/ R E P E A T / - Commission Co-Chair Charles Taylor undergoes surgery on his left arm and will be absent from the initial stages of the regional tour - The consultation will proceed as planned and begin in Gatineau on Monday evening

    MONTREAL, Sept. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Charles Taylor, Co-Chair of the
Consultation Commission on Accommodation Practices Related to Cultural
Differences (CCPARDC), will miss the first four stages of the regional tour
because of surgery on his left arm.
    The Commission's public consultation program will proceed as planned and
will begin Monday evening with the launching of the first regional citizens'
forum in Gatineau, presided by Co-Chair Gérard Bouchard, who will pursue the
tour alone in Rouyn-Noranda, Sept-Iles and Saguenay. Charles Taylor will be
present at the Saint-Jérôme regional citizens' forum on September 24.
    Professor Taylor fractured his left arm last April and has been wearing a
splint since then. The fracture has been slow in healing and his physician
recommended earlier this summer the insertion of a metal pin in his arm. This
is a standard procedure that should require a brief period of convalescence.
Professor Taylor will remain in Montréal in the coming weeks but will
participate actively in the Commission's deliberations.
    "I am reading the briefs that we have received and will examine the
reports drafted by our analysts on the testimony presented at the hearings and
comments made during the forums," noted Professor Taylor, who will be back at
the Commission's office in a week.
    Professor Taylor, who is 75, learned recently from his physician that it
might be possible to perform the surgery this week-end. He has organized his
agenda in order to be ready should the operation be confirmed, which it was
today, Sunday.
    "My colleagues and I believe that Charles should focus on his health and
then take the necessary time to recover," noted Co-chair Bouchard. "We want
him to come back in good shape, which explains the cancellation of trips to
the regions."

    The Commission

    The CCAPRDC, 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
consultation. The Commission will submit a report and make recommendations to
the Québec Premier on March 31, 2008.

For further information:

For further information: Sylvain Leclerc, Press Officer, CCPARDC, (514)
873-0912, Cellphone: (514) 730-3446

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