– Let’s work together to fight racism in Quebec  –

At a time when the whole world is mourning the murder of African-American George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, many of us are asking ourselves what we can do to fight racism and police brutality here in Quebec?

For several years now, the Green Party of Quebec has been at the forefront of the anti-racism movement and the anti-police brutality movements. We have been calling for concrete action by the Quebec government and municipalities in the province to fight against systemic inequalities.

Although the murder of George Floyd occurred in the United States, we are not immune to such conduct in Quebec. We know that black, indigenous and Arab people are more likely to be arrested by the police and have a more difficult time finding housing and jobs. In the current pandemic, racialized people are more likely to be infected and to suffer the consequences of austerity measures in the healthcare system. In 2018, two blocks from my home, the SPVM fired five bullets at an unarmed black resident named Nicholas Gibbs, killing him while he was in a mental health crisis. The family still has not received justice; this is one of many examples. In other words, Quebec is by no means immune to systemic racism, no matter what the premier tells us on a daily basis.

As Quebeckers, we have a collective responsibility to fight racism in all its forms. That is why the Green Party of Quebec is proposing, among other things, the following actions:

– Progressively disarming police officers on patrol, following the example of practices in England and New Zealand.

– Reducing police budgets and reinvesting money in community-based prevention and cohabitation initiatives

– Abolish police impunity by reforming the Bureau of Independent Investigations to eliminate the presence of former police officers within the organization as well as making the publication of investigation reports mandatory.

– Establish a Permanent Council on Combating Racism, composed of racialized people, which will be mandated to conduct field research, advise the government, draft legislation, make information available to the public and participate in the development of policies to combat racism.

– Launch a national awareness-raising campaign to combat all forms of racism.

In the current situation, we all have a duty to take action to bring about change in our society. As leader of the Green Party of Quebec, I pledge to do everything in my power to do so.

In solidarity,

Alex Tyrrell
Leader of the Green Party of Quebec

– Agissons ensemble contre le racisme au Québec ✊ – Alors que le monde entier déplore le meurtre de l’Afro-Américain…

Posted by Alex Tyrrell on Monday, June 8, 2020

To anyone who says that racism is “much worse in the United States than it is up here in Canada” or that things are somehow different…

Chantel Moore, a 26 year-old indigenous woman was shot and killed by police this morning in Edmundston, New Brunswick. They had been called to her home for a wellness check.

Following the killing her grandmother Grace Frank wrote the following on Facebook: “I don’t believe this. They were going there to check on her not kill her. This is not right. Why would she shoot her 5 times ffs. My Granddaughter was harmless. She loved everyone. She was not judgemental. She was so beautiful and full of life. Had plans for college. Ohhh Granddaughter I miss you 💔😭

After hearing the news I looked up Chantel Moore on Facebook and what struck me is how normal her profile was. She was sharing jokes, family pictures and posting about gardening. I am skeptical that she would threaten police with a knife and even if she did that is no reason to shoot or kill her. Take a look for yourself: (https://www.facebook.com/Chan.17.1994)

Police should not be carrying firearms when responding to such calls. We need to disarm, defund and retrain the police now. What is happening in this country is unacceptable.

Alex Tyrrell
Leader of the Green Party of Quebec

To anyone who says that racism is "much worse in the United States than it is up here in Canada" or that things are…

Posted by Alex Tyrrell on Thursday, June 4, 2020

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