Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh was kicked out of Parliament for the remainder of the day recently, for refusing to back off from his claims that a Bloc Quebecois MP is racist. After declining to join in on the NDP leader's motion that deems the RCMP is guilty of systemic racism (a motion supported by both Liberal and Conservative Parties), MP Alain Therrien declined agree.
According to the Globe & Mail, the motion "would have forced the Mounties to release all information around police use-of-force incidents and any related financial settlements, undergo a budget review, and be subject to a study of its use-of-force policies."
Although the Bloc party has already supported a study on systemic racism in the RCMP, Singh later confirmed that he believes "Anyone who wants to vote against that is racist," in regards to his own particular motion.
After his ejection, Singh was visible upset, fighting back tears in his recollection of the events:
“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,” he continued.
“In that moment I got angry, but I am sad now, because why can’t we act? Why can’t we do something to save peoples’ lives? We can do something, and why would someone say no to that?”
The portion of the presser that saw Singh at his most emotional, was notably skipped over by CBC's The National, as seen in the report below:
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