Trudeau says he wants to tackle systemic racism. He should start with this policy.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau The Washington Post | James Alexander Michie

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday. (Blair Gable/Reuters)

Amid the litany of promises in his government’s throne speech last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed to pursue two deeply contradictory goals with little introspection.

On the one hand, his administration says it will tackle “systemic racism” and break down the “systemic barriers” that exclude people of color from full participation in Canadian life. On the other hand — immediately after, in fact — the speech also vowed to legally consolidate the status of Canada’s “two official languages,” French and English, emphasizing the need to “protect and promote French,” in particular.

The degree to which these objectives are at odds should be evident from a quick perusal of the people running Canada these days.

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Source: J.J. McCullough | The Washington Post

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