MONTREAL (CityNews) – The entrance web page of a Montreal newspaper that exhibits Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wearing conventional Indian clothes amid issues over variants is sparking criticism.
The headline within the Journal de Montréal, translated from French reads, “The Indian variant has arrived,” with a subhead of “So Justin, can we transfer shortly to chop hyperlinks with India this time?”
Early Thursday morning, Premier François Legault reacted to the entrance web page saying, “We’ve to watch out.”
The photograph is from a 2018 journey that Trudeau took to India. He was slammed by many on the time for carrying the standard Indian outfit.
Pour ma half, ce sont les conséquences qui m’inquiètent. Nous assistons à une recrudescence d’actes racistes visant les personnes d’origine chinoise depuis le début de la pandémie. Avec des représentations semblables, on risque d’alimenter les préjugés.
— Benoit Charette (@CharetteB) April 22, 2021
In a Twitter submit, Quebec’s minister tasked with combating racism mentioned the paper’s resolution is regarding and condemned the submit.
“Personally, it’s the penalties that fear me. We’ve seen an upsurge in racist acts concentrating on folks of Chinese language descent for the reason that begin of the pandemic. With related representations, there’s a danger of fueling prejudices,” Benoit Charette’s submit reads.
Naveed Hussain, a Montreal COVID-19 ward nurse informed CityNews that it’s disturbing.
“I used to be shocked. I didn’t count on one thing like this to be put within the entrance web page,” they mentioned. “I feel many people within the south Asian neighborhood whether or not we’re Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Sri Lankan are actually actually appalled by the headline.”
“And the sensationalism that was introduced forth by the Journal de Montréal, it appears they’re continually making an attempt to divide the populous quite than unite them and I really feel there are fractures coming about due to all these sensationalist headlines and the best way they attempt to race-bait issues, it’s actually disappointing.”
CityNews has reached out to Journal de Montréal for remark, however haven’t heard again.