Article by CBC News
A leadership candidate for the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Party has apologized after comments she made in the Nova Scotia Legislature on Tuesday were labelled as racist.
According to the Hansard transcripts, MLA for Cumberland North Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin was speaking against the legalization of cannabis when she said:
“I have a best friend in Amherst who is from Jamaica. She said to me, Elizabeth, smoking marijuana in Jamaica is completely accepted, and there’s a completely different work ethic and very low productivity in Jamaica. I think we already have a productivity problem here in Nova Scotia. We do not need something else making it worse.”
Community activist El Jones wrote a Facebook post calling the comments racist and saying they were unacceptable.
“This kind of anti-Blackness, so casually inserted in debate, is disturbing. As is portraying Black people as lazy and unproductive,” Jones said in her post.