Parliament Hill security investigating alleged incident of racial profiling

The department responsible for security on Parliament Hill is apologizing after an apparent incident of racial profiling took place on Parliament Hill this week.

A spokesman for the Parliamentary Protective Service says the force is investigating the incident, which took place Monday during an event known as Black Voices on the Hill.

Joseph Law, the chief of staff to the director of the PPS, says the department ``has zero tolerance for any type of discrimination,'' and it took action as soon as it learned of the incident.

The Federation of Black Canadians says several participants in Monday's lobbying event were referred to as ``dark-skinned people'' and asked to leave a parliamentary cafeteria.

The federation says it has requested a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as it seeks a ``formal commitment to end racial profiling at the federal level.''

It's also asked for a meeting with House of Commons Speaker Geoff Regan to seek an official apology.