Mike Le Couteur of Global News reports on broad concerns over new measures proposed under Bill 96. “What it actually does is eliminate our individual rights and freedoms, and not just for English speakers (but) for all Quebecers,” says Marlene Jennings, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network. Some, including former Parti Québécois language minister Louise Beaudoin, say the bill doesn’t go far enough.
Speakers at the Quebec Community Groups Network Bill 96 hearing painted a grim picture of what life for English-speakers in Quebec could look like under the sweeping language reform.
On Sept. 17, during the final of five virtual hearings organized by QCGN that took place earlier this month, Lord Reading Law Society human rights chair Frank Schlesinger said the bill as presented creates a hierarchy based on language, would allow the government to search and seize documents in businesses without a warrant, and force businesses with five or less employees to report how many employees can’t speak French.
“Bill 96 provisions extend far beyond language rights,” he said.
Montreal, September 21, 2021 – Canadians have voted, and the results from the 44th federal election
are in! The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) wishes to thank all candidates, political parties,
and volunteers for the work they put into the election, and those who took the time to vote.
“We extend our congratulations to the Liberal Party of Canada, which will form the next minority
government, and look forward to continuing its work with all Parliamentarians to enhance the vitality of
Canada’s English linguistic minority communities and protect and promote the core national value of
linguistic duality,” said QCGN President Marlene Jennings.
What do the federal election results mean to Quebecers? QCGN President Marlene Jennings joins Global’s Laura Casella with her reaction on the latest results.
Today marks the start of hearings of the National Assembly Committee on Culture and Education on Bill 96, An Act Respecting French, the Official and Common Language of Québec. This represents a critical part of our democratic process even though regrettably only a very limited number of Quebecers have been asked to share their views on what is the greatest overhaul to Quebec’s legal order since the Quiet Revolution.
Kevin Shaar, vice-President of the QCGN, delivers the closing remarks on the final day of the QCGN’s Public Hearings on Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec.
As Canadians head to the polls Monday, English-speaking Quebecers are confronted with an unprecedented set of proposed violations of our fundamental rights and freedoms. Unfortunately, few candidates and none of the main political parties have pledged to defend our community from these recent attacks – or to safeguard Canada’s linguistic duality.
“If this bill goes through, he is implicated in the number of deaths that rise, because he is forewarned.”