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e-2643 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by Adam Godlewski from Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was killed following the application of excessive force by Minneapolis Police;
  • In response to protests surrounding Mr. Floyd's killing, American security forces across the nation have responded with excessive and unrestrained violence against demonstrators;
  • The American executive branch has condoned the use of lethal force, chemical weapons, and the deployment of the military against peaceful dissenters; and
  • The Government of Canada has a history of condemning crackdowns on peaceful protest, most recently denouncing the violent response in Hong Kong and Iran.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Publicly denounce the militarized response to the ongoing American demonstrations;
2. Insist on the prosecution of security forces who have engaged in unlawful and unrestrained violence towards demonstrators; and
3. Proactively work with the United Nations towards the implementation of a demilitarized police response in the United States of America.

Response by the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Signed by (Minister or Parliamentary Secretary): The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne

On June 2, the Prime Minister made a statement in the House of Commons commenting on the “horrific reports of police violence against Black men and women south of the border.”He stated that, “As a country, we are not concerned bystanders simply watching what is happening next door. We are part of it. The calls for justice, for equality, for peace, have found echo in our communities because anti-Black racism is also happening here.”

We know that Black communities in Canada, the U.S., and around the world continue to experience anti-Black racism and grieve the loss of life in their communities. Far too often, we witness the odious effects of systemic discrimination, unconscious bias, and anti-Black racism.

Our government has established an Anti-Racism Secretariat to tackle systemic racism in policy implementation, invested in Black Canadian youth programming and mental health programming for Black communities, created a hub to disaggregate data through Statistics Canada at the Centre for Gender, Diversity, Inclusion Statistics, among other programs to tackle inequalities. We know there is more work to be done and we’re committed to doing that work.

A fairer and more just world requires us to acknowledge inequities in our institutions and in people's lived experiences. If we as Canadians truly desire an inclusive country, every one of us must step up, be allies, and do everything we can to make workplaces, communities, and public spaces safer and more inclusive. This responsibility lies with all of us.

Open for signature
June 5, 2020, at 9:57 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 5, 2020, at 9:57 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Mark Gerretsen (Kingston and the Islands)
August 12, 2020 (Petition No. 431-00303)
Government response tabled
September 24, 2020
Photo - Mark Gerretsen
Kingston and the Islands
Liberal Caucus
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