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.


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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