What has changed in Quebec in the five years since the "Reasonable Accomodation Crisis"?


Chancellor Day Hall Room 312 (NCDH), 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

The question of reasonable accomodations in Quebec, which in the past was largely a legal issue, has become a driving force in the public discourse.

Coexistence among diverse cultures has also taken on a life of its own in the media with the so-called "Reasonable Accomodation Crisis" and attendant ideological disputes, cystallizing identity politics and feeding various academic and public polemics.

Five years after the Bouchard-Taylor Commission, this round table looks at the concept and practice of reasonable accomodation (meaning, principles, framework, reach and limitations, etc.) by revisiting the major themes of the debate : pluralism or assimilationism as a model of social integration.

The discussion necessitates an examination of the ramifications of the «laicité» or secular legalo-political models, applied to religious practice, the State, and pluralistic adjustments of beliefs and philosophies of life in the public domain.


  • Daniel Weinstock, Full Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill.
  • Marie McAndrew, Chair Holder Canada Research Chair in Education and Ethnic Relations, Université de Montréal
  • Jack Jedwab, Executive Director, Association for Canadian Studies.

Moderator: Anne Lagacé Dowson, President and Director General, ENSEMBLE for the respect of diversity.

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