New PQ bill to target English in workplace

Posted By: Angelica Montgomery · 11/27/2012 3:49:00 PM

The Parti Quebecois says the latest report from the Office Quebecoise de la Langue Française validates its plan to crack down on the language of the workplace.

"We seem to be sliding when it comes to English and bilingualism in the workplace," says Diane De Courcy, the minister responsible for the Charter of the French language.

Today's study says that while French has made great gains in the workplace since the 1970s, its use has experienced a slight decline since 1989.

The report notes that the presence of French is weakest in certain industries: IT, scientific research, the train and airline sectors, finance and insurance, and retail.

new Bill 101 coming soon

De Courcy  says she will deal with the phenomenon in new legislation, likely to be tabled next week.

"It's very clear that the language of work will be dealt with in this bill," she says.

The bill's contents are not yet public, but the PQ had promised during the election campaign to impose bill 101 on small businesses.

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