The Bouchard-Taylor Commission in the Mauricie region: an additional half-day hearing will be held in Trois-Rivières

    MONTREAL, Oct. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - In light of the considerable number of
briefs and extensive testimony submitted by individuals, organizations and
associations in the Mauricie region, the Consultation Commission on
Accommodation Practices Related to Cultural Differences (CCPARDC) is
prolonging by half a day its hearings in Trois-Rivières. In addition to the
session from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24, the Commission will
convene on Thursday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to noon.
    The Commission has received 18 briefs and testimony from 28 sources. The
additional half-day will also allow greater numbers of individuals and
organizations already registered to speak. All briefs submitted to the
Commission are read and analysed whether or not they are subject to a public
    Some 200 people are registered for the Citizens' Forum of Trois-Rivières,
which is full. The Commission is thus obliged to refuse any new registrants.

    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.

For further information:

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

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