QUEEN’S PARK — Ontario NDP Deputy Leader Sara Singh released the following statement in response to Justice Michael Tulloch’s report from the Independent Street Checks Review:
“Justice Michael Tulloch’s report shows that carding does not make our communities and families safer. Not only does carding not deter crime or help police work, but the discriminatory practice devastates lives — particularly among racialized groups.
No one should have to worry about being randomly stopped by police while walking to school or heading to work. And no innocent person should have to worry about their future being hurt because of the collection of their personal information via carding.
The Liberals let us down by allowing carding to continue for 15 long years. Now Ford has made things worse for people. Legislative changes made in the spring, in part in response to findings by Justice Tulloch, had problems that needed to be fixed. But instead of fixing it, Ford quietly shelved the whole bill, halting improved police oversight and moving Ontario even further away from ending the discriminatory practice of carding.
Andrea Horwath and the NDP have been calling for a ban on carding in Ontario once and for all, and the destruction of information collected from innocent people using this discriminatory practice.”