Kelowna RCMP are investigating a racist outburst that was caught on video on July 13.
In it, an unmasked white man repeatedly tells a Sikh security guard to go back to his country. On several occasions, the white man called the man "disgusting".
The security guard did not flinch in the face of the hatred being directed at him outside a COVID-19 immunization centre.
B.C.'s parliamentary secretary for antiracism initiatives tweeted that the video is difficult to watch.
"We can’t brush these incidents off as 'bad apples' or 'one-offs'," Rachna Singh stated on her Twitter feed. "Racism is real. It’s systemic. It’s pervasive and it can be deadly.
"To say anything otherwise is to be a part of the problem," Singh added. "We must all speak up against racism."
Kelowna has been the site of repeated antimask protests.
In this instance, the RCMP said that it responded to a complaint about protesters impeding access to the clinic.
“Officers attended spoke with staff, and dealt with the protesters," RCMP Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy stated in a news release. "No arrests were made at that time.”
After the video surfaced, the Mounties decided to look further into the matter.
“We are now investigating this incident through the lens of the willful promotion of hatred under Section 319 of the Criminal Code,” Noseworthy said. “Racism has no place in our community, and I want to reassure the public that this matter is being given the full attention of our General Investigative Support Team in consultation with the Provincial Hate Crimes Unit.”