The National Assembly heard from Quebec’s linguistic minority groups on Tuesday afternoon during hearings on the proposed reform of the Charter of the French language.
The problem with Bill 96 is fundamental, says the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).
“The Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms was undoubtedly the jewel of the Quiet Revolution,” said QCGN president Marlene Jennings.
“Premier René Lévesque was so proud of the 1983 version that he mailed a copy to every household. “
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Jennings said the notwithstanding clause, written as a preventive measure in the French language reform bill, means the province’s bill of rights is replaced.
“I want to reassure the English-speaking community,” said the Minister.
A rare occurrence during the hearings of the National Assembly, the Minister of the French language Simon Jolin-Barrette addressed the QCGN in English.
“This bill is for inclusion, to include all Quebecers in Quebec, that everyone be part of society,” said Jolin-Barrette.
“This is the first time that we have heard an official representative of this government make such a statement,” Jennings said in a virtual press conference after his testimony.
“I was delighted,” she says.
However, Jennings has not held back his criticism of other aspects of the bill and still says it must be withdrawn.
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The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec-Labrador told the minister that their languages should also be protected. He indicated that many First Nations students experience difficulty or drop out of school due to French language credit requirements.
Faced with concern over the decline of French in the province, the head of Gesgapegiag, John Martin, told Minister Jolin-Barrette: “You should be much more understanding of our situation.
The Chief said the Assembly of First Nations has already come up with solutions and encouraged the Minister to read them carefully.
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