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Despite ‘urgent need to act,’ Quebec taking its time with cultural safety bill – iHeart Radio

Having heard harsh criticisms by several Indigenous groups, Quebec Minister Responsible for Relations with First Nations and the Inuit Ian Lafrenière says he wants to take “time to think about what comes next” before moving ahead with his bill on cultural safety in the health care and social services networks.

It’s been over a month since the bill passed through the province’s consultation stage, and it has yet to return to the National Assembly’s agenda.

In response to The Canadian Press, Lafrenière’s office did not specify when the committee’s work on Bill 32 will resume.

For now, the minister says he is still analyzing the information received during the two days of consultations, where 14 individuals and organizations were heard.

In addition, seven organizations submitted briefs without being invited to testify.

Lafrenière insists he has “listened carefully to the concerns” of the various groups.

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