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This paper investigates the debate in the province of Quebec, Canada in 2013 over a Charter of Quebec Values introduced by the separatist ruling party, the Parti Quebecois. It relies in particular on government documents, debates in Quebec’s National Assembly, and editorials in the French press. It relates the Charter to the preceding Bouchard-Taylor Commission Report in 2008 on accommodation by public bodies of particular religious requests. The debates concerned the right to manifest one’s religion, the rights of (particularly Muslim) women, and the rights of the collectivity as opposed to the minority. Part of the debate was about Quebec’s particular policy of interculturalism, as opposed to Canada’s policy of multiculturalism. The paper concludes by advocating multiculturalism grounded in liberal human rights over coercive integration of minority groups into the pre-existent collectivity.


This is an author accepted version of an article published in Human Rights Quarterly.

Howard-Hassmann, Rhoda E. "The “Quebec Values” Debate of 2013: Minority vs. Collective Rights." Human Rights Quarterly, vol. 40 no. 1, 2018, p. 144-167. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/hrq.2018.0005.