Experts: Quebec mosque shooting

Published: 31 January 2017

Here are McGill professors available to comment on the Quebec mosque shooting:

Cécile Rousseau, Professor, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University

« L'horrible attaque de Québec nous laisse tous dans la sidération et le deuil, notamment celui d'une société québécoise pacifique et ouverte, même si parfois imparfaitement. Le traumatisme est lourd, et le processus de deuil qui commence est d'autant plus exigeant que cet attentat nous fait vivre des émotions ambivalentes et douloureuses. Si nos unissons nos voix, il pourra aussi devenir une occasion de résistance massive face à la peur et aux divisions, aux discours polarisés qui déshumanisent l'autre et nient l'apport de la différence à la richesse de l'identité québécoise. Une action concertée des services sociaux, de santé et d'éducation permettra de faciliter ce délicat processus de deuil collectif, pour que la mobilisation le soutienne, et pour que les possibles dérapages soient contenus. »-Cécile Rousseau


Dr. Rousseau is part of an emergency clinical team in Quebec City which specializes on violent radicalization and is among  8 clinicians, psychiatrists and psychologists, specially trained to help around the radicalization theme, and ready to intervene in schools or wherever need be. The aim is to support family, relatives, social environment, following the rules of the clinical practice (confidentiality, among others). Cécile is taking charge of the needs expressed by schools in QC city, while the other members of the team are supporting schools in Montreal. 

Topics : violent radicalization, polarizations, social tensions, social suffering/distress, discrimination, prevention, clinical intervention, trauma, collective mourning, concerted action, living together (bad translation of vivre-ensemble), diversity, inclusion, training.

cecile.rousseau [at] (English, French)

Alain Brunet, Department of Psychiatry, The Douglas Research Institute and McGill University

Professor Brunet has a project working with the police in Quebec City (SPVQ) to help them deal with post-traumatic stress.

Topics: Post-traumatic stress syndrome

alain.brunet [at] (English and French)

Daniel Weinstock, Director, Institute for Health and Social Policy; Faculty of Law, McGill University

Topics: governance in liberal democracies, and the effects of religious and cultural diversity from an ethical perspective on the political and ethical philosophy of public policy.

dainel.weinstock [at] (English, French)

Morton Weinfeld, Department of Sociology, McGill University

Professor Weinfeld holds the Chair in Canadian Ethnic Studies, and directs the minor program in Canadian Ethnic Studies. He’s currently interested in areas of ethnicity and public policy, notably the role of minority-origin professionals in various policy domains.

morton.weinfeld [at] (English)

Alana Klein, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Professor Alana Klein teaches and researches in health law, criminal law, and human rights.

alana.klein [at] (English)

Dia Dabby, Visiting Fellow at the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism

"Ten years after initiating institutional consultations on religion and reasonable accommodation, we can genuinely ask whether discussions on managing religious diversity have really moved forward in Quebec. The abhorrent attack on the Islamic cultural centre of Quebec challenges our ability to respond affirmatively to this question. Legislative projects seeking to regulate religious diversity, such as Bill 62 - currently before the National Assembly - increase the fixation with religion rather than try to normalize our relationship with it.”—Dia Dabby

Dia Dabby is an emerging scholar in the areas of constitutional law, religion and education and a member of the Quebec Bar.

Topics: Canadian constitutional law, comparative law, religious diversity, education law, governance.

dia.dabby [at] (English, French)

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