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Green Party leadership candidate says police should give $20 to every person of colour they stop

The Green Party leadership debate was held on Tuesday, revealing an increasingly radical party without purpose or ambition.
Nico Johnson Montreal, QC

The Green Party leadership debate was held on Tuesday, revealing an increasingly radical party without purpose or ambition. One candidate said the police should be abolished, and another said that the police should give $20 to every person of colour they stop.

"This would contribute a little bit to [help] the trauma and inconvenience of being stopped and it would make the police think twice before they stop them," said the candidate.

This candidates suggestion, however, was soon smacked down by the only person of colour who is in the running to be leader. "Your $20 solution is super racist, and as a person of colour, I find it very, very offensive."

"You want to pay people to address systemic racism? What would be the next step? If the person gets beaten up, we give them 50?" He asked incredulously.

The Green Party debate was hosted by Canadian icon, and thoroughly nice bloke Steve Paikin who had to sit through the tortuous affair. The candidates are attempting to replace former leader Elizabeth May who has been at the helm of the Green Party since 2006.

The Green Party candidates were all in favour of defunding the police, however one candidate went a step beyond that and said that if they were prime minister (god forbid) they would abolish the institution.

"Defunding the police is not only just defunding it, but it is also a road to abolition, because this would be the end of it," said one of the candidates.

When this candidate was asked whether abolishing the police should be a long-term goal, they said "of course, but it is on the long run." The candidate did not offer a time-frame.

By far the most interesting moment of the debate was when one of the candidates appeared wearing a top hat. Extra points were awarded for the potted plants and the matching green shirt.

The Green Party candidates will be choosing a new leader in October. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it will be conducted through a online vote or mail-in ballot.

If you're interested in voting for some reason (perhaps you're terrifically bored) you have until September 3 to join the party.

Nico Johnson
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