The Quebec election of March 26, 2007, brought Liberal Premier Jean Charest to the brink of defeat, reduced the Parti Québécois to third-party status and catapulted Mario Dumont’s Action Démocratique du Québec to the role of official opposition. One of the factors in the ADQ’s rise was Dumont’s critical stance toward “reasonable accommodation” of cultural and religious minorities. Inroads 22 contains an excerpt from a consultation document issued by the Bouchard-Taylor Commission, which the government appointed to study reasonable accommodation, along with comments from four distinguished observers. In addition, insiders and observers close to all three parties examine Quebec’s political landscape in the wake of the election.
The government’s new funding strategy has brought money into the universities, but shaped them in a particular way. It is time to ask whether this is really what we want. Written by Keith Archer and Rainer Knopff.