Dan Delmar: A long history of unreasonableness in Outremont

The latest spat between Outremont residents over Jewish community school buses is a sad reminder that culture clashes remain unresolved in the very community where Quebec’s modern “reasonable accommodation” crisis was born.

The Hérouxville scandal of 2007 may have been the most politically consequential event (a small Mauricie town’s council passed a xenophobic code of conduct aimed at hypothetical immigrants). In that year’s election, the Action Démocratique du Québec (ADQ) rose to first Opposition after a campaign relying heavily on divisive rhetoric of the sort.

But the first controversy in this wave of nationalist cultural panic is rooted in Montreal’s otherwise elegant Outremont borough, historically home to premiers, magnates and much of Quebec’s political class.

In late 2006, the Parc Ave. YMCA, technically situated a few feet outside Outremont, succumbed to pressure from…

Original published: 2018-03-13 18:49:23 Read the full Montreal News here

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