Trudeau pressé d’agir sur la loi 101

Les partis d’opposition aux Communes pressent le gouvernement Trudeau d’agir dès maintenant pour assujettir les entreprises à charte fédérale à la loi 101, dans la foulée de l’appui en ce sens de six ex-premiers ministres québécois.

Pierre Marc Johnson, Daniel Johnson, Lucien Bouchard, Jean Charest, Pauline Marois et Philippe Couillard ont exprimé leur soutien, mercredi, à ce que la Charte de la langue française s’applique à de telles entreprises en sol québécois, comme les banques et les compagnies de télécommunications.

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Opinion: Trudeau and Bill 101

How many think Abraham Lincoln, who freed the slaves, was a Democrat? How many think that Pierre Trudeau, who gave us a charter of rights, opposed Bill 101?

As we hear about Justin Trudeau’s new-found preoccupation with strengthening French in Quebec, many point out that his support for Bill 101 is a case of unlike father, unlike son. Well, as President-elect Joe Biden might say: here’s the deal. Visiting France in 1970, two years after his first election, and six years before Quebec elected its first separatist government, Pierre Trudeau stated: the day French and English are equal in Quebec is the day French is finished (“foutu”). When, in 1974, Liberal Premier Robert Bourassa’s Bill 22 made French the official language of Quebec for the first time, Trudeau’s sole objection was to the word “official”, because it embarrassed him in places like British Columbia, where he was hawking his wares under the federal Official Languages Act.

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Opinion: Bill 101 applying federally? Time for some constitutional common sense

If Quebec applied Bill 101 to federal entities it would exclude Quebec anglophones from services and opportunities and would be a slippery slope to a national unity crisis.

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Les anciens premiers ministres font bloc

Les six anciens premiers ministres québécois serrent les coudes avec les élus de l’Assemblée nationale dans leur tentative d’étendre la loi 101 aux entreprises de compétence fédérale au Québec, y voyant un moyen de défendre et de promouvoir la langue française. À l’initiative de l’ex-chef bloquiste Gilles Duceppe, Philippe Couillard, Pauline Marois, Jean Charest, Lucien Bouchard, Daniel Johnson et Pierre-Marc Johnson ont signé une déclaration dans laquelle ils manifestent leur « appui » à la motion « réaffirm[ant] que la protection de la langue française est essentielle et prioritaire en tout temps et que la Charte de la langue française doit s’appliquer aux entreprises de compétence fédérale au Québec » qui a été adoptée à l’unanimité par le Parlement québécois le 24 novembre dernier.

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Francophone MPs ‘feel some discrimination’ over translation issues, says Bloc Whip

Since hybrid committee meetings began on Sept. 23, 86 per cent of witness interventions have been in English, with 14 per cent in French, according to the House administration’s findings.

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Former Quebec premiers express support for extending Bill 101 to federal businesses

The open letter was signed by former Liberal leaders Daniel Johnson, Jean Charest and Philippe Couillard and their Parti Québécois counterparts Pierre-Marc Johnson, Lucien Bouchard and Pauline Marois.

Six former Quebec premiers have signed an open letter supporting a motion by the Legault government calling for a toughening of the enforcement of Bill 101 and extending the language law’s provisions to federally regulated businesses in the province.

Saying the public office they held “placed us at the heart of the promotion and the defence of the francophonie in America,” former Liberal premiers Daniel Johnson, Jean Charest and Philippe Couillard were joined by their Parti Québécois counterparts Pierre-Marc Johnson, Lucien Bouchard and Pauline Marois in expressing their support for the motion, which was adopted unanimously by the National Assembly on Nov. 24.

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Opinion: At stake in Bill 101 decision is the very concept of Canada

There is pressure on the Canadian government to subject federally chartered agencies and businesses to Bill 101. It should do no such thing.

In recent months there has been a campaign in Quebec, orchestrated by independentist parties and nationalist movements, and now joined by a bi-partisan group of former Quebec premiers, to induce the Canadian government to subject federally chartered agencies and businesses to Bill 101. These entities account for barely four per cent of the labour force, a minimal proportion. The campaign’s goal is to counter what is held to be a “decline of French” in Montreal that is allegedly raging in downtown businesses.

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Revising the Official Languages Act: Will History Repeat Itself?

Canada’s Official Languages Act was made law in 1969, was substantially amended in 1988 and is now overdue for an overhaul. As the issue of language rights re-emerged in the final weeks of 2020, it was obvious that many elements of the debate have changed since 1988, but, as Royal Military College professor Stéphanie Chouinard writes, the politics at all levels remain remarkably consistent.

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