By Gerald V. Paul
Deputy Leader of the Ontario NDP Jagmeet Singh told The Camera he was carded and “it’s unjust.”
Singh, who stood in the Legislature on May 26, brought attention to the controversial police procedure known as carding, which disproportionally impacts racial minorities.
In his statement at Queen’s Park, Singh said it is clear carding goes against the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and that the Legislature must take action to end the practice amongst all police forces.
Calling it “a practice that the Canadian Civil Liberties Association has denounced, demanding its end,” Singh added, “I stand today in the House calling on this government to put forward a provincial policy on this practice – to end this practice. This is not an abuse only of our human rights, our Charter rights but our fundamental freedoms. It’s something that must be ended.”
According to Singh, a lawyer, police specifically target Black and brown youth, stopping and questioning them for no reason. “I have experienced similar treatment,” he said.
“Police stopped and questioned me for what they would explain as routine checks when I was a youth in Windsor driving my father’s car, as a law student, walking around Casa Loma in Toronto, as a lawyer driving a sports car in North York and even as a member of provincial parliament riding my bike in the downtown core.