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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  1. John Wilson posted on 11/27/2012 04:15 PM
    Retards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! F'n retards
  2. jonathan posted on 11/27/2012 04:24 PM
    Hmmmmm . . . it's going to be quite annoying having an employee of the OLF behind me all day at work in order that I speak French. Oh well it doesn't matter since I'm trilingual. I'm glad I learned French in school but bad for those students not being obliged to learn English in Quebec.
  3. Joseph posted on 11/27/2012 04:33 PM
    Same old BS, nothing new with these clowns PQ. They should come of age and learn that we live in a big world, not like their small domain with backward laws that are outdated and have no place in this modern world we are part of.
  4. Declan Hughes posted on 11/27/2012 04:38 PM
    People in Montreal especially Francophones are known to drop English words and indeed half sentences in the middle of their daily discourse. This language which is unique to the city of Montreal has become known as Franglais. It's one of the things which makes Montreal special as it effectively deals with the language issue in a practical and respectful way. A conversation held in Franglasi makes it more inclusive. In light of this and the fact that Montreal is different from the rest of Quebec , is it becoming time to consider Montreal seceding from Quebec?
  5. Anthony posted on 11/27/2012 07:13 PM
    It is not only English in the work place. I work at a Large company, English is the 4th most popular language in the company. 2 other languages then French then English

    You open up your borders to immigrants from other countries and then you blame the English for all your problems
  6. betts posted on 11/27/2012 07:50 PM
    I think any business that is targeted by the OLF and threatened with a fine, should actually think twice before paying that fine. If a bilingual sign or anything else that contains both English and French equally is illegal, then how can they accept bilingual money to pay that fine. This should be taken to the courts and challenged.
    No one should give up to these racist demands anymore.
    1. Soren posted on 11/28/2012 08:02 AM
      @betts In what way are the demands racist?

      language isn't race specific
      and they're not asking any one race to speak French - they're asking all

      This may be backward and foolish and parochial - but it's not racist
  7. Alan Munroe posted on 11/27/2012 08:12 PM
    Does that mean I have to throw out my printers, voice recognition tools and other devices?
    Because you know they all speak to me in English and I view them as employee replacements.
    I am a virtual sales exec /bizdev mercenary /piranha class telemarketer. I do it world wide so find this language stuff all trivial pursuit like.
    Besides I've got a good space in this province. I've become like a Anglo doorman for a couple of hot (French speaking) companies proliferating in the USA. So if the PQ wants to further isolate the population I say bring it on, feed me the business baby.
  8. Genevieve posted on 11/27/2012 09:31 PM
    Hire only nine employees. All other workers should be sub-contractors. Have them invoice you every two weeks for their services. They cannot tell freelancers what language to work in. :)
  9. TBS posted on 11/27/2012 11:37 PM
    New Bill 102 coming from Canada. French will not be tollerated in companies with 1 or more employees. If caught speaking french they will be deported back to Quebec and banned from travelling in Canada. Hey PQ you can give it but can you take it? Get a life and let my people go!!!!!!!
  10. Alex posted on 11/28/2012 12:19 AM
    "The report notes that the presence of French is weakest in certain industries: IT, scientific research, the train and airline sectors..."

    Of course! Because God forbid a traveler should speak something other than French or that some scientist would have the audacity to cure Cancer in English!
  11. Jon posted on 11/28/2012 01:27 AM
    This language issue is a red herring issue that the PQ uses to inflame nationalist passions as well as hoping to further its argument of differences between Quebec and the ROC and the need for separation.

    Hopefully the opposing parties will argue (rightfully) that the laws already in place (if enforced) are more than enough to preserve the "endangered" French language ...

    Both parties had promised not to reopen the linguistic social contract that (while everyone is not happy with) seems to be finding a balance within most of Quebec.
  12. Doug posted on 11/28/2012 08:30 AM
    How can she blame "English" for limiting people's rights and it not be a hate crime.People are responcible for their actions not their language.If "people in athority" are going to limit righs they should be honest and say it's because they don't trust individuals to do what is best for a language.
  13. Carol posted on 11/28/2012 12:16 PM
    And the descrimination continues.
  14. Barry posted on 11/28/2012 04:52 PM
    Were all the copies of the book 'Being a Politician for DUMMIES' sold in french only? It seems that they were.
    I can't wait for anyone to tell ME I have to speak french only at the workplace. Make Me! They will have to LOCK ME UP! Is there enough room in jail for me and those ready to go with me? HEADLINE at ABC NEWS: Quebec locks up 50000 people for speaking English.
    Next Story; Quebec government outlaws and burns English books and passes a ruling for the English to wear a STAR on their clothes with an E in the middle to facilitate us to the trains waiting for us.
  15. Rudolph S posted on 12/01/2012 10:03 AM
    French is weakest in industries like IT, scientific research, finance etc. Well Madame De Courcy ,... for you it is sad, that french is not that much represented where brains are at work...
  16. Elyse posted on 12/02/2012 05:32 PM
    About 6 years ago, I go in trouble at my work for ''speaking too much English'' and I was reminded that we are in quebec and that I must speak French at work.. I had spoken English with a coworker during our break because she had asked me to help her practice her english..the other time I spoke english was again during my break while on private phone conversations with my husband...I guess that it drove my boss crazy that he couldnt understand what I said.. a few days after this "warning" I handed in my resignation letter which I wrote in employer was a very well known retirement home..who also advertise in English.. what a bunch of hypocrites..
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