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


23 May 2013 17:30
Chancellor Day Hall : Room 312 (NCDH), 3644 rue Peel Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 1W9

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.

Contact Information

Contact: ENSEMBLE pour le respect de la diversité
Office Phone: 514-244-7941
Source Site: /law
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