15 June 2018

Jedwab: A lack of understanding of laïcité isn't the problem

http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-a-lack-of-understanding-of-laicite-isnt-the-problem


Lise Ravary (“What laïcité is and what it is not” Opinion, April 13) contends that when it comes to the place of religion in society, Quebec prefers laïcité and integration while Canada (that is, the rest of Canada) opts for liberal tolerance leading to multiculturalism.

In fact, Canada’s model of multiculturalism does not reject integration, nor does Quebec reject liberal tolerance.

Rather, the Canadian approach to diversity does not require the abandonment of one’s customs and traditions in order for someone to be integrated into society. Hence it does not label as non-integrated a public school teacher who wears a kippah, a prison guard with a turban and and/or a police officer wearing a hijab.

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