Co-sponsored by NDP MPPs Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale—High Park), Terence Kernaghan (London North Centre), Jessica Bell (University—Rosedale) and Chris Glover (Spadina—Fort York), the bill to establish May 10 as a Day of Action on anti-Asian racism emphasizes the urgent need to call out rising discrimination, harassment and hate crimes targeting Asian people.
"Anti-Asian racism is unfortunately not new, but it is on the rise," Karpoche said. "During the COVID-19 pandemic, over 1,150 incidents of anti-Asian racism were reported across Canada. We know that violence against the Asian community has increased, and that 40 per cent of these racist attacks happened here in Ontario.
"The Ford government should have supported this urgent and crucial need for a day of action and awareness immediately, but the NDP won't be deterred. We will keep fighting for this bill, and fighting to put an end to the rising tide of anti-Asian racism and systemic discrimination, ensuring that people in Asian communities across the province are respected, safe and supported. This bill is one good step forward.”
In addition to declaring May 10 a Day of Action on Anti-Asian Racism, the NDP is urging Doug Ford to immediately:
- Implement a province-wide anti-racism strategy that specifically addresses the rise in anti-Asian hate and works to dismantle organized hate groups and systemic discrimination.
- Establish a fully-funded, independent and empowered Anti-Racism Secretariat to take the lead on this critical work.
- Mandate race-based data collection across all provincial ministries.
- Create a real COVID-19 equity plan that ensures the hardest hit communities – including Asian communities, elders, women, small businesses, and essential workers – get the respect and direct financial support they deserve to recover from the pandemic.
QUEEN’S PARK – Official Opposition Leader Marit Stiles joined MPPs Chris Glover (Spadina—Fort York), Jennifer French (Oshawa), and Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale—High Park) to raise concerns about the rushed and secretive deal that the Ford government handed over to Therme for Ontario Place.
QUEEN’S PARK – Joel Harden (Ottawa Centre), Official Opposition NDP Critic for Transit, called for accountability from new Transportation Minister Sarkaria, beginning with firing Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster after today’s announcement that the Eglinton Crosstown LRT continues to be plagued with problems and is still without an opening date.
QUEEN'S PARK – Official Opposition NDP Health critic France Gélinas (Nickel Belt) and MPP Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale—High Park) are pointing out that even with the Ford Conservatives’ announcement of “increased” provincial funding for public health today, the government is still investing less in public health than before the pandemic. The delayed action comes after municipalities faced overwhelming backlogs during the pandemic, prompting an outcry from Public Health Units(PHUs).