‘Things must change in Quebec,’ says Legault ahead of inaugural speech

With Quebec now officially into an election year, Premier François Legault is set to deliver a new inaugural message Tuesday to the National Assembly, which he hopes will signal a fresh start for his government.

Launching a fresh session is useful for Legault. Any bills remaining on the order paper in the previous session automatically die, allowing him to cherry-pick the ones he wants to bring back and adopt. That will certainly include Bill 96, overhauling the Charter of the French Language .

On Monday, the Quebec Community Groups Network again urged the government to withdraw the bill and start over.

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Bill 96 is profoundly flawed and must be withdrawn

As the Quebec Government prepares for the start of a new session tomorrow, we urge it once again to take a step back and bring Quebecers together to identify challenges, to separate myths from realities and, most importantly, to build a consensus on the best path forward to promote French in Quebec.

If, on the other hand, the government remains determined to move forward with Bill 96, we urge it to address the concerns we raised in our brief and which we are pleased to note have been echoed and underscored by many others.

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Bill 96 and Language Policy // Le projet de loi 96 et la politique linguistique

A bilingual roundtable sponsored by the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada addresses some of the constitutional, legal, and political issues raised by Bill 96. It is moderated by Dean Robert Leckey of McGill University’s Faculty of Law. Panelists include Yves Boisvert of La Presse; lawyers Pierre Foucher (Université d’Ottawa), Julius Grey (Grey Casgrain), and QCGN legal counsel Marion Sandilands (Conway Litigation); as well as Richard Kistabish, Global Task Force for Making a Decade of Action for Indigenous Languages for UNESCO.

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Protecting languages in Quebec

(Video) “Language is a reflection of one’s culture and identity. No language should be suppressed,” QCGN Board member Eva Ludvig tell City News.

Ludvig and Marion Delaronde, artistic director at the Kanien’kehà:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Centre, reflect on Bill 96, Quebec’s proposed language legislation that would curb the use of languages other than French.

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Bill 96: a law 101 that is both “tough” and moderate

Public hearings on the reform of Bill 101 ended on Thursday, after some 50 groups were heard over a three-week period. The testimony provided a portrait of fundamental legislative changes, in addition to raising some important fears, but Bill 96 did not raise the debates of yesteryear.

“Like Bill 21, it reshapes Quebec law and society to unequivocally create a group of“ privileged ”and a group of“ foreigners ”,” writes the QCGN in its brief.

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Quebec City public hearings concerning Bill 96 wrap up amid controversy

Public hearings in Quebec City on Bill 96 have wrapped up.

Thirty-nine presentations were made over a nine-day period starting Sept. 23.

Many people support the proposed legislation that will upgrade Quebec’s language law, Bill 101, but some Anglophone groups have major concerns fearing the bill will weaken English services in health care, the judiciary system and that it will erode access to English-speaking CEGEPS for many Francophones.

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Townshippers’ Association challenges the provincial government at Bill 96 hearings

With an opportunity to speak at the Bill 96 hearings on Wednesday, the Townshippers’ Association reiterated its support for strengthening and protecting the French language, but not through the Quebec government’s proposed new language law.

Gerald Cutting, president of the association, told the legislative committee in attendance that the bill is challenging the basic rights of the English population in a number of areas. He proposed going back to the drawing board with a more thorough review.

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Bill 96 hearings: ‘Our backs are against the wall,’ Townshippers say

Gerald Cutting’s words were blunt and, as he said, reflect the thoughts of many English-speaking Quebecers staring down the prospect of a tough new language law.

“Can we work together to find solutions that give us the impression this bill doesn’t target us,” the soft-spoken 73-year-old president of the Townshippers’ Association told the legislative committee studying Bill 96 overhauling the Charter of the French Language Wednesday.

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LEARN steps up with the Quebec Online Alliance

LEARN (Leading English Education and Resource Network) has organized and launched the Quebec Online Alliance (QOA), marking the first time seven English school boards have come together to offer a unified online service to students who have been granted a medical exemption for the 2021-22 school year.

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Bill 96 should be scrapped ‘in its entirety,’ says Quebec Community Groups Network

In a memorandum presented last week to the National Assembly committee working on the provincial government’s Bill 96 to strengthen Quebec’s language rules, the Quebec Community Groups Network said that even though the French language in Quebec “can and should be protected,” Bill 96 is not the way to go about it.

“Bill 96 is deeply problematic,” said QCGN president Marlene Jennings, reading from the conclusion of the English-language community lobby group’s statement.

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