The Canadian Race Relations Foundation Endorses the intervention of the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse in the case of Joel Debellefeuille in Quebec Superior Court
TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2011 /CNW/ -The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) endorses the intervention of the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse in the case of Joel Debellefeuille in Quebec Superior Court. Records show that Debellefeuille was stopped on two occasions while driving his BMW because of the colour of his skin.
In the first stop, the Police officer's report stated: "The car belonged to a certain Debellefeuille Joel, a Black man which did not correspond, at first sight, to the owner.
Debellefeuille sounds like a Quebecois family name and not from another origin." As we are celebrating “Citizenship Week” we are reminded that all citizens are equal, regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious or linguistic background.
There is no place for racial profiling in our society, and that includes our public institutions such as law enforcement agencies. “We acknowledge the leadership of the Commission des droits de la personne ete des droits de la jeunesse in confronting racial profiling and discrimination in Quebec. The Foundation will monitor this case closely, because it is about time to put an end to racial profiling in our society”, said Ayman Al-Yassini, CRRF Executive Director.