Le démographe pessimiste

Au bout du fil, Marc Termote n’est pas optimiste.

Le français se fragilise dans le Grand Montréal, et le démographe ne voit pas de solution facile pour remédier à la situation.

De 2009 à 2016, il a présidé le Comité de suivi de la situation linguistique de l’Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF). Il parle aujourd’hui avec le recul et l’indépendance du chercheur en fin de carrière qui ne doit rien à personne.

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Montreal city council vows to protect French language

The city of Montreal has submitted an action plan on the protection of French to the Quebec government for approval.

Montreal city council passed a resolution Monday evening affirming that French is the common language of Montreal, though an opposition councillor accused Mayor Valérie Plante of being lax on the protection of the French language.

During the last city council meeting of 2020, Chantal Rossi, the councillor for the Ovide-Clermont district in Montreal North, said she supported the declaration, which calls on the Quebec government to support Montreal’s upcoming action plan to protect and promote the use of French.

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Bloc Québécois wants to replace Bonjour-Hi with Bonjour-Ho

The sovereignist federal party wants to stamp out the “Bonjour-Hi” greeting in Montreal businesses.

The Bloc Québécois has launched a holiday ad campaign urging Montrealers not to say Bonjour-Hi.

Posters for the sovereignist federal party show a blue Santa with the caption “Bonjour-Ho!”

The idea is to stamp out the bilingual greeting in businesses, which has raised the ire of Quebec politicians and commentators who say customers should be greeted in French only.

Joanie Riopel, a spokesperson for the Bloc Québécois, said posters will be put up near downtown shopping centres during the one-week campaign, which starts Monday.

“The message we want to send is to be able to shop in French in Montreal in the current situation, where French is in decline,” she said.

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Really?!?! Bonjour/Ho?!?!

(AUDIO) Tom Mulcair, who can be heard every weekday morning at 7:40 on the Andrew Carter Morning Show, comments on the Bloc Québécois’ Bonjour-Ho alternative to Bonjour-Hi.

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Brownstein: Why the Bloc Québécois needs to rethink its ‘Bonjour-Ho’ ad campaign

Woe to the unsuspecting Montreal merchant who greets a sensitive anglo female client with a “Bonjour-Ho!”

Blood may be spilled. Lips may be fattened. Eyes may get blackened.

“Bonjour-Ho!?” Seriously? ‘Fraid so.

Even during the grimmest of times, we can always count on our politicians to bring a little, nay, a lot of levity to life here. And elsewhere as well.

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Bloc Quebecois suggest Montreal store clerks ditch ‘Bonjour-Hi!’ for ‘Bonjour-Ho!’

MONTREAL – The Bloc Quebecois has offered a suggestion for Montreal store clerks accustomed to greeting customers with ‘Bonjour-Hi!’

The Bloc is suggesting the more festive, and less English, ‘Bonjour-Ho!’ Twitter erupted when the Bloc posted the suggestion, along with its campaign “2021: On touche du bois!”

“Montreal will also benefit from the ‘Bonjour-Ho!” campaign, which promotes the use of French,” the Bloc wrote.

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Free French courses for anglos coming soon, Skeete says

Quebec’s point man on English-speaking communities was reacting to a long-awaited report on consultations held in 2019.

Christopher Skeete, the provincial government’s point man on English-speaking communities, says he is confident the CAQ government will start offering free or low-cost French courses to non-immigrant English speakers across the province next fall.

Skeete made the comments to the Montreal Gazette on Saturday as he reacted to a long-awaited report on consultations held in the fall of 2019 by the Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers.

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Les esprits s’échauffent autour du français

La mairesse de Montréal prévoyait faire une déclaration consensuelle sur l’importance de la langue française pour Montréal.

Cette intervention s’est toutefois transformée en foire d’empoigne lorsque la conseillère municipale Chantal Rossi, élue de l’opposition, a tiré à boulets rouges sur le bilan de l’administration Plante en la matière. Elle lui a notamment reproché un discours prononcé en anglais il y a deux ans, avant de suggérer que la mairesse aurait manqué de respect envers la loi 101.

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« Les langues officielles, une priorité, pas un simple geste politique », dit O’Toole

Le gouvernement libéral a promis à plusieurs reprises de procéder à une modernisation de la Loi sur les langues officielles. Récemment, la rumeur d’un livre blanc sur l’avenir des langues officielles a suscité la crainte que le dépôt d’un projet de loi ne soit encore repoussé. La ministre des Langues officielles, Mélanie Joly, dit travailler sur le dossier, mais elle n’a pas encore donné d’échéancier. Il reste donc difficile de connaître les intentions du gouvernement libéral envers une loi qui n’a pas connu de refonte majeure depuis 1988.

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Official Languages Act Modernization – Francophones Disappointed as Year Ends With Missed Opportunity

As it becomes clear that 2020 will end without the federal government taking meaningful action to modernize the Official Languages Act, the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) du Canada – the national voice of Canada’s French-speaking minority communities – is sorely disappointed at this missed opportunity. The government’s failure to introduce a bill comes at the end of a year which has shown, more than ever, how serious the status of French as an official language of Canada is being eroded.

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