Jacob Blake protests: Ontario premier calls incident “unfortunate”, won’t compare Canada to U.S.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford commented Thursday on the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man shot by police this past weekend which sparked protests in Kenosha, Wis. and other U.S. cities, calling it “very unfortunate.”

He went on to say that he does not like to compare the U.S. to Canada on the issue, saying they are putting more training for police, saying in Canada “it’s not about do you love the police or do you love the Black community, you can love both.”

He also commented on the Toronto Raptors boycotting Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals that day in response to the Blake shooting, saying he respected the decision and hopes once they get “the message through” they’ll return to the court and win the NBA championship.

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In This Story: Canada

Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. It extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles), making it the world’s second-largest country by total area.

Its southern and western border with the United States, stretching 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world’s longest bi-national land border. Canada’s capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

Various Indigenous peoples inhabited what is now Canada for thousands of years before European colonization. The Canada Act 1982, which severed the vestiges of legal dependence on the British Parliament. Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy in the Westminster tradition, with a monarch and a prime minister who serves as the chair of the Cabinet and head of government.

As a highly developed country, Canada has the seventeenth-highest nominal per-capita income globally as well as the thirteenth-highest ranking in the Human Development Index. Its advanced economy is the tenth-largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed international trade networks.

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