June 29th, 2020
June 29th, 2020
QUEEN’S PARK — Responding to a coalition of more than a dozen Black organizations heading to Queen’s Park Monday, the Ontario’s Official Opposition NDP and NDP Black Caucus are backing their call for the government to finally implement recommendations from reports that have been collecting dust since they were completed.
“For decades, governments have commissioned reports, studies and committees in response to community calls for action to address hurtful and deadly anti-Black racism,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. “And time and time again, these reports have been completed only to have one premier after another put them on a shelf to collect dust, never implementing their recommendations. We need to implement them now and actually start tackling systemic racism in policing.”
The NDP is echoing Black organizations in calling for all recommendations from three reports to be implemented immediately, including:
The Ontario NDP and NDP Black Caucus has also been calling for the recommendations Roots of Youth Violence report (2008) to be implemented.
“If the government really listened to community, they would hear the call to finally act,” said Laura Mae Lindo, Ontario NDP Anti-Racism critic, and chair of the Ontario NDP Black Caucus. “The Black, Indigenous and racialized people’s voices that went into writing these reports deserve to be heard, and their recommendations must be acted on.
“We must stop the cycle of government after government doing nothing more than talking. It’s time for action.”
The Ontario NDP Caucus has released its Commitment to Action, called End Police Violence. Invest in Black, Indigenous and Racialized People’s Lives. It commits to:
The Ontario NDP Black Caucus is the first official Black Caucus in the Ontario Legislature. Its members are Lindo (Kitchener Centre), Jill Andrew (Toronto—St. Paul’s), Rima Berns-McGown (Beaches—East York), Faisal Hassan (York—South Weston), and Kevin Yarde (Brampton North).