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Tory boss rejects Maclean's conclusion

Brian Pallister

Brian Pallister

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Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister says he rejects the assertion by Toronto-based Maclean's magazine Winnipeg is the most racist of Canadian cities.

"I would object to that observation... it's not my experience," Pallister said Friday.

Manitoba has hosted people from around the world throughout its history, the Tory leader said. "We here in Winnipeg and Manitoba understand what it's like to extend our arms to people from all ethnic backgrounds and racial backgrounds as well."

Pallister also took issue with the claim on the magazine's cover that "Canada has a bigger race problem than America" and that it's "ugliest" in Winnipeg.

"I'm strongly objecting to the thesis that our racial problems exceed those of the United States of America... " he said.

"In fact, I would say that we have a greater understanding of tolerance than any homogenous community outside of this area, where there is not a multi-ethnic, multiracial presence," he added.

"It's easy to say you're tolerant in the absence of the presence of others from different races, creeds and colours. But the reality is... our province attracts people with hope. We have to make sure that hope can happen here. And I think we are up for the challenge. More than that, I know we are."

On Winnipeg's treatment of indigenous people, Pallister said the key is for everyone to work together to build an environment where everyone can achieve their dreams.

"That requires all of us to understand that, yes, there is a problem, but also there is also a solution," the Tory leader said.

He said he would be proposing some solutions closer to the next provincial election set for April 2016.


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