Minister of the Environment, Benoit Charette, will add the title of anti-racism minister to his resume after Immigration Minister Nadine Girault and Social Services Minister Lionel Carmant submitted their recommendations on how to combat racism in the province.
The fight against racism is above all, a question of human dignity.
While several questions were raised about Charette's ethnicity at a press conference on Wednesday, Legault insisted that Charette is the right man for the job and that he's "a man of results who can deliver."
Responding to a question that brought up him being white, Charette said that "the colour of someone's skin should not be an argument to disqualify someone."
Born in Sainte-Jérôme, Quebec, Charette's community engagement involves, among other things, work with SOS Jeunesse and a volunteer trip to Haiti in 1995.
Speaking on his personal life, Charette mentioned he's married to a woman of Haitian origin.
He explained that his "wife and my kids can speak to their experiences [with racism]. It's sometimes subtle, it's sometimes direct, but in all cases, it's offensive."
He also gave an example of when racism directly affected his life, speaking about how his family members were once refused when attempting to rent an apartment.
Charette stopped short, however, of agreeing about the existence of systemic racism in Quebec and said that "the laws and our system protects citizens."
"What bothers me about the expression are several elements but it gives a false sense of security to throw the blame on others [...] whatever our origins, we have certain prejudices."
"So, if we back a vague concept that's badly defined, it removes some of the responsibility that we have."
While there's a myriad of possible reasons as to why Trudeau is ahead in the province, his handling of the pandemic could be the biggest. Among the Quebecers polled, 46% believed that health care is the most pressing issue in the upcoming election and 53% said the current prime minister "has performed well on pandemic management."
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"We, the undersigned, demand that the Government of Quebec publicly reject, as of now, the idea of a mandatory vaccination passport and that it commit itself to do like the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has done, that is to say, prohibit the obligation to present a vaccination passport in order to attend certain events and practice certain activities," the petition states.
Samson, a former Coalition Avenir Québec member who switched sides in June, held a press conference about the petition alongside Conservative Party of Quebec leader Eric Duhaime on August 12. They explained that the party had already collected 133,000 signatures on a previous petition that did not meet the criteria of the National Assembly.
"We reviewed the wording [...] So we're going to ask these hundreds of thousands of people to re-sign their petition on the National Assembly website, and we're going to invite Quebecers who don't agree with the vaccine passport to come forward as well," Samson said.
The petition, which was posted to the National Assembly website on August 12, had garnered more than 75,000 signatures at the time this article was published.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.