NDP leader Gary Burrill pledged on Saturday to end street identity investigations to fight racial profiling.
While in Preston, riding a predominantly African Nova Scotian, Mr Burrill regretted that many blacks remained victims of unfair police practices.
“Many people in Nova Scotia believe that the road investigation is gone now, that the Justice Department has terminated them,” he said. But we’re not fools.”
In 2019, the Liberal government announced that it was banning street checks conducted by law enforcement after the publication of a study showing that they were disproportionately targeting the black community.
Like three other predominantly Acadian counties, Preston regained its protected riding status in 2019, which was stripped of it by the previous NDP government.
According to Velma Morgan, president of Operation Black Vote Canada, the restoration of Preston’s constituency would help diversify the provincial legislature.
The Nova Scotia election will be held on August 17.
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