LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY AND USE OF ENGLISH AND FRENCH IN CANADA: 2021 CENSUS OF POPULATION

On Aug. 17, Statistics Canada is scheduled to release linguistic diversity and use of English and French in Canada data produced through the 2021 Census. This category of data release tends to generate intense media interest – especially in Quebec – and these Census results are being released at a particularly sensitive juncture, given that the Government of Canada’s C-13 An Act to amend the Official Languages Act, to enact the Use of French in Federally Regulated Private Businesses Act and to make related amendments to other Acts is making its way through Parliament.

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS BILL 96

Members of the National Assembly yesterday delivered their final speeches and remarks on Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the Official and Common Language of Québec and commentary from the Committee on Culture and Education, which had reviewed the bill on a clause-by-clause basis.

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COMMITTEE CONCLUDES EXAMINATION OF BILL 96: CAQ ENSHRINES PRIMACY OF FRENCH LANGUAGE AND “QUEBEC NATION” OVER CANADIAN AND QUEBEC HUMAN RIGHTS CHARTERS

The National Assembly’s Committee on Culture and Education yesterday resumed its clause-by-clause analysis of Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the Official and Common Language of Québec. After a particularly intensive day, the committee last night concluded its examination.

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COMMITTEE ADOPTS SERIES OF SURPRISE CHANGES REGARDING BILINGUALISM IN QUEBEC JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS

The National Assembly’s Committee on Culture and Education yesterday resumed its article-by-article analysis of Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the Official and Common Language of Québec. Members discussed clauses 147 through 164, which include ten new adopted amendments tabled by Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette. These modify Quebec’s Consumer Protection Act and the Courts of Justice Act, among other pieces of legislation.

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COMMITTEE SUBSTANTIVELY CHANGES QUEBEC HUMAN RIGHTS LAWS

The National Assembly’s Committee on Culture and Education yesterday resumed its clause-by-clause analysis of Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the Official and Common Language of Québec. Members discussed clauses 107 and 125 to 146, which make several modifications to Quebec’s Code of Civil Procedure, the provincial Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms (Quebec Charter), and the Interpretation Act.

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COMMITTEE ADOPTS PROPOSED CHANGES TO CIVIL CODE OF QUEBEC

The National Assembly’s Committee on Culture and Education yesterday resumed its clause-by-clause analysis of Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the Official and Common Language of Québec. Members discussed clauses 115 through 126, which make several modifications to the Charter of the French Language. These clauses also make many changes to other legislation, including the Civil Code of Quebec – which governs all private legal relationships in the province.

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COMMITTEE ADDS NEW PUNITIVE MEASURES TO BILL 96

The National Assembly’s Committee on Culture and Education yesterday resumed its clause-by-clause analysis of Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the Official and Common Language of Québec. Members finished discussing clause 114 and returned to the bill’s clause 107, to discuss Art. 165.22 of the Charter of the French Language.

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FRENCH LANGUAGE MINISTER TABLES SIX NEW AMENDMENTS TO BILL 96 REGARDING ONLINE BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS, COMMISSIONER OBLIGATIONS, AND ENFORCEABILITY OF CONTRACTS

The National Assembly’s Committee on Culture and Education yesterday resumed its clause-by-clause analysis of Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the Official and Common Language of Québec. Members discussed clauses 113 and 114 of the bill. Minister of Justice and Minister Responsible for the French Language Simon Jolin-Barrette added a half-dozen new amendments to the soon-to-be modified Charter of the French Language.

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COMMITTEE DEBATES NEW COMPLAINTS PROCEDURES FOR THE OFFICE QUÉBÉCOIS DE LA LANGUE FRANÇAISE

The National Assembly’s Committee on Culture and Education yesterday resumed its clause-by-clause analysis of Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the Official and Common Language of Québec. Members discussed clauses 101 through 107. These provisions add a slew of new articles to the Charter of the French Language. They change the structure and practices of the Office Québécois de la langue française (OQLF). In addition, they establish the relationship between the OQLF and the new Ministry of the French Language.

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COMMITTEE DISCUSSES CREATION OF FRANCISATION QUÉBEC AND A MINISTRY OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE

The National Assembly’s Committee on Culture and Education yesterday resumed its clause-by-clause analysis of Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the Official and Common Language of Québec. Members discussed clauses 84 to 100, covering Articles 141 through 163.1 of the Charter of the French Language. This section introduces the new entity referred to as Francisation Québec, under the purview of the Ministry of Immigration. It also establishes the new Ministry of the French Language and delineates the roles of its Minister and Deputy Minister.

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