A video is making the rounds on Facebook this week where a group of Muslims held a prayer while visiting Park Safari, and the reaction so far has been pretty appalling. (Video can be seen at the bottom of this article)
A new study by the Angus Reid Institute has revealed divided opinions about racism in Canada, with only 24% of Quebec respondents agreeing that "Canada is a racist country" — the least of any province. That's compared to 44% of Saskatchewan respondents.
The study categorized respondents into four camps, "detractors, guarded, accepting, and advocates," in order to determine where Canadians stand on perceptions of race relations and racism.
Other members of the CAQ government, including Geneviève Guilbault, have refused to acknowledge systemic racism in our province as well. Meanwhile, political leaders like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mayor of Montreal Valérie Plante have publically said it does, in fact, exist in both Quebec and all of Canada.
Legault has claimed to have "a different definition" of systemic racism than others, believing that it doesn't exist here is because "the vast majority of Quebecers are not racist."
Local Criminal Lawyer Maria-Livia Beaugé has explained that "systemic 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."
While the CAQ government is currently planning an "awareness campaign" to fight racism in the province, the group behind the new petition, We Do Something, "demand that the Legault government recognize the presence of systemic racism in Quebec."
This petition points out the recent death of Joyce Echaquan in a hospital in Joliette and the "racist abuse" that the organizers believe was linked to it.
And it's not just rules for people who want to work for the government. These rules would affect anyone trying to get access the city's public services.
According to Journal Metro the STM refuses to comment on these new rules, but on Tuesday the Justice Minister of Quebec confirmed that the policies in Bill 62 would extend to all municipalities as well as the the entire public transportation system.
So it's official, if the new rules go into effect, women who wear Niqabs or Burkas would not be allowed to use the STM anymore. And since this includes "all public transportation" that means they won't use the bus or the metro. Hell, they might not even be able to rent BIXIs.
Quebec has officially lost its mind.
For more information on these insane new rules, click here.
The post encouraged more women to put up photos of themselves with their "male allies" with the hashtag #TomorrowInHand. The only problem is that since it's International Women's Day, some people are accusing her taking focus away from women.