In the 1970s, Lincoln Alexander fought the caucus of the Progressive Conservative Party. Mr. Alexander fought them because as a Black man, he wanted to support anti-hate speech legislation. His party, the Progressive Conservative Party, didn’t like the legislation because they felt it would curtain both the concept of the freedom of speech and the individual rights of all Canadians. So Lincoln Alexander asked a question: “Are you saying that you can call my son or daughter a nigger and that is free speech?”

In a similar fashion, as a proud Canadian of Caribbean heritage, I need to ask a similar question of Maxime Bernier and Rex Murphy: “do you feel that the recognition of various racial problems in Canada also exacerbates those problems?”.

In 1787, the American Constitutional Convention came to be. George Washington was elected to be its chairman and he sat in a very beautiful chair. On the back of the chair, a sun was carved. Very few people took notice of the chair but Benjamin Franklin was one of them. At this point, he was […]

Two decades ago, I was involved with a student newspaper. It was called the Calumetro and it was published by the Calumet College Student Government. It was one of many publications that enhanced the student experience of York University’s Main Campus and it taught me all sorts of things. While preforming several roles, including Editor-in-Chief, […]