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Coping with “deep cultural diversity”1 has become a major preoccupation in Western societies since the advent of globalization and demographic dependence on immigration. Contemporary Quebec, with its almost negative reproduction rate and its besieged cultural situation, is no exception. To understand the issues these changes have provoked, it is first necessary to sketch out the context in terms of five major relevant societal developments and social policy initiatives of the last three or four decades.

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