Canada Election: Black, Indigenous voters lament leaders shying away from race-based issues
|globalnews.ca 17 Sep 2021 at 11:19|
As election day looms, some voters are left wondering why the social and racial reckoning once dominating headlines has turned into a fringe issue among federal leaders.
Since the murder of George Floyd , the Black Lives Matter movement has prompted broader discussions around race, which some feel has fallen to the wayside in this election cycle.
“This election, I very much wanted it to be talking about the very real racism that we face … (but) there is just this lack of leadership across the board,” said Tristan Joseph, an Indo-Canadian woman in London, Ont.
Joseph used to be excited to talk about federal politics, but nowadays she finds herself feeling uninspired and “disappointed” by how federal leaders have approached issues of race. Joseph lives in the same riding where a few months ago, the Afzaal family was attacked and killed for being Muslim.
“I don’t understand what bubble they’re all living in, that they don’t understand that these issues that are impacting people of colour are fundamental,” she said.
Joseph isn’t alone in her thinking, as NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh agreed with her assertion that race-based issues have not been getting the attention they ought to.