Senator calls on RCMP commissioner to resign after comments on systemic racism

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Progressive Sen. Lillian Dyck said today RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki should resign or be replaced as the force’s top cop following comments she made about systemic racism in a series of media interviews last week. Lucki initially said she was “struggling” with the term systemic racism and had heard “15 or 20 definitions” of it, adding she couldn’t say for certain whether the RCMP is grappling with that form of racism. She later backtracked on those comments in a statement sent to the press late Friday. “I did acknowledge that we, like others, have racism in our organization, but I did not say definitively that systemic racism exists in the RCMP,” Lucki said in that statement. “I should have.”