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OTTAWA — Systemic racism exists in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday, a day after Commissioner Brenda Lucki told three media outlets she is “struggling” over the term’s definition. Trudeau’s comments challenge Lucki’s apparent unease over the issue. In interviews with The Globe and Mail, Global News and CTV News, the commissioner said “unconscious bias” exists within the force, but was reluctant to recognize that there is systemic racism within the agency. “Systemic racism is an issue right across the country in all our institutions including in all our police forces including in the RCMP. That’s what systemic racism is,” Trudeau said.