Quebec's crisis over the accommodation of minorities made headlines in the late 2000s and even spawned a government-appointed roving commission. The provincial government responded with a code of "shared values" for immigrants and a phone-in service at the Quebec Human Rights Commission to answer employers' questions about their multi-ethnic workplaces. This year, Quebec also introduced legislation to ban the wearing of face-covering religious veils for those seeking public services.
Why are Quebeckers grappling with these questions? What lessons were learned from its accommodation crisis? And can the rest of Canada learn from Quebec's experience?
Jack Jedwab, executive director of the Montreal-based Association for Canadian Studies and the newly established International Association for the Study of Canada, was online and took your questions on Tuesday at noon (ET). You can replay the discussion by clicking on the live blog box below. If you're viewing this on your smartphone, you'll want to click here.
Mr. Jedwab lectured at McGill University between 1983 and 2008 in the Quebec Studies Program, the sociology and political science departments, and at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, where he taught courses on official language minorities in Canada and sports in Canada. He is the founding editor of Canadian Diversity and the Canadian Journal for Social Research.
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