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Denis Coderre – Équipe Denis Coderre pour Montréal

In preparation for Montreal’s November 3rd municipal election, we will be presenting the diversity and equity platforms for all confirmed mayoral candidates and their respective parties.

Denis Coderre

The Équipe Denis Coderre website contains details of the entire program the team has in store for Montreal, if elected.

The breakdown of the diversity and equity initiatives is COMING SOON.


Mélanie Joly – Le Vrai changement pour Montréal

In preparation for Montreal’s November 3rd municipal election, we will be presenting the diversity and equity platforms for all confirmed mayoral candidates and their respective parties.

Melanie Joly

Mélanie Joly and her team promise to be The Real Change for Montreal (Le Vrai changement pour Montréal).

This party’s platform is divided into 10 actions.  What “real changes” will they bring to diversity and equity in Montreal?  Take a look.

 Boosting local community movements and citizen initiatives

“Every day, in addition to elected officials, hundreds of public and private organizations and thousands of people are in action all around the city helping to improve  the quality of life of Montrealers and ensure their ability to live in harmony with people from diverse backgrounds and origins.”


3)    Create a social development plan to formally recognize the importance of the contribution of civil society and community and social groups in the economic development of the city. The plan will also raise awareness of their contribution to society and allow a global vision of social development in Montreal to emerge.

Fight social exclusion and fight for vulnerable populations

“Poverty, food insecurity and the exclusion from the labor market of too many people and families have a direct impact on the vitality and dynamism of Montreal. The City must put into place a global approach with the boroughs to improve its record in this area. As such, it must prioritize concrete actions for the social integration of the most vulnerable people and families, giving them the tools and providing the necessary support so that they can turn their lives around.”

 Objective: Establish partnerships with various social workers and community groups in the city to find shelter for the most vulnerable people and the families.

2) Create partnerships with various grassroots organizations and community groups and finance projects to help disadvantaged people, drawing on the best projects implemented across the country

3) Create partnerships with non-profit organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, to build affordable housing and promote the acquisition of housing.

Don’t just sit there, do something!

“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” – Plato

Photo credit: Government of Quebec

The proposed Charter of Quebec Values has left many of us wondering what happened.  When did our province become so completely derailed?  How is it possible that a province of immigrants has come to vilify The OtherWhat is the cutoff date between Us and Them?  This province has never been home to a single, monolithic culture, and we cannot legislate one into being now.

Over the coming months, there will surely be large and small protests against this xenophobic charter, and we are all called upon to make our voices heard.  Do not be the good man or woman who stood by and allowed “evil to triumph”.  Instead, raise your voice, hold up your sign, march in the protests, wear your black armband.  It is up to us, the good people, to ensure that everyone’s rights are safeguarded.

Our Québec is inclusive.

Where are you from?

Ah… The ubiquitous question.  You don’t look like me.  You don’t sound like me.  You can’t possibly be from here.  Where are you from?

Many, many people from minority groups struggle with this question (and many other people struggle with the answer).  The question “where are you from?” can carry much more weight than those four little words should.

It’s one thing to be asked that question when you are away from home, and quite another when you are walking around the city you grew up in.

Being a black Canadian, I have answered everything from “my mother’s womb” to “third rock (from the sun)” and everything in between.  I was born in London, Ontario, but grew up at McGill.  I am the first in my family to be born in Canada, and while I am proud of my family’s island heritage, I am very proud to be a Montrealer. I am not from anywhere else.

So, I ask you: where are you from? Have you been asked the question?  Have you asked the question?  Where were you (at home or abroad)?  What happened when you answered?  What happened when you didn’t get the answer you were expecting?

Welcome to the Race and Ethnic Relations blog!

It took a while, but it is finally here.  Welcome to the Race and Ethnic Relations blog!

This is a safe space for members of the McGill community to discuss issues of equity and diversity at McGill, in Montréal, and in the world.  Regardless of how you arrived here, we are all McGillians, sharing experiences in a multi-ethnic and multicultural environment.  We hope that those experiences will be rich and rewarding, but the reality is that diversity can be challenging.

The purpose of this blog is to provide a space for sharing our experiences with diversity, to discuss events happening here and in the wider world that deal with issues of equity and diversity, and to create a forum for raising awareness and sharing resources to help foster a more inclusive and accepting community.

Everyone is welcome to participate.  If you have a story that you would like to share, contact me at

Note that we value open, honest discussion, but will not tolerate flaming of any kind.

Welcome aboard!  We look forward to hearing from you.

Adrienne Piggott

Chair, subcommittee on Race and Ethnic Relations

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