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The political left makes a lot of promises to black people.

Left-wing politicians claim they are saviours who can solve all of the inequalities impacting black communities, if only left-wing political parties are given enough power.

In fact, such grand claims are used to justify governments expanding their reach into our lives. For example, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government supports its internet censorship agenda by arguing that government censorship is needed to protect people of colour from racism. Also, school boards in Ontario have used the objective of racial “equity” to rationalize their efforts to make public schools reflect the activist impulses of unelected bureaucrats.

But can the political left actually keep its promises to black communities? There are two elements to answering such an important question: intentions and possibilities. Let’s explore both.

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Jamil Jivani
Senior Fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute

Jamil Jivani is an award-winning lawyer and author, who serves as the Government of Ontario’s first-ever advocate for Community Opportunities. He also leads a youth-focused research nonprofit, Road Home Research & Analysis, which is supported by the Pinball Clemens Foundation, and hosts a weekly radio show, “Tonight with Jamil Jivani” on Newstalk 1010.