Discussion posted by: David McNamara
OTTAWA — Public Safety Minister Bill Blair declined an opportunity Tuesday to apologize for supporting carding, a controversial policing policy that disproportionately targeted Black men and people of colour. The subject came up during the House of Commons’ special committee on the COVID-19 pandemic. NDP MP Matthew Green asked Blair, who served as Toronto’s police chief for a decade before entering politics, to apologize for his role in enforcing “the systematic and racist practice of street checks and carding.” Blair did not apologize. Instead, the public safety minister spoke about diversity.