Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has apologized for the systemic racism in his province's justice system.
“Street control, surveillance, suspicion: white people don't need to worry about these things. The black population cannot afford not to do it, ”the Liberal Prime Minister said at a press briefing on Tuesday.
In March 2019, a report found that a black person was six times more likely to be arrested than a white person in Halifax. The provincial government then proposed a decree last October to prohibit this practice.
However, the premier of Nova Scotia admitted on Tuesday that the entire justice system had failed to protect members of black and Indigenous communities.
“The system is supposed to protect you, but because of the color of your skin you were afraid of it. Today, I say stop. I want you to know that I hear you, I see you, I believe you, and I'm sorry, ”he assured.
Stephen McNeil announced the creation of a committee that will work over the next year to find solutions to improve the province's justice system.
This group is made up of government members, academics, police, and representatives of the Mi'kmaq and Black communities of Nova Scotia.
The same initiative was set up in Quebec last June, with the creation by the government of the Action Group against Racism (GARC).