Lively and well attended Round Table
at the McGill Law Faculty

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50 people attended our first public discussion about reasonable accomodations
5 years 
after the so called «crisis»

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.

List of participants

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.

Anne Lagacé Dowson

President and Director General, ENSEMBLE for the respect of diversity.
Animator of the Round Table  

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