Don Oliver, on his life as Canada’s first Black man appointed to the Senate
Former Senator Donald Oliver talks about his book, A Matter of Equality: The Life's Work of Senator, and about growing up Black in Canada in the 1940s and 1950s, and why he hopes it will become a call to action for leadership in all levels of society.
Former Senator Don Oliver, who is also a former deputy Senate Speaker, pictured Feb. 9, 2012, in the Senate Chamber. Sen. Oliver retired on Nov. 16, 2013, and has recently written a book about his life. 'I wanted to write a short book about some of my life’s experiences and how I dealt with anti-Black systemic racism in Canada. I outlined some specific steps I took through lived experiences of turning anger into action to attempt to bring racism to an end. My hope is that the book can become a call to action for our leadership in all levels of our society.' The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright