Premier François Legault recently claimed that "there's some discrimination in Quebec, but there's no systemic discrimination." In hopes of hearing what someone in the legal system has to say about this belief, MTL Blog reached out to local lawyer Marie-Livia Beaugé, who explains exactly what systemic racism in Quebec entails.\nMarie-Livia is a criminal lawyer and project coordinator at Hoodstock, an organization whose mission is to "eliminate systemic inequalities."\nCurrently, she's working on a restorative justice program for black people.\nDuring Montreal's protest against racism and police brutality on June 7, speakers at the demonstration reportedly called out Legault for denying the existence of systemic racism in Quebec.\nThe premier's reasoning for claiming there's no systemic discrimination in the province is that he believes "the vast majority of Quebecers are not racist."\nBeaugé tells us about the dangers of someone in power making statements like this, provides a definition of systemic racism for those, like Legault she says, who may not fully understand it, and gives solutions for solving this systemic injustice in Quebec.\nAnswers have been edited and condensed for clarity.\nWhat's your opinion on Legault's belief that "there's no systemic racism in Quebec?"\nHe still said that there's discrimination and that there's work to do, so we're waiting on him to contact us. We still need to talk.\nIt really doesn't matter what he thinks because it is proven. We have a lot of reports that show it, we have witnesses that say that they have been victims of racial profiling. I myself have been one of them.\nSystemic racism is something you live every day, and I think Legault just doesn't understand the term.\nCan you explain systemic racism for someone who may not understand its definition?\nSystemic racism is not about being racist. It's about a system that allows you to act in a racist way and to act with discrimination. So, people from the black community and other marginalized groups, they feel the consequences of that.\nThey have difficulties finding jobs, finding a place to live, having good access to health care.\nI say Legault doesn't understand because he said he doesn't accept that people are racist. If you don't accept that people are racist, it's systemic racism.\nSystemic racism points out that the system is failing.\nDo you have ideas for solutions to abolish systemic racism?\nWe have to create a committee of anti-racism that will be directed by people of colour. People who understand issues like racial profiling and systemic racism.\nThis committee will have the power to take action whenever someone is discriminated against.\nThis is a necessity to move forward and change the system. We need to change the procedures that still allow the system to commit discrimination.\nWhat effect do you think comments like this being made by a premier have on a population? Do you think it influences other people's beliefs?\nFor sure it does. Legault is supposed to not only represent white Quebecers but all Quebecers with origins.\nWhen the premier says it doesn't exist, people think "well I won't go further than what he says." So, it's really dangerous when you say things like this while in a position of power.\nYou're just going to increase the tension between the people who just want freedom and equality and the people who aren't aware of the issues we have in Quebec.\nThis is why people are still surprised when injustices happen, even though they've been happening for years and years.