Quebec will appoint a minister responsible for the fight against racism

Quebec will appoint a minister responsible for the fight against racism

The appointment of a minister responsible for the fight against racism and the ban on random police arrests are among the recommendations of the Action Group against Racism (GACR), whose report was presented by several ministers on Monday in press conference in Montreal.

From the outset, the Minister for Health and Social Services, Lionel Carmant, declared that the government wanted to go “beyond a semantic debate and debate solutions that will put an end to racism in all its forms” .

The Caquista government has been criticized in recent months for its refusal to use the term “systemic racism” as the basis for the fight to be waged.

The report presented on Monday recommends taking advantage of the reform of the Ethics and Religious Culture course to make primary and secondary students even more aware of the fight against racism.

A national awareness campaign will be launched, in two parts specific to the realities of visible minorities and Aboriginals, underlined the Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, Ian Lafrenière.

With regard to police forces, it is also recommended to have mixed patrols, to incorporate social work workers into the teams.

The Minister of International Relations and Immigration, Nadine Girault, highlighted actions to improve representativeness on boards of directors and procedures for the recognition of skills.

There will also be mandatory training on the issue of racism for all government employees.

The Action Group against Racism presented measures that touch on four areas: access to the labor market, public security, the right to housing and education.

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