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OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: A MIXED RECORD

Anglo-Quebecers also reject Bill C-32, but on completely different grounds than the Bloc Québécois.

The asymmetrical approach of Bill C-32, which recognizes French as the more endangered of the country’s two official languages, is “a clear attack on the equality of Canada’s official languages,” according to the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN)

“Traditionally, the Official Languages Act gave life to constitutional official language rights. These rights largely define the relationship between Canadians and our federal government. The Act was founded on the principle that English and French are equal in law,” the QCGN said in a statement released earlier this week.

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Anglos, allophones ‘less proud’ to be Quebecers due to Bill 96: poll

A majority of non-francophones feel “less proud to be a Quebecer” as a result of the Legault government’s sweeping new language bill, according to a poll.

Nearly 80 per cent of anglophones and 63.5 per cent of allophones gave the above answer in response to the reinforcement of the Charter of the French Language under Bill 96, compared to just 13 per cent of francophones.

Anglophones and allophones feel differently than francophones about many aspects of the proposed legislation, according to a web panel conducted by Léger Marketing for the Quebec Community Groups Network and the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS).

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