Saturday, May 24, 2008

Charest in damage control over Bouchard-Taylor

QUEBEC CITY — Premier Jean Charest is taking to the airwaves and buying full-page newspaper ads to defend himself against opposition claims that he's not adequately protecting Quebec's identity.

Mr. Charest immediately distanced himself from one of the major conclusions in this week's controversial Bouchard-Taylor commission report on the accommodation of immigrants in Quebec.

It called for religious and cultural reciprocity between francophone Quebeckers and immigrants as a means to resolve the so-called “accommodation crisis.”

The ad features a picture of Mr. Charest signing a document stating that “when one chooses Quebec, one also chooses Quebeckers and their values,” referring to the need for immigrants to do their part to integrate into Quebec society.

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