OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticized President Donald Trump’s racist tweets towards four congresswomen declaring that Canadians would not tolerate such hateful words and actions unless it was legislation passed by the Quebec government.
The PM explained that diversity is Canada’s strength unless saying so will cost you votes in the next federal election, and the US President’s behaviour – who was not representing the Premier of Quebec or his government – was “unacceptable.”
“That’s not how we do things in nine provinces and three territories,” said Trudeau during a visit with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “Telling people to go back from where they come from just because they are different is wrong if it’s not neatly wrapped up in a legislation like Bill 21.
“These congresswomen or anyone should not be denied a non-Quebec job based on their appearance or political views.”
Trudeau said he will continue to defend the country’s values of inclusion while turning a blind eye to institutionalized discrimination, and feeling pretty smug about it when talking to Americans.
“A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian who politely stays quiet on what is happening in the province they represent in Parliament,” added the PM.