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Minister Blair reflects on National Impaired Driving Prevention Week
March 16, 2020


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Hi, I’m Bill Blair, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

This week is National Impaired Driving Prevention Week.

It’s an opportunity to remind everyone of the grave dangers of impaired driving.

Such a reminder should not be needed in 2020.

But the fact is that far too many Canadians continue to get behind the wheel when they’re in no shape to do so.

When they make that choice, they are committing a crime and putting not only their own lives at risk, but also those of their passengers and other people sharing the road.

I spent many years in law enforcement in Ontario.

Over the course of my career, I saw first-hand the sad, horrific and entirely preventable consequences of impaired driving.

It kills four people, on average, every single day in Canada.

Thousands more are injured every year.

So my message to you is simple:

If you are high…

Or you’ve been drinking…

Or you feel overly tired…

Find a different way to get where you need to go.

Whatever you do, don’t drive.

Together, we can stop impaired driving, make our roads safer, and, ultimately, save lives.

Minister Blair reflects on the legacy and achievements of Black Canadians during #BlackHistoryMonth
February 10, 2020


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Hello, I'm Bill Blair, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

February is Black History Month in Canada.

It's a time for everyone to reflect on the rich, centuries-long history of Black heritage and culture in this country.

From Viola Desmond and Lincoln Alexander to Jean Augustine and Alvin Curling – this is a time to honour the legacy and achievements of Black Canadians, and recognize all they have done to help build the strong, diverse, and prosperous Canada we know and love today.

And as we celebrate the contributions of Black Canadians, we must also recognize that systemic racism and anti-black racism have long created barriers for Black communities throughout Canada's history. 

Let us commit to challenging these biases in our neighborhoods and in our everyday interactions. In that way, we build a more inclusive Canada for everyone.

I encourage you all to take part in events in your community this month.

And I invite you to join me in celebrating Black History Month in Canada.

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