I watched a portion of the leadership debates yesterday and today. One thing I noted was the tag line beneath Erin O’Toole “Won’t say there is systemic racism.” I’m not sure if there were other tags, since I didn’t watch the entire debates and didn’t notice any others but I thought it strange that CBC would offer a printed commentary mid-debate.
The question of systemic racism was asked in at least four different ways of Erin O’Toole. His consistent response was that racism should not and would not be tolerated. Anyone watching understood that he was not going to say there is systemic racism, without the CBC needing to print a caption below him while he was speaking.
Whether there is systemic racism or not, it appears we now have yet another category that defines people.
Other candidates offered some well thought out responses to the same question. A periodical review of the justice system and law enforcement in Canada is a good recommendation. I’m not going to evaluate the responses of the candidates here.