Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Houston says the Liberal government has done the right thing by suspending street checks.
On March 27, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission released an independent report that revealed ongoing, systematic discrimination towards African Nova Scotians and other minorities during police street checks.
“That report was a harsh reminder that deep inequalities exist for people in this province,” says Houston. “Street checks are intended to keep communities safer. When street checks alienate communities, the government has to take action.”
Following the report, the PC Caucus called for an immediate moratorium on all street checks until Nova Scotians could be confident that they would be afforded equal and respectful enforcement of the law.
PC Justice Critic Tim Halman said this is a necessary first step to restoring Nova Scotians’ faith in their justice system.
“There’s a lot of work to be done to rebuild the damaged trust that now exists between our law enforcement and minorities in this province,” says Halman. “Knowing that the government acknowledges these systematic problems and is working towards addressing them is a necessary start to rebuild that trust.”