Geoff Regan

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Halifax West

Geoff Regan

Your member of parliament for


Halifax West

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Statement in the House of Commons on Black History Month: February 21, 2020

Mr. Speaker, on February 8th, the Africa Festival of Arts and Culture hosted a Black History Month dinner at Mount St. Vincent University. Everyone who attended got to experience some of the many magnificent tastes and sounds of Africa. The theme of the event was remembering the contribution of Canadians of African descent in wartime. From William Hall, the first Nova Scotian to receive the Victoria Cross, to the members of the Number 2 Construction Battalion in World War I, to those who served in WWII and other conflicts, often making the ultimate sacrifice. One of our great shames is that so little credit was given to these heroes for so long, and rarely during their lifetimes. This is a reminder that we still need to stand up to racism. As I said in this House in February of last year, we need to act swiftly and purposefully to combat racism. The tremendous contributions made by Black Canadians to our country deserve our respect and admiration. We can do better.

Added February 21, 2020 from Geoff Regan.