Premier François Legault has written a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, touting the deserves of his authorities’s proposal to bolster language legal guidelines in Quebec.
Legault posted the letter on Fb Saturday, in a submit addressed to his supporters.
“As premier of Quebec, my first responsibility, my very first responsibility, is to guard our language,” Legault wrote.
On Thursday, the province tabled Invoice 96, a wide-ranging piece of laws that might develop into the province’s most stringent language legislation since Invoice 101 handed in 1977.
It may have critical ramifications on companies, courts, training and immigration.
If adopted, Invoice 96 will make French the one required language within the office, placing the onus on some companies to clarify why their workers want to talk English, or some other language.
It could additionally cap the variety of college students in English CEGEPs, whereas giving precedence entry to anglophone college students.
In a daring transfer, the province can also be in search of to amend the Canadian Structure, including clauses saying Quebec is a nation and that its official and customary language is French.
The CAQ authorities has pre-emptively invoked the however clause of the Canadian Constitution of Rights and Freedoms to guard it from authorized challenges. The clause was additionally used when the province’s non secular symbols legislation was handed.
Simon Jolin-Barrette, the minister accountable for the French language, is in control of drafting reforms to Invoice 101. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press)
Legault’s letter stops wanting asking the prime minister about not getting concerned in any authorized challenges — a warning he had issued when it got here to the non secular symbols legislation, also called Invoice 21.
As an alternative, the premier is asking Trudeau to help the CAQ authorities’s efforts to guard the French Language in Quebec.
“Mr. Prime Minister, I’m writing to you to tell you that my authorities is on the brink of make an essential transfer with the intention to guarantee the way forward for the French Language in Quebec,” Legault wrote to Trudeau.
“We now have to face the information: regardless of the measures adopted in latest a long time, the decline of French continues. A powerful gesture is required to reverse this pattern.”
Regardless of the very fact the CAQ is invoking the however clause for Invoice 96, Legault assured Trudeau that the legislation doesn’t violate any elementary rights.
“To guarantee the ample safety of the French language, the invoice depends on each software at Quebec‘s disposal, together with the however clause,” the premier wrote. “The invoice respects the rights and establishments of Quebec‘s English-speaking group.”
Legault ended his letter inviting Trudeau to achieve out to him ought to he have any questions relating to the invoice.
Because it was tabled, the federal authorities has been tightlipped about its place.
“We’re conscious of the invoice tabled by the Authorities of Quebec and can research its contents rigorously,” Minister of Financial Growth and Official Languages Mélanie Joly stated in a press release on Thursday.
“As we said in our reform doc final February, the safety and promotion of French is a precedence for our authorities.