Canadian News Jun 4, 2020 4:03 PM EST

BREAKING: Trudeau can't answer whether or not he's afraid of Xi Jinping

When asked if he was afraid of Xi Jinping, Trudeau said: "Every step of the way, we have listened to our security agencies, our intelligence services, to work with our allies."

BREAKING: Trudeau can't answer whether or not he's afraid of Xi Jinping
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed media on Thursday, to provide updates on the federal government's response to COVID-19.

Trudeau announced that new modelling would be released on COVID-19 in Canada, saying that progress is being made in the fight against the virus, noting that we are still "not out of the woods."

Trudeau said that the situation remains serious in long term care homes, and that testing and contact tracing would be an important key in "keeping the situation under control."

Trudeau noted that as the economy reopens, seniors may need to get used to "the new normal, at least for a little while."

Regarding Huawei 5G and the overwhelming decision by other 5 Eyes countries to not allow Huawei's technology in their country, Trudeau said that his government will do what's necessary to "keep Canadians safe," while doing what's best to keep Canada's telecom companies competitive.

The question was asked Trudeau was asked whether or not he was afraid of Xi Jinping, to which Trudeau said: "Every step of the way, we have listened to our security agencies, our intelligence services, to work with our allies."

He spoke with regard to police brutality in Canada, specifically the incident in Nunavut, where video has emerged of an RCMP officer driving his truck into a local man. There have been three shootings and fatalities in the territory since February.

"We recognize in Canada that there are systemic discrimination problems, that we need to address our justice system... for racialized Canadians, for Indigenous Canadians. Even as we watch with horror what's going on in the United States, we know we have a lot of work to do right here in Canada... There's much more to do," the prime minister said.

"Racialized Canadians, Indigenous Canadians have long suffered systemic discrimination in every part of this country," he continued.

Trudeau would not commit to defunding the RCMP to help fund under developed communities in Canada.

Recently, it was made illegal in Hong Kong to insult the national anthem, a move seen by many as another human rights abuse against protestors fighting an authoritarian regime.

Regarding the matter, Trudeau said that work was being done with close allies to "condemn the actions taken by China in Hong Kong," saying that there was high concern regarding China's behaviour.

"We will continue to be a country that is open and welcoming to those fleeing persecution and violence," said Trudeau.

Trudeau said that Canada would continue to keep international flights measures in place to protect Canadians from COVID-19.

While questions around China were plentiful, it should be noted that not a single Canadian journalist asked Trudeau to acknowledge the atrocities that occurred 31 years ago at Tienanmen Square in China, where an unknown number of protestors were killed by the authoritarian regime.

The atrocity is still denied by China to this day.

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