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Supporters gather in Halifax after alleged racist incident on Parliament Hill (2 photos)

A stand against racism was held Friday afternoon, aiming to address an incident in Ottawa earlier this week

A stand against racism was held Friday afternoon, aiming to address an incident that happened in Ottawa earlier this week.

A young Halifax man is looking for an apology from the Prime Minister after a Parliament Hill security guard allegedly made a racist comment to a group who were taking part in a summit.

Trayvone Clayton, a 20-year-old criminology student studying at Saint Mary's University was in Ottawa with a large group taking part in the National Black Canadians Summit.

A large group was in the building, and a security guard approached one of the group's leaders.

Clayton says he and other witnesses heard a security guard say: "I don’t mean to sound racist but you’re going to have to do something about the dark-skinned group."

Clayton, and many of those who heard the comment, say they were deeply offended to hear this language, especially on Parliament Hill.

"I want my apology, because I'm not stepping foot back into the Parliament Building until I feel respected again," said Clayton. "It was my first time being there, so I was expecting excitement, I was happy to be in such a historic building."

Clayton says he's been pleased with Halifax Member of Parliament, Andy Fillmore, who rose in the House of Commons and requested Speaker of the House, Geoff Regan, conduct an investigation into the alleged incident

Fillmore says this is a deeply troubling incident.

"We still have racism in Canada, and we experienced that in Ottawa earlier this week," said Fillmore. "There's no place for racism or discrimination anywhere in the country, let alone on Parliament Hill, in the heart of our country's government."

Fillmore believes Friday's event will send a strong message that racism has no place in Canada.


Matthew Moore

About the Author: Matthew Moore

Born on Cape Breton Island, Matthew is a reporter and weekend anchor for NEWS 95.7 and HalifaxToday.ca.
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