Plan for hearings on ‘systemic racism’ in Quebec divides province’s political left

Some critics say the consultations encourage an ideology of victimhood and demonize the province as inherently racist.

MONTREAL — Quebec is being widely criticized for its plan to launch public consultations on systemic racism, even by those who agree visible minorities face many structural barriers in the province.

Forgotten in the upcoming discussion is Quebec’s anglophone population, said Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director of the Quebec Community Groups Network. She notes how the consultations specifically do not touch on discrimination based on language.

Moreover, she deplored how the government’s documents outlining the consultations have so far been released in French only.

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