Bouchard-Taylor Commission - The public consultation on accommodation practices offers Quebecers several participation methods



    MONTREAL, Aug. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Gérard Bouchard and Charles Taylor,
Co-Chairs of the Consultation Commission on Accommodation Practices Related to
Cultural Differences (CCAPRCD), announced this morning the approach adopted
with respect to the public consultation to be held in 17 Québec cities this
fall.
    Individuals, groups, organizations and institutions in Québec will be
able to express in several ways their ideas and opinions on secularism,
interethnic relations, collective integration or any other topic closely
related to accommodation practices.
    "We have chosen options that facilitate participation by individuals and
groups, whether in writing or orally," Mr. Bouchard noted. "It is important
for all participants to be able to express themselves before the Commission in
more or less official settings in order to create a spirit of and forum for
dialogue."
    The Co-Chairs also announced the establishment of a 15-member Advisory
Committee.(1)
    "Some of the advisers have already contributed to the Commission's
preparatory deliberations and their expertise in such diverse fields as law
and religious sciences will be very useful to us during the public
consultation," noted Mr. Taylor. "The advisers have varied training and are of
different origins and will support us by offering advice on broad issues and
specialized or specific questions in the realm of accommodation."

    
    Methods of participation

    - Individuals and organizations may submit a brief at a public hearing in
      each region of Québec that the Commission visits. They may also submit
      a brief to the Commission through its Website or by regular mail
      without presenting it at a public hearing.
    - Individuals wishing to speak briefly to share their experience or
      relevant opinions will have an opportunity to testify at a public
      hearing.
    - The public is also invited to participate in a regional citizens'
      forum, an informal meeting moderated by the Co-Chairs to be held in
      each of the 17 cities visited.
    - An interactive section has been designed for Quebecers who wish to
      express their opinions on accommodation by answering each week a
      question displayed in the "Your opinion" section of the Website
      (www.accommodements.qc.ca).
    - The Institut du nouveau monde (INM) has been asked by the Commission to
      organize four forums on themes of province-wide interest. The first
      province-wide forum, open to all Quebecers, will be held in Montréal on
      Friday, August 24 in conjunction with the INM summer school. Interested
      individuals must register with the INM online (www.inm.qc.ca) or by
      calling 1-877-934-5999, ext. 263.

    Activities in Montréal

    Numerous activities are planned on Montréal Island: four province-wide
forums, two regional citizens' forums and five days of public hearings. The
first regional citizens' forum in Montreal will be held in French on Tuesday,
November 27, 2007, and the second one, in English, on Thursday, November 29,
2007. Hearings and forums will also be held in Longueuil and Laval.

    Registration and documentation

    Dates and registration procedures have been adopted with regard to the
participation methods proposed. All of the necessary tools (the consultation
document, the participation guide, the timetable of activities, and the
registration form) can be consulted online. Information on the consultation
can also be obtained by telephone.

                       Website:          www.accommodements.qc.ca
                       Telephone:        514-873-9420 (Montréal)
                       Toll free:        1-866-627-2412
                       Mailing address:  Case postale 220
                                         Succursale B
                                         Montréal (Québec) H3B 3J7

    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.

    (1) The list of the members of the Advisory Committee is appended to this
        press release.



             Consultation Commission on Accommodation Practices
                       Related to Cultural Differences

                         Advisory Committee Members

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    Professor Rachida Azdouz                Professor Jacques Beauchemin
    Assistant Dean                          Director of Research,
    Faculté de l'éducation permanente       Canada Research Chair
    Université de Montréal                  on Globalization, Citizenship
                                            and Democracy
                                            Département de sociologie
                                            UQAM
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    Professor Pierre Bosset                 Bergman Fleury
    Faculté de science politique            Education and intercultural
    et de droit                             relations advisor
    UQAM                                    Ministère de l'Education,
                                            du Loisir et du Sport
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    Professor Jane Jenson                   Myriam Jézéquel
    Canada Research Chair                   Diversity management advisor
    in Citizenship and Governance           President of the Cercle Jean
    Université de Montréal                  Monnet de la Culture
                                            Chaire Jean Monnet en
                                            Intégration européenne
                                            Université de Montréal
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Aida Kamar                              Professor Solange Lefebvre
    President and CEO                       Director
    Vision Diversité                        Centre d'étude des religions
                                            de l'Université de Montréal
                                            (CERUM)
                                            Université de Montréal
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Professor Georges Leroux                Professor Roderick MacDonald
    Département de philosophie              F.R. Scott Chair in Public and
    UQAM                                    Constitutional Law
                                            Faculty of Law
                                            McGill University
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    Professor Marie McAndrew                Professor Micheline Milot
    Canada Research Chair                   Département de sociologie
    on Education and                        UQAM
    Ethnic Relations
    Université de Montréal

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    Céline Saint-Pierre                    Professor Daniel Marc Weinstock
    Vice-President                         Director
    Innovation and Transfer                Centre de recherche en éthique
    Centre francophone                     de l'Université de Montréal
    d'informatisation                      (CREUM)
    des organisations (CEFRIO)             Département de philosophie
                                           Université de Montréal
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    Professor José Woerhling
    Faculté de droit
    Université de Montréal
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    Information:

    Sylvain Leclerc
    Press Officer, CCAPRCD
    Telephone: 514-873-0912
    Cellphone: 514-730-3446

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For further information:

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

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