Reform of Bill 101 creates a new ministry responsible for protecting the French language, a stop shop for immigrant franchisees, as well as assistance against merchants who refuse to serve their customers in the Moliere language.
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As part of the charter review of the French language to be unveiled today, Minister Simon Jolin-Barrett will announce the establishment of a new ministry for the French language.
In late April, Radio-Canada reported that the idea was a serious topic of discussion in the Council of Ministers. Eventually the Legalt government decided to move forward.
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Business and Immigration
Named “Quebec, a law that respects the official and common language of French”, part of the law also aims to ensure services in French in businesses.
Quebec does not intend to ban the popular “bonjor-hi” that has been the subject of discussion in recent years, but proposes a process of complaints against merchants who are unable to serve their customers in official language.
In matters of immigration, a stop shop will be created to coordinate reception and franchise services. Currently, newcomers have to knock on three different doors, it has been argued. Quebec wants to give good support to immigrants on their joint journey.
In 2017, the Auditor General produced a report failing to franchise new Cubans: only a third of non-Francophones were enrolled and 90% of those who completed the courses were unable to work in French.
Finally, the Legalt government must also announce the dissolution of the Superior Council of the French Language. He will be replaced by an independent commissioner, who will have the authority to investigate the French situation in Quebec.
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Approximately twenty major actions
Large parts of the reform, however, need to be disclosed. The bill should include more than twenty major actions, especially on the language of posting and attendance at English-speaking CEGEPs.
Finally, as our Parliamentary Bureau reported on Wednesday, Quebec wants to review the status of bilingual municipalities, which do not have 50% English-speaking citizens as stipulated in the law. At this point, the CAQ has the support of PQ.
Sylvain Goudralt, a PQ member, said Wednesday that “like 12% of the population, it’s unacceptable for a municipality to have bilingual status when English is spoken.”
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Some major ax of the version
- The ideal nature of the state, including municipalities, in French
- Make French the common language of higher education and work
- Provide French language services in stores
- Ensure the integration and franchisement of immigrants