Montreal

Montreal mayor invites cultural communities to tackle discrimination in city

Mayor Valérie Plante has announced the creation of a roundtable that will meet regularly at City Hall over the next year, with the goal of making municipal services more inclusive and representative.

Roundtable group made up of 15 Montrealers from variety of professional backgrounds

After campaigning on a promise to make her administration representative of Montreal's diversity, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante was criticized for naming an executive committee that had no visible minorities. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

Mayor Valérie Plante has assembled a group of Montrealers from diverse backgrounds in an effort to curb discrimination in the city — and address criticism directed at her own administration.

Plante announced Monday the creation of a roundtable group that will meet regularly at City Hall during the next year, with the goal of making municipal services more inclusive and representative of the city's diverse population.

After campaigning on a promise to do that, Plante was criticized for naming an executive committee that had no councillors from visible minorities.

The roundtable is made up of 15 people from a variety of professional backgrounds, ranging from the arts to law to activism.

Plante said the group's members will put their "expertise to work so that we can put in place concrete actions that will enable us to make public service, municipal services and programs more innovative and more representative of the Montreal population." 

Specifically, the roundtable has four goals:

  • to make the City of Montreal workforce more diverse.
  • to come up with recommendations to address the problem of racial profiling.
  • to encourage diversity among business leaders.
  • to increase diversity in politics and culture.

The group will be headed by Myrlande  Pierre. The other members are:

  • Marie-Pier Boisvert.
  • Marie-Ève Bordeleau.
  • May Chiu.
  • Karla Étienne.
  • Paul Evra.
  • Odile Joannette.
  • Queen Ka.
  • Myrna Lashley.
  • Bochra Manaï.
  • Kerlande Mibel.
  • Will Prosper.
  • Shahad Salma.
  • Marie Turcotte.
  • Joshua Wolfe.

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