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There’s a gaping hole in our democracy

By Donald H. Oliver      

As the United Nations puts it, for far too many Canadians, anti-Black racism, discrimination and inequality are part of their daily lives. It reaches into our democratic institutions.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, flanked by members of the Black community, announced the Canadian government was recognizing the UN International Decade for People of African Descent in January 2018. But that recognition, hasn’t made its way into the heart of our parliamentary institutions, writes former senator Don Oliver. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Canada was once the envy of the world with our legislation on multiculturalism, tolerance, and ethnic fairness. But our democracy, indeed all our democratic institutions, have failed us because, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said,” our House of Commons, the heart of our democracy, should look more like the composition of Canadian society”— including more Black MPs, but, sadly it doesn’t. However, the good news is that we are capable of reaching that pinnacle of democratic excellence once again if we could just learn how to accept diversity.

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