Ford won’t take part in Toronto’s black community debate, campaign confirms

Ford won’t take part in Toronto’s black community debate, campaign confirms

By Colin D’Mello, CTV News Toronto | Published On Wednesday, April 4, 2018 4:42 PM EDT | Last Updated:  Thursday, April 5, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

Organizers of the first community debate ahead of the provincial election this June are expressing their disappointment after learning PC Leader Doug Ford will skip the event.

Ford’s campaign team says scheduling issues will prevent him from attending the debate hosted by the Jamaican Canadian Association on April 11th.

“Doug Ford is scheduled to be in Northern Ontario on April 11th,” campaign spokesperson Melissa Lantsman said in an email to CTV News Toronto. “We scheduled this before we were made aware of the invite.”

Billed as a “black community provincial leadership debate” the event will feature leaders from the three other parties, including Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Green Party leader Mike Schreiner.

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Doug Ford declines to participate in Black Community Provincial Leaders Debate

Doug Ford declines to participate in Black Community Provincial Leaders Debate

Published by CBC News | Published On April 4, 2018

Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford will not be participating in a provincial leaders’ debate organized by the black community scheduled for April 11, CBC Toronto has learned.

In a statement to CBC Toronto, Ford’s campaign says the Ontario Progressive Conservative leader will be in Northern Ontario on the date of the Black Community Provincial Leaders Debate.

“Doug Ford has been meeting with Ontarians of every background and listening to their concerns,” the statement reads. “Doug Ford will be a Premier for all Ontarians and will bring relief to families, including those in the black community.”

Debate organizers have already secured the participation of all the other provincial leaders, including Premier Kathleen Wynne, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner.

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Black Canadians Mobilize Nationally for the First Time in Decades

Black Canadians Mobilize Nationally for the First Time in Decades

By Sabrina Nanji | Publisher:  The Star |Published: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018

Christening the Federation of Black Canadians with an impromptu electric slide was an “emotional” moment for Justice Donald McLeod.

That’s how the National Black Canadians Summit, held in Toronto in early December, concluded — with as many as 800 attendees cutting a rug like they were at a long-overdue family reunion, said McLeod, who helms the newly minted organization, the likes of which hasn’t existed in Canada for decades.

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Operation Black Vote Canada Holds Black Youth Political Summit At Toronto City Hall

Operation Black Vote Canada Holds Black Youth Political Summit At Toronto City Hall

By Neil Armstrong | Published in Pride News

TORONTO, Ontario, November 1, 2017 — Toronto councilor, Michael Thompson, says a lot of cool things are happening in the city and Black Canadians must want to be a part of it.

He is encouraging more to run for political office and noted that being at the table is important because there is so much that a person can do there.

Councillor Thompson, a sponsor alongside the Toronto Education Workers of the Next Generation Black Youth Political Summit, organized by Operation Black Vote Canada, was speaking at the event held inside Toronto City Hall on October 28.

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Operation Black Vote Canada Holds Black Women’s Political Summit

Operation Black Vote Canada Holds Black Women’s Political Summit

By:  Neil Armstrong – Published In Pride News

TORONTO, Ontario June 24, 2017 — In aiming to expand the talent pool of black leaders in government at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, Operation Black Vote Canada (OBVC), a non-profit and non-partisan organization, recently held a Black Women’s Political Summit at Toronto City Hall.

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