One year after Trudeau took a knee, is his government living up to its anti-racism promises?


Ottawa has made progress on 24 out of 44 calls to action from the Parliamentary Black Caucus. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a knee at a Black Lives Matter rally on Parliament Hill over a year ago, after the murder of George Floyd sparked worldwide protests. Some welcomed the action as a commitment to fight anti-Black racism, while others dismissed it as a hollow gesture. Shortly after that rally, the MPs and senators who make up the Parliamentary Black Caucus issued a letter listing more than 40 calls to action to confront racism. They called on the Trudeau government to go beyond mere “words and symbolic gestures” to tackle the “crisis” Black Canadians face. “We urge all governments to act immediately. This is not a time for further discussion,” said the letter.

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