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Fight against racism: the appointment of Bochra Manaï is a “mistake”, says the Legault government

The Legault government qualifies the City of Montreal’s hiring of Bochra Manaï as commissioner for the fight against racism “a mistake” given his past positions against the law on secularism.

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“For us, this is a mistake on the part of the City of Montreal. The government of Quebec is already making the fight against racism a priority, as evidenced by the report tabled last December, ”indicated the office of Prime Minister François Legault.

On Tuesday, the City of Montreal announced the appointment of Bochra Manaï, who will become the first commissioner for the fight against racism and systemic discrimination as of next week.

This position was created in response to the recommendations of a report tabled this summer which pointed out the shortcomings of the City in its fight against discrimination.

Hailed by some for her qualifications, Ms. Manaï’s appointment has been criticized by others for her opposition to the law on secularism.

She holds a doctorate in urban studies and two master’s degrees and was the director of an organization fighting against social exclusion in Montreal-North.

As a spokesperson for the National Council of Canadian Muslims, she was however one of the opponents who led the challenge of Law 21 on secularism in court.

The trial of this law instituted by the government of the Coalition Avenir Québec ended in mid-December. The decision will not be known until the end of February 2021.

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