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Michael Ignatieff on Black History Month

25 February 2011 No Comments

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff

Samuel Getachew talks with Michael Ignatieff about Black History Month

What is the significance of Black History Month to you?

Black History Month is not just a chance to recognize some of the Canadians who serve as an inspiration to all of us – great figures in our history like Judge George Carter, the Hon. Lincoln Alexander and Ferguson Jenkins – it is also an opportunity to celebrate and encourage the contributions of young black Canadians who are going to play a leading role in defining the Canada of tomorrow. These are the kids that I’ve met in school gymnasiums, in community town halls and in open mike events across this country. To honour their hopes and aspirations is what the Liberal vision for this country is all about.

Name one African Canadian you admire.

Jean Augustine, as a Liberal MP back in 1995, introduced the first motion, passed unanimously in the House of Commons, to recognize Black History Month across Canada. In her time as an MP she also served the constituents of Etobicoke-Lakeshore so admirably that she has always been my example to follow as a parliamentarian.

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