More money, staff for the OQLF

Posted By: Angelica Montgomery · 3/30/2012 2:58:00 PM

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.

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  1. randy posted on 03/30/2012 09:39 PM
    Those sepertase are they not educated or they just don,t care do they relize quebec is 250 billon dollars in debt there the most indebted in the world there side by side with greece do they relize if quebec goes bankrupt canada takes over then the sepertase will have somthing to cry about.
  2. Drew posted on 03/30/2012 09:51 PM
    We need Inspectors for Senior Citizens Home
    Construction Inspectors

    Language Inspectors what a waste of the Tax Payer Money
  3. John Stles posted on 03/30/2012 10:52 PM
    Where are our rights. This is discrimination and racism on a grand scale. Why do i pay taxes, to be treated like this?.

    This certainly infringes on my rights and freedoms and nobody has brought that little morsel up yet. Charest is a two faced puke.
  4. Angelo posted on 04/02/2012 11:10 AM
    will they be wearing black and arm bands
  5. sam posted on 04/02/2012 11:42 AM
    What a joke.. and my tax dollars have to fund this usless organization? Why is this ok? Seriously we need people inspecting our bridges, our hospitals, our roads not the signs.. What a joke of a province this is. How is this ok? We should be able to take this to a vote among the public before they just get what they want. I am so ashamed. You know I can see why the students are protesting.. its decision like these ones that make my blood boil enough to do the same. There has to be something we can do.. How can anyone who lives here knowing the condition of our city be ok with it. i am not ok with it at all.
  6. Ina Menard posted on 04/02/2012 10:33 PM
    What a joke. They are going to hire 43 new inspectors to "protect" the french language, but yet they only have 2 inspectors to protect animals and don't intend to hire any more. They don't know where their priorities should lie.
  7. Julian posted on 04/03/2012 12:22 PM
    So glad I left Quebec 8 years ago. I tune into and laugh every day and show my new expatriate friends what goes on in the province I was born in.
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