The Bouchard-Taylor Commission winds up its public consultation



    MONTREAL, Feb. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Consultation Commission on
Accommodation Practices Related to Cultural Differences (CCPARDC) today held
the fourth province-wide forum organized by the Institut du Nouveau
Monde (INM), which marks the conclusion of the consultation. Under the theme
"What unites us?", 216 participants took part in the province-wide forum,
where they discussed what, beyond their cultural or religious differences,
draws Quebecers together. All told, the four province-wide forums organized in
collaboration with the INM attracted more than 800 participants.

    Consultation tour statistics

    The Commission today published a statistical compilation of the
consultation conducted in the fall of 2007. The 901 briefs submitted make the
Bouchard-Taylor Commission one of the most popular and widely followed
consultations in Québec's recent history, exceeding even the Bélanger-Campeau
Commission in 1990 (607 briefs) and second only to the National Commission on
the Future of Québec in 1995 (over 5 500 briefs).
    During the consultation tour, 3 423 individuals attended 22 regional
citizens' forums, which were also broadcast live by the two 24-hour news
channels. In addition to the 328 briefs presented during hearings, the
co-chairs heard personal testimony from 241 people out of a total of 761
requests received throughout Québec (see the table below for complete data).

    Visits to the Commission's Website

    Many Quebecers also consulted the Commission's Website and expressed
their viewpoints by answering the questions of the week and submitting
e-mails. Between the Website's launching on August 14, 2007 and January 30,
2008, the site received 398 011 visits. Over 50 000 people answered the
questions of the week (46 842 in French and 4 091 in English). Some 119 262
simulations were filled out under the heading "If you had to decide..." and
over 2 500 e-mails, including 1 500 comments, were received.

    
                   Table - Consultation in the fall of 2007
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                            Briefs                Testimony           Forums
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    Administrative  Presen- Submit-        Presen-  Not               Atten-
     region          ted     ted    Total  ted      presented  Total  dance
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Outaouais       15      19      34     20       11         31     124
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    Abitibi-
     Témiscaminque  3       2       5      4        -          4      92
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    Côte-Nord       6       4       10     5        -          5      50
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Saguenay-
     Lac-
     Saint-Jean     9       9       18     11       6          17     285
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Laurentides     16      5       21     9        7          16     174
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Lanaudière      8       3       11     15       10         25     91
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Bas-Saint-
     Laurent        13      6       19     13       -          13     200
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Gaspésie-
     Iles-de-la
     Madeleine       3      3       6      3        2          5      76
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Montérégie Est  12      9       21     7        4          11     75
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Montérégie
     Centre         16      25      41     28       48         76     167
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    Mauricie        18      15      33     13       14         27     176
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    Capitale-
     Nationale      39      105     144    17       73         90     381
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      Oct. 29
       forum                                                          211
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      Oct. 30
       forum                                                          170
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    Chaudière-
     Appalaches     5       12      17     9        5          14     158
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    Centre du
     Québec         10      8       18     15       8          23     192
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Laval           16      32      48     27       51         78     170
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Estrie          23      28      51     7        48         55     249
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Montréal        58      283     341    38       233        271    763
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      CDN forum                                                       171
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      Nov. 27
       forum                                                          171
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      Nov. 29
       forum                                                          210
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      Dec. 11
       forum                                                          108
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      Dec. 13
       forum                                                          103
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    Province-
     wide
     hearings       58      5       63     -        -          -      -
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    Total           328     573     901    241      520        761    3 423
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    The Commission

    The CCAPRCD, co-chaired by sociologist and historian Gérard Bouchard and
philosopher Charles Taylor, has been asked to take stock of accommodation
practices and analyse all facets of the question by conducting a province-wide
public consultation. The Commission will submit a report and make
recommendations to the Québec Premier on March 31, 2008
(www.accommodements.qc.ca).
    -%SU: SOC
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