Quebec introduces action plan to combat violent radicalization

The Quebec government is detailing its long-awaited plan to fight violent radicalization in the province.

MONTREAL — The Quebec government is detailing its long-awaited plan to fight violent radicalization in the province.

Public Security Minister Lise Theriault and Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil announced a 59-point plan today that aims to prevent, detect and act against those either considering or on the verge of committing acts of ideological violence.

Part of the plan sets aside funds to establish an anti-radicalization centre in Montreal which will offer counselling services and other help to families and friends of people suspected of being radicalized.

There is also money for training educators, social workers and police on how to detect radicalization.

A police squad will also monitor social media for any signs of extremist chatter.

The Quebec government also tabled a bill in the legislature today targeting hate speech and religious extremism.