Statement: Commission Condemns Discrimination Against Political Candidates

Jul 27, 2021

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission condemns recent acts of vandalism against a political candidate who is African Nova Scotian and calls upon all Nova Scotians to be respectful of candidates and of the democratic process during the provincial election campaign.

Political candidates enter public life as part of their commitment to serving their communities and constituents. Unfortunately, some become targets of discrimination and hate.

It is illegal under the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act to discriminate against anyone based on their race, colour, political affiliation, and several other protected characteristics.

As our provincial election campaign continues it is important that all Nova Scotians show civility and respect, for political candidates. It is especially important that candidates from equity-seeking groups including those from communities of African descent are not threatened or discouraged in any way from seeking office.

August 17th is election day in Nova Scotia. To learn more about how and where to vote visit the Elections Nova Scotia website.