More money, staff for the OQLF
The Office de la Langue Francaise will add 43 new people to its workforce, and gain an extra 400 thousand dollars to its budget.
"Certainly, absolutely agents (inspectors) must be added," said minister Christine St-Pierre when she made the announcement this morning, though she says she does not know how many of the new employees will play that role.
Last fall, the OQLF got a special exception to the provincial hiring freeze in order to replace 26 workers who had left vacant positions. This new wave of new hires will also fill spots that have been left empty, and means the Office will be able to hire 69 people in a six-month period. Nearly all other provincial bodies are subject to a hiring ban.
"The budget (of the OQLF) has also been increased this year, despite the situation that the government is in. We want to acheive a balanced budget," the minister says.
But the move is unlikely to ease the pressure on the Liberals to crack-down with a new language policy. Yves-François Blanchet, the Parti Quebecois' language critic, says he's far from satisfied.
"If the only measure she is taking is replace people who are leaving, it is not an improvement in the resources that they have," he says.