by Reporter Carmel Kilkenny (CBC radio international) ELECTIONS BRINGS OUT NEW “ETHNIC PARTY”: Montreal is in the midst of a heated municipal election, one that has given birth to a new party. The Montreal Ethnic Party got off to a hasty start but it is fielding two candidates. Reporter Carmel Kilkenny got us with party leader Monir Hossain and has more on his party's goals.
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Ethnic Party of Montreal is committed to social justice, democracy, open and accessible city and borough administration, environmental sustainability, economic and job security for all Montreal residents.
Our Action Plan:
1. Entry level job creation for ethnic communities.
2. Establish bilingual administrative system.
3. Reform social housing sector and speed up for current application process.
4. More affordable social housing for neighborhoods.
support the recommendations of the community housing table.
5. Lower taxes, lower parking fee, lower parking ticket.
6. Improve school yard, pedestrian safety, and mandatory speed breaker for all school areas.
7. Priority based snow removal for all school areas.
8. Protect the character and diversity of Montreal neighborhoods.
9. Provide extra care for all religious activities in neighborhoods.
10. Protect and create healthy environments for future generations.
11. Provide more funding for cultural communities and organizations.
12. Lower transport fares for minimum wage workers.
13. Create a citizen advisory committee on multicultural issues.
14. Establish ethics and accountability board in each borough.
Parti ethnique de Montréal est attachée à la justice sociale, la démocratie, ouvertes et accessibles ville et l'administration d'arrondissement, la durabilité environnementale, économique et sécurité de l'emploi pour tous les résidents de Montréal.
Notre plan d'action:
1. Entrée emplois au niveau de la création pour les communautés ethniques.
2. Établir un système administratif bilingue.
3. La réforme du secteur du logement social et l'accélération des processus de demande.
4. Plus de logement social abordable pour les quartiers. Soutenir les recommandations de la Table de logement communautaire.
5. Baisser les taxes, baisser la redevance de stationnement et baisser les tickets de stationnement.
6. Améliorer l'école, la sécurité des piétons, briseur de vitesse obligatoires pour toutes les superficies scolaires.
7. Priorité en fonction de déneigement pour toute la zone scolaire.
8. Protéger la nature et la diversité des quartiers de Montréal.
9. Fournir des soins supplémentaires pour toutes les activités religieuses dans les quartiers.
10. Protéger et créer des environnements sains pour les futures générations.
11. Fournir un financement plus important pour les communautés culturelles et des organisations.
12. Baisser les tarifs des transports pour les travailleurs au salaire minimum.
13. Créer un comité consultatif de citoyens sur les questions multiculturelles.
14. Mettre en place l'éthique et la responsabilisation dans chaque conseil d'arrondissement.
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Courtesy: Hour Magazine
October 1st, 2009
Youth of colour in Montreal now have a racial profiling hotline to call and new political party to stand up for them.
Last week, the Quebec Human Rights Commission launched a racial profiling consultation process calling on youth aged 14 to 25, teachers and parents to report any racial profiling incidents they've experienced.
"We must speak about [racial profiling] openly in order to promote real solutions," said the president of the commission, Gaétan Cousineau. "The Commission wants to raise awareness of the consequences of racial profiling which can compromise the future prospects of 14- to 25-year-olds."
Also last week, a new municipal party, the Ethnic Party of Montreal, led by journalist and community organizer Monir Hossain, announced its arrival in politics and the desire to "open the door for the next generation [of the] ethnic community."
"Race and racial issues and causes are always a bit invisible in Quebec society," says Hossain. "Our youth don't feel like they have a future in Montreal. We want to change this and build relationships [necessary to the] future of the city and security of some neighbourhoods [where major inequalities are the source of tension]."
As for the Commission, they will create an overview of racial profiling and its social impacts and costs, publishing their findings and research by spring 2010. Public forums will be held in which
groups, victims and other stakeholders can help identify solutions. By fall 2010, the
Commission will publish a final report and recommendations.
The submission process is open until Nov. 30, and while anonymous submissions will not be considered, personal information related to each report will be kept confidential. To find out more about the consultation, visit www.cdpdj.qc.ca, or phone 514-873-5146, or 1-800-361-6477, ext. 359.
Hossain: Forward looking
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A party with an ethnic flavour
Updated: Tue Sep. 29 2009 1:20:20 PM ctvmontreal.ca
A party with a distinctly ethnic flavour has joined the race to control Montreal city hall. The Parti ethnique de Montreal is aimed at promoting the interests of immigrants and their communities. So far the party has three candidates in Park Extension and Cote-des-neiges, areas which have some of the highest ethnic populations in Quebec. Party Leader Monir Hossain, a political neophyte, says he would encourage higher immigration levels if elected.
But he adds that Quebec employers will have to open their minds to the hiring of new arrivals. "People are going to French school (and) after one year, two years, they say 'we sent our resumes ... but no response,' " says Hossain.
A perceived lack of recognition by mainstream parties is what prompted George Lemontzoglou to run for the party in Park Extension, home to some 80 ethnic groups. He accuses politicians of ignoring ethnic people unless there's a campaign. "Other parties are there when they need us, and then they forget about us," Lemontzoglou told CTV's Annie DeMelt.
One-half of Park Extension residents were born outside of Canada, and many are allophones who are highly coveted by Mayor Gerald Tremblay and his main rival, Vision Montreal's Louise Harel. But while the face of Park Extension keeps changing it remains one of the poorest areas in Canada. Lemontzoglou says job-creation is a top priority. "If you don't open the door to the jobs, how are they going to survive?"
Tremblay reacts Mayor Tremblay responded to the criticism that his Union Montreal party gives short shrift to ethnic voters, saying his party is multicultural. "If you look at the allophone community, we have representatives here," he said in a recent interview. "Their responsibility is to be very close to the community to improve their quality of life."
Fledgling party T
he candidates admit their platform needs work, and they still have to open a real campaign office. For now, they're meeting at a local doughnut shop and their definition of success would be to take a single seat in the Nov. 1 election.