Not just passed, Bill 96 on the French language has already been challenged in court by the English-Montreal School Board.
“Quebec’s official and common language law in French is unconstitutional […] And violates the right of the English-speaking community to administer and regulate its educational institutions, ”the school board said in a lawsuit filed publicly in the Montreal Courthouse yesterday.
Written entirely in English, with the exception of parts of the legislature that have not yet been translated, the 47-page request is a full-fledged charge against a new law passed last week by the Franకోois Legalt government.
She asked the courts to declare all sections of the law invalid or at least “not a national assembly”. […] Change the interpretation of the Constitution Act, 1867 ”.
In the court document, the English-Montreal School Board (EMSB) opposes its obligation to provide French translations of its internal communications and its administrative documents.
The latter does not want to be forced to offer a French option in its services, as well as bilingual posters.
” [Ces passages] The law violates language rights under section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. “
This section grants specific rights to education in the minority official language.
The same protection that was successfully used to exclude English schools from secularism of state law, also known as Bill 21, among other things, prohibited teachers from wearing religious symbols in the context of their work.
However, the case was appealed.
In the case of Bill 96, the EMSB says that French immersion courses should be promoted in certain communications and without the forced use of French for non-teaching services.
It will be possible to produce fully bilingual students, she said in a press release last week after the law went into effect, which would also freeze the number of places available on the English-speaking college network.
She invited “any organization interested in Anglophone and fundamental human rights” to support her cause.