Gatineau to host the first public hearing of the Bouchard-Taylor Consultation Commission on Accommodation Practices - Subsequent Hearings will be held in September in Rouyn-Noranda, Sept-Iles, Saguenay, Saint-Jérôme and Joliette

    MONTREAL, June 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Consultation Commission on
Accommodation Practices Related to Cultural Differences will hold its first
public hearing in Gatineau on Tuesday, September 11, 2007. Subsequent hearings
will be held in Rouyn-Noranda on Thursday, September 13, in Sept-Iles on
Tuesday, September 18, in Saguenay on Thursday, September 20, in Saint-Jérôme
on Tuesday, September 25, and in Joliette on Wednesday, September 26.
    This press release is intended to give individuals, groups and
associations in the Outaouais, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Côte-Nord,
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Laurentides and Lanaudière administrative regions
sufficient time to prepare briefs. The deadline for submitting such briefs at
the public hearings is September 6 (Outaouais region), September 7
(Abitibi-Témiscamingue region), September 9 (Côte-Nord region), September 12
(Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region), September 15 (Laurentides region) and
September 16 (Lanaudière region). The Consultation Commission requests that
briefs not be submitted before the second half of August since it will issue
instructions on August 14 concerning the presentation of briefs.

    Further information to be released in mid-August

    The location and times of public hearings will be announced in mid-August
along with the locations and dates of the public hearings to be held until
December throughout Québec. The Consultation Commission will specify the rules
governing and organization of the hearings and will make public a consultation
document and its Website.

    The Consultation Commission on Accommodation Practices Related to
Cultural Differences, co-chaired by sociologist and historian Gérard Bouchard
and philosopher Charles Taylor, has been assigned the task of taking stock of
accommodation practices, analysing the issues, and conducting a public
consultation throughout Québec. The Consultation Commission will submit its
report and recommendations to the Québec Premier on March 31, 2008.

    Sylvain Leclerc
    Press Officer
    514-873-0912 / 514-873-9420

For further information:

For further information: Sylvain Leclerc, Press Officer, (514) 873-0912,
(514) 873-9420

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