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Joel DeBellefeuille is regularly featured in the news and media across Canada having won historical human rights cases in the Province of Quebec.
His cases have set jurisprudence re-working the way law enforcement agencies, government bodies and municipalities handle systemic racism and
discrimination within their communities. He is also an avid businessman, entrepreneur, investor and husband and father.

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Joel DeBellefeuille is regularly featured in Canadian newspapers and media for winning landmark human rights cases in the province of Quebec. His cases have established jurisprudence that is changing the way law enforcement agencies, government agencies and municipalities deal with systemic racism and discrimination within their communities. He is also a passionate businessman, entrepreneur, investor, husband and father. He is also an Executive Official of Bloc Montreal a provincial political party in Quebec.
Mr. DeBellefeuille also led the only electronic petition to the National Assembly on Bill 21 and racial profiling in the House of Commons in Ottawa. He is a strong human rights advocate and has appeared and reported on Global Television, CityNews Montreal, CBC News, CJAD800, The Montreal Gazette, The Suburban, Montreal Community Contact, The Canadian Press, CTV News, Savoir Media , QUB Radio with Geneviève Pettersen, 98. 5FM with Bénoit Dutrizac and Patrick Lagacé, The Aaron Rand Show, Newstalk Radio with co-host Sharman Yarnell, La Presse, The Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, Vice; as well as a professional panelist for an accredited law course at McGill University and a guest lecturer at McMasters University for a law and sociology course.  

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HOW JOEL DEBELLEFEUILLE CHANGED QUEBEC'S 
UNDERSTANDING OF RACIAL PROFILING

MPP candidate Adele Brawley writes about Joel DeBellefeuille's impact on Quebec's paradigm on racial profiling. READ MORE

DRIVING WHILE BLACK IN CANADA

In July 2009, a black Canadian named Joel DeBellefeuille was pulled over (for the fourth time in several days [73]) by Longueuil police because, according to documents, "his Quebecois name did not match his
skin tone". READ MORE

MYTH #1: THE COMMISSION AND THE
TRIBUNAL ARE THE SAME THING

This video is part of a myth busting campaign about the Commission that aims to raise awareness about its mandate and actions. Learn more about #TheCommissionForReal: www.cdpdj.qc.ca/real
BOOK DESCRIPTION
ISBN 3319728830, 9783319728834 -PUBLISHER SPRINGER 2018
Police abuse in democracy often captures national and international media attention. Yet political scientists still devote little attention to the police and its relationship to democracy. In established democracies, such as the United States it is often seen as an aberration requiring a technical fix. In newer democracies it is often seen as a legacy of authoritarianism or civil war. This panel questions these assumptions and asks how, putting police abuse at the centre of our analysis, does it force us to rethink our conception and analysis of democracy in terms of citizenship, accountability, and socio-economic inequality. Using examples and case studies from the US, France, Chile, Argentina, India, Canada and Brazil, we show how integrating police abuse can contribute to a more robust study of democracy.

Q & A WITH JOEL DEBELLEFEUILLE

Joel DeBellefeuille answers attendee questions from McGill's Max Bell School of Public
Policy Racial Profiling in Policing conference. READ MORE

POLICE ABUSE IN COMTEMPORARY DEMOCRACIES

FOUND INSIDE 
Joel DeBellefeuille. [case nos. 09-19841], Longueuil City Court, Judge Pierre-Armand Tremblay, September 20, 2012, p. 22 §107.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR (2018)
Michelle D. Bonner is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria, Canada.
Guillermina Seri is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Union College, USA.
Mary Rose Kubal is Associate Professor of Political Science at St. Bonaventure University, USA.
Michael Kempa is Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Ottawa, Canada.