Roundtable: Quebec's Charter of Values and the Challenge of Diversity

John A Hall to lead discussion on diversity in Quebec.

As a sub-state nation within Canada, Quebec has struggled with diversity in recent years. In the late noughties Quebec experienced the ‘ reasonable accommodation crisis’, a debate that centred on the degree to which Quebec society should accommodate various cultural practices of its immigrant populations. The Taylor-Bouchard Commission sought to address these concerns within Quebec’s existing practice of interculturalism. However, the issues of accommodation once more came to the fore in 2014 with the Parti Québécois’ (PQ) proposed a ‘Charter of Values’, a proposal that was strident in its secularism.

This roundtable, hosted by the Centre of Canadian Studies and the Citizens, Nations and Migration Network (CNaM), seeks to place the Charter of Values in context, establishing its origins in the strategic thinking of the PQ, and distinguishing the Charter from Quebec’s established policy of interculturalism, as well as English-speaking Canada’s multiculturalism. The panel comprises the renowned sociologist John A Hall (McGill), historian Christine Ross (McGill) and Director of the University of Edinburgh’s Centre of Canadian Studies, James Kennedy.

The roundtable takes place on 8th April, 1:30 t0 3:00 pm, in the Project Room 1.03, 50 George Square.