A group that defends the rights of the homeless filed a petition Friday to remove the homeless from the curfew.
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According to the Traveling Legal Clinic, the curfew in its current form violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as it undermines the security, liberty, equality and even the “right to life” of people without. home.
“For some of these people, respecting the curfew cannot be done without suffering serious harm, while others are simply unable to comply due to circumstances beyond their control.” , we can read in the request signed by the law firm of the legal clinic, Trudel Johnston & Lespérance.
Prosecutors are asking that the curfew be immediately suspended for the homeless, until justice takes a more in-depth look at the issue.
Whether or not homeless people are exempt has been debated since the introduction of the curfew by the Legault government. This is in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., at least until February 8.
The subject returned to the forefront this week, following the death of an indigenous homeless man, Raphaël André, who lost his life in a chemical toilet close to a closed refuge.
The 51-year-old allegedly hid there because he feared he would be fined $ 1,550 for not respecting the curfew.
In the process, the mayoress of Montreal, Valérie Plante, asked the Legault government to exempt the homeless from the application of this measure.
However, the Prime Minister rejected this proposal.
“You have to understand that if we put in the regulations the fact that a homeless person cannot receive a ticket, anyone could say ‘me, I am a homeless person, so you do not have the right to give me a ticket. contravention ”, declared François Legault at a press conference on Tuesday.
These comments have since sparked strong criticism. Federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller, among others, said he was disappointed with the Prime Minister’s decision.