A Canadian once said that being Canadian and living to the north of the USA is like living above neighbors with a meth lab in their apartment. Although Canada is not the “liberal” permissive society that many Americans think it is. I witnessed a riot in Toronto in 1988 where the cops were just as brutal as any US cops. When Justin’s father was Prime Minister in the 1970s, he imposed martial law in response to uprisings by Quebecois separatists. Canada did not even get a bill of rights until 1982.
By Leyland Cecco
Canadians are watching unrest and police violence in the United States in “shock and horror”, Justin Trudeau said on Friday – but the prime minister cautioned that his country also has entrenched problems with racism.
The city of Minneapolis has been rocked by a third night of violent protests over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, after a white police officer knelt on his neck as he lay on the ground following arrest.
“Many Canadians of diverse backgrounds are watching, like all Canadians are, the news out of the United States with shock and with horror,” Trudeau told reporters at a daily briefing.