Quebec to appeal decision hailed as victory in fight against racial profiling – Montreal


The Quebec government will appeal a recent decision banning random police stops in the province.

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Public Security Minister Francois Bonnardel says the government is appealing because depriving the police of an important tool is unacceptable.

Last month, Quebec Superior Court Judge Michel Yergeau ruled that a common law rule allowing police to stop motorists without suspicion that an offense had been committed ‘opens the door’ to profiling racial.

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He ruled that it violated three sections of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms: the right to life, liberty, and security of the person; protection against arbitrary detention; and the guarantee of equality before the law.

Christopher Skeete, the minister responsible for combating racism, says the government is aware that there is a fine line between giving the police the tools they need and stamping out racial profiling.

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The government also today announced several measures aimed at combating racial profiling by police officers.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 25, 2022.

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