02/05/2015 18:38 EST | Updated 04/07/2015 05:59 EDT

Quebec must address terrorism fears now: Gérard Bouchard and Charles Taylor

The Philippe Couillard government must act immediately to combat terrorism and reassure the population, says Gérard Bouchard, co-chair of the Consultation Commission on Accommodation Practices Related to Cultural Differences.

Bouchard appeared at hearings aimed at examining the province's immigration policy in Quebec City on Thursday.

He said public concern on the issue of terrorism is real and legitimate, arguing that Quebec had to move quickly to calm tensions.

University of Quebec historian and sociologist was joined by the other co-chair of the so-called Bouchard-Taylor Commission, Charles Taylor. 

Bouchard said he acknowledges that it is a challenge to find a balance between adopting strong measures to prevent acts of terrorism, and respecting individual rights as defined in the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms.