Montreal’s new anti-racism commissioner Bochra Manaï addresses her critics


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Manaï has spoken out in opposition to Quebec’s Invoice 21, which bans civil servants together with academics, cops and judges from carrying spiritual clothes reminiscent of hijabs. As a spokesperson for the Nationwide Council of Canadian Muslims, Manaï stated the legislation creates second-class residents and legitimizes inequality.

Plante was requested about Manaï’s place on the legislation in a information convention Wednesday.

“She’s an worker of town and understands her position,” Plante stated. “Invoice 21 has been adopted by the province and we conform to it.”

Manaï stated her position is to deliver folks collectively, but additionally to make sure all minority teams are handled pretty by town and its establishments. She stated there was a lot dialogue about systemic racism, and plenty of suggestions made via quite a few experiences and committee hearings through the years. Now it’s as much as her to determine how town can act on these suggestions.

“However supervisors will want steering,” she stated. “Not everybody has coaching on inter-ethnic relations and racism. Not everybody understands what this implies, what it implies and the way discrimination performs out in every day life.”

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