Parti Québécois plan for racism inspectors gets lukewarm reception

    Parti Québécois leader Jean-François Lisée challenged the Liberal government on Wednesday to be as diligent in cracking down on discrimination in employment as it was on the illegal sale of cigarettes to minors.

    However, the PQ’s plan to identify and sanction employers who discriminate against visible minorities — a plan that could include government inspectors and heavy fines slapped against firms found in the wrong — received a lukewarm reception from Premier Philippe Couillard. And the premier’s response came during a National Assembly question period that made it clear the air of political collegiality that followed the Jan. 29 Quebec City mosque attack is over.

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