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Singh, Scheer speak out against Floyd killing, racism in U.S.

Last Updated Jun 1, 2020 at 11:08 am EDT

OTTAWA — Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is proposing a slew of measures including better data on carding and more training for police officers to combat systemic racism in Canada.

The proposals come as protests continued to rage in the United States over the police killing of George Floyd, which was captured on video.

An emotional Singh, who has previously spoken of his own experiences dealing with racism as a practising Sikh, says he is angry over Floyd’s killing but that Canada has its own problems that need to be addressed.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer also spoke this morning about the protests in the U.S., saying he was heartbroken by Floyd’s killing and that no one should have to live in fear of the police.

Scheer says all levels of government have much more to do when it comes to addressing racism in Canada.

The protests in the U.S. have proven extremely polarizing, with those on the left and right of the political spectrum attacking each other on social media and elsewhere.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 1, 2020.

The Canadian Press