Mike Medeiros is a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship at McGill university. His research focuses on political behaviour and Canadian/Quebec politics, but also ethnopolitics, political psychology, electoral politics, sub-state nationalism and ethnic conflicts. He explores the influence of ethnic identity on political behaviour and seeks to understand political behaviour, in citizens and elites, in a general manner.
There is quite simply no objective evidence to support that such a ban would help intergroup relations in Quebec. On the contrary - a ban on religious clothing is likely to accentuate the detachment felt by members of religious minorities, and other cultural minorities, towards Quebec society.
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