The Opposition called on the Quebec government to clamp down on so-called reasonable accommodation of minority groups after the province’s human rights commission ruled that the health insurance board has no obligation to satisfy religious or cultural preferences.
In separate opinions issued Tuesday, the commission weighed in on three cases involving people who asked that their religious, cultural or linguistic preferences be accommodated when dealing with employees of the province’s health insurance board, the Régie de l’assurance-maladie du Québec (RAMQ).
Up until Tuesday, RAMQ did accommodate such requests on a case-by-case basis, handling about a dozen a year.
Parti-Québécois immigration critic Louise Beaudoin said the commission’s ruling should serve as the basis for a new law declaring all public services officially secular — and banning all accommodation of religious preferences.
“That’s what we would like to stop: that case-by-case method of doing things,” said Beaudoin. “We have to do something.”