One of the great thinkers who helped calm Quebec's reasonable accommodation debate is stirring it up again, saying he fears the province may be headed toward a "radical option" to deal with religious minorities.

Gérard Bouchard, the sociologist who travelled the province with philosopher Charles Taylor to study Quebec's integration of minorities, said the province still lacks coherent rules to govern accommodation.

He warned that confusion and a leadership vacuum could lead Quebec toward a hardening line against religious freedom for minorities or a free-for-all where institutions twist the rules of secularism. A third scenario he outlined could be an incoherent combination of different rules for Catholic traditions and other faiths.

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