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There would be 50 times more of crimes and incidents of hate in Quebec than suggested by the official statistics, has concluded a survey, unpublished, Centre for the prevention of radicalization leading to violence (CPRMV) of Montreal.
First of its kind in the province, the survey showed that 46 000 Quebec major – or 0.7 % of the population – are said to have been a victim of a hate crime between 2014 and 2017, and 191 000 are said to be the victim of an incident of hate, reported the “Montreal Gazette”.
However, according to Statistics Canada figures, only 855 hate crimes have been listed three years in the province.
“There is a huge disconnect between these results and statistics official told the “Montreal Gazette” Benjamin Ducol, director of research at the CPRMV. We know that there are crimes and incidents motivated by hate, but this shows us that they are virtually invisible.”
According to the CPRMV, an incident of hate is an act of non-criminal that aims to insécuriser people because “of their race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or physical or mental disability.”
The survey of the CPRMV, conducted by Vox Pop Labs – known for their Compass election – was asked to 1843 Quebec if they had been witness to or victim of an incident or a hate crime, and 35 people responded in the affirmative.
Thirteen people are reported to have been victims of threats or incitement to violence, 15 harassment, nine of physical violence, and eleven of online threats. The main reasons for these incidents are the ethnic origin (seven cases), religion, and sexual orientation (five cases each)
The sample of positive responses does not allow to extrapolate to the entire province, ” said Benjamin Ducol, but the CPRMV is currently working to identify hate crimes during the summer of 2017.