Premier says Tenor made a ‘big, big mis­take’

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

On­tario Premier Kath­leen Wynne says that when peo­ple say “all lives mat­ter” in re­sponse to Black Lives Mat­ter, it re­minds her of peo­ple say­ing, “Why don’t straight peo­ple have a pa­rade?” Wynne, who is openly gay, re­sponded to ques­tions Thurs­day about a Black Lives Mat­ter protest at the Toronto Pride pa­rade and con­tro­versy over a singer chang­ing the na­tional an­them’s lyrics at the Ma­jor League Base­ball allstar game. Remi­gio Pereira, a mem­ber of The Tenors, sang “all lives mat­ter” dur­ing the an­them this week and Wynne says he made a “big, big mis­take in terms of his ca­reer.” She says when peo­ple say that, what’s heard is: “You don’t un­der­stand what we’re say­ing.” Ahead of a pub­lic meet­ing of On­tario’s newly es­tab­lished anti-racism di­rec­torate that Wynne is at­tend­ing Fri­day, she says that Pride and Black Lives Mat­ter Toronto will have to work out is­sues be­tween them­selves sep­a­rate from her in­put.

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