Legault government taps Environment Minister Benoit Charette to oversee racism fight

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Quebec Premier Francois Legault plans to name a minister to spearhead the fight against racism.

Environment Minister Benoit Charette is set to add the role to his current tasks today.

The announcement is to be made by Legault as part of a small cabinet shuffle, The Canadian Press has learned.

Among the recommendations last December from a task force that looked at racism in the province was the appointment of a minister to implement its anti-racism action plan.

The 25 recommendations outlined in the final report aim to tackle racial profiling and discrimination faced by minorities and Indigenous people in the province.

The Legault government said in December it hoped that most of those recommendations would be implemented within two years.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 24, 2021.

The Canadian Press