The Guardian

Quebec moves to protect French language and restrict use of English

Quebec’s government has successfully passed sweeping French language protections that critics warn will reshape all aspects of public life.

“Bill 96 is the most significant derogation of human rights in the history of Quebec and Canada,” Marlene Jennings, head of the Quebec Community Groups Network, which promotes the rights of English-speakers in the province, said in a statement.

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Politico

Ça va trop loin, or not far enough? Quebec passes controversial new law to ‘promote and enhance’ French

The tug-of-war over Bill 96, which was approved Tuesday, pitted the majority government and politicians who declared the French language’s viability was at stake against advocates who warned the law could weaken civil liberties in Canada’s second most populous province.

“Bill 96 will make it virtually impossible for someone to receive quality health and social services in English,” Marlene Jennings, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, an advocacy organization for English speakers in the province, told POLITICO ahead of the vote. “It’s going to have a negative drag across the board.”

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Adoption of Bill 96 means ‘it’s a sad day for Quebec,’ lawyer Grey says

There will be legal challenges and a public pressure campaign against Bill 96, which was voted into law Tuesday afternoon.

The Quebec Community Groups Network has vowed to support any fight against the law, and plans to mount a public awareness campaign, starting with a protest in Montreal set for Thursday evening.

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Language law Bill 96 adopted, promising sweeping changes for Quebec

Bill 96, the provincial government’s controversial legislation aimed at protecting the French language in Quebec, has been adopted in the National Assembly.

“It’s a sad day. I think it’s a sad day for all of Quebec,” said QCGN director Sylvia Martin-Laforge.

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Quebec legislature adopts Bill 96 language law despite bitter opposition

The Quebec government has secured the largest expansion of its language laws in more than 40 years, imposing new rules to reinforce the use of French in the public service, education and business despite bitter opposition from the province’s English-speaking minority.

“The mood now in the English-speaking community is quite bleak,” said Joan Fraser, a former senator and Montreal Gazette editor who now sits on the board of the Quebec Community Groups Network, an anglo advocacy group.

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Legal challenge against Bill 96 coming, Montreal lawyer says

The Quebec Community Groups Network has criticized Bill 96 for many reasons, in part for infringing on citizens’ privacy rights, greatly reducing the ability to receive public services in English and for issuing fines for speaking languages other than French at work.

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CityNews

Will Bill 96 affect how English-speakers in the province receive health care?

Bill 96 – according to the Quebec government – is a moderate reform that will improve protection for French-language while preserving English services. But critics say the bill will limit access to health care and more.

“Little exemption appears to only apply if someone’s life is in imminent danger of death,” said Marlene Jennings, president of Quebec Community Groups Network.

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Les craintes de la réforme de la Charte de la langue française

“Premier Legault, can you hear us now?” said QCGN President Marlene Jennings during the May 14 protest against Bill 96.

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No ‘hidden agenda’ with Bill 96, Quebec’s language minister says

The minister responsible for the French language says the Legault government has no “hidden agenda” with Bill 96, and insists the status quo will continue for the English-speaking and Indigenous communities when accessing health and social services.

Critics including the Quebec Community Groups Network have said that under Bill 96, out of 1.1 million residents who feel more comfortable receiving health care in English, 300,000 to 500,000 will no longer be eligible.

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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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