Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks a good game but hasn’t taken actions that could meaningfully improve the human rights system. CARLOS OSORIO / REUTERS
Following the protests that have swept across the United States after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed and handcuffed black man who was killed by a white police officer, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau publicly stated that we need to “to stand up against discrimination” and “that we have work to do as well in Canada.”
Unfortunately, Trudeau did not provide any specifics on the “work” that has to be done when it comes to combatting racism and discrimination in Canada. Since 2015, Trudeau has engaged in mostly symbolic acts and lip service on this subject.
Most recently, in 2019, the Trudeau government outlined Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy,with a $45-million investment that has yet to be fully utilized and implemented. This strategy also did not make any reference to reforming Canada’s broken human rights enforcement system.
Combatting racism and discrimination in Canada is useless without an effective human rights system.