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TORONTO – South Asian and Arab teams are reacting to a 2001 picture of Liberal Chief Justin Trudeau in brownface, calling on him to follow-up his apology with motion.

Trudeau apologized late Wednesday after the photograph emerged. It was revealed in a yearbook from West Level Gray Academy in Vancouver, B.C, the place Trudeau labored as a trainer.

Mustafa Farooq, Govt Director of the Nationwide Council of Canadian Muslims, talking to CTV Information Channel

There’s room for everybody to study from their errors, to return again. It’s probably not my name as as to if the prime minister ought to or shouldn’t step down. That’s a choice he and Canadians are going to consider.

As a non-partisan group, we are able to say clearly that, what’s unacceptable is for individuals to say issues which might be racist, say issues which might be Islamophobic, say issues which might be anti-Semitic, after which to insist on these positions, or to not appropriately floor their apologies in the true hurt or harm that’s been prompted.

For instance, if we have a look at Ghada Melek, who’s a candidate in Mississauga Streetsville. You already know, her apology relating to sharing hateful posts … The apology that she despatched was to chief Andrew Scheer, to not the Muslim group, by no means as soon as utilizing the phrase Islamophobia in speaking about her apology. So I assume we’ve got to have a look at every case context by context, and we’re pleased that the prime minister has apologized.

Clearly, the images weren’t acceptable, however we’re happy the prime minister has acknowledged that they’re not acceptable, that they’re repugnant, and that they haven’t any place in our politics.

College of Ottawa professor Noor El-Kadri, President of the Canadian Arab Federation, talking to CTV Information Channel

That is outrageous. It’s racist to the bone. At a time after we see Mr. Trudeau — he’s speaking rather a lot about inclusion and variety and all this stuff, this uncovers what’s inherent inside him. That is actually not the son of Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

We’d settle for that if that occurred for any person who was 17 years previous at a Halloween celebration, however not for any person who was 29 years previous, who was a trainer, who was the son of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who was very educated of politics, of racism, of inclusion, of multiculturalism. The truth is, if he grew to 29 as such … he has to provide you with an apology and observe up that apology with a number of motion, somewhat than simply phrases.

If Pierre Elliott Trudeau was alive again then, he wouldn’t have allowed his son to do such a dressing up. It will present inherent racism, for communities in Canada which might be marginalized, for communities which might be attempting to be included, for communities that face racism day-in day-out … to be portrayed in a single kind or one other by somebody who’s the son of a major minister … and now’s a present prime minister.

Assertion from the World Sikh Group of Canada

The PM has apologized and we acknowledge his apology.  

We hope that this deal with racism will encourage all celebration leaders to handle the discrimination many face because of Quebec’s#Bill21 with sturdy positions and options to fight intolerance throughout Cda.#BattleBill21


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