October 17, 2021

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Official languages ​​| Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections

Official languages ​​|  Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections

(Ottawa) Modernization Official Languages ​​Act It has not yet been filed that it is already attracting ridicule from opposition parties.


Catherine Levsk
The Canadian Press

Monday, Tap Melanie Jolie, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, reports in her bill that French is Quebec’s official language while protecting the rights of English – speaking minorities. This will be a new attitude for the Federal Liberals, who have hitherto been strong defenders of bilingualism across the country.

Black Cubacos did not fail to mock the Liberals intent.

“Fifty years later, the federal government recognizes Quebec’s French as French, half a century behind. Next week, he’s going to recommend a good new series called Symphorian “, McClade Debellefulle, political party whip during question period.

“The French need to be more defensive because it is facing cuts and decline. So we are committed to doing more and we are going to do even more. In the next few days and weeks, I will have the opportunity to talk about our bill,” Minister Jolie replied, as it was already on the order paper. Suggested imminent.

The bill is expected to be introduced on Tuesday, a week before the end of parliamentary proceedings.

“Parliamentary sessions are coming to an end and the Liberals want to call elections as soon as possible. In this case, there is no time to pass a bill introduced this week and the Liberals are well aware of this. Although this issue is very important to them, they introduced the bill a long time ago,” lamented Conservative MP Alain Reyes. .

Mr Reyes accused the Liberals of using the “official language file” as an election tool and for their own benefit.

Last February, Minister Jolie introduced a reform paper on official languages, the result of consultations conducted by her team in recent years, but also the Official Languages ​​Commissioner, the Senate and the House Official Languages ​​Committees, as well as groups for the protection of linguistic minorities.

She proposed changes, from immigration to the selection of Supreme Court judges, including the granting of new powers to the Commissioner of Official Languages. Respecting Ottawa’s jurisdiction, the document also addressed the right of Quebecs to operate in French among the federal jurisdictions Quebec explicitly requested.

Quebec finally decided to keep these companies subject to the French language charter in the version submitted last month.

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