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Quebec public sector managers ask to be trained in religion
by Caroline Plante
Quebec's alliance of public sector administrators told Bill 62 hearings on Wednesday it needs training and specific guidelines to be able to separate legitimate religious accommodation requests from ones made for bogus reasons or personal preferences.
Alliance president Anne Gosselin — who represents 3,400 administrators from 75 government departments and Crown corporations — told MNAs that three per cent of requests invoke religion and are handled "on the fly."
"Is the request really being made because of religion? People don't feel very well equipped," Gosselin said, adding some managers are unfamiliar with the customs, traditions and obligations associated with different religions.
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