigations continue after looting and acts of mischief in the downtown core.