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e-2734 (Public safety)

Initiated by Annamie Paul from Toronto, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • Black and Indigenous peoples in Canada are disproportionately subject to police use-of-force;
  • The United Nations has expressed concern over the excessive use-of-force and killings by the police in Canada, especially in response to cases involving Black and Indigenous peoples;
  • There is no nationwide collection of data on police use-of-force that disaggregates by race, colour, ethnic background, national origin and other identities;
  • The failure of the Government of Canada to collect such data means that Canada lacks race-based data that could inform prevention and intervention strategies to protect the human rights of Black Canadians, Indigenous peoples and racialized people in Canada;
  • A national database would allow the measurement of the extent of racial disparities in Canadian policing and identify trends in police use-of-force; and
  • A national database would permit the evaluation of the success of existing and future anti-discrimination and anti-racism initiatives within police forces.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada,, call upon the House of Commons to immediately establish a nationwide public database that collects data on police use-of-force, disaggregated by race, colour, ethnic background and other identities.
Open for signature
July 14, 2020, at 1:40 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
August 13, 2020, at 1:40 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Elizabeth May
Saanich—Gulf Islands
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia
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