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First ministers couldn t agree on condemning systemic racism in declaration: PM

First ministers couldn t agree on condemning systemic racism in declaration: PM
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OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says a first ministers declaration condemning racism didn t mention systemic discrimination because not all the premiers would agree.

The statement released Thursday says firmly that all 14 first ministers oppose racism and will drive the governments they lead to fight it.

But it doesn t talk about more subtle forms of discrimination, in which members of some groups are denied opportunities because of the way systems or programs are designed, without overt expressions of bigotry.

Public officials such as RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki and Quebec Premier Francois Legault have said publicly that they want to root out racism but have rejected the idea that their institutions have discriminatory features built in.
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