Future of PQ language bill hazy

Posted By: Angelica Montgomery · 12/5/2012 5:03:00 PM

Although no opposition group in the National Assembly says it plans to vote against the Parti Quebecois' language bill, the Liberals and the CAQ are not making any endorsements.

The two main parties both list a number of reservations, and the PQ minority could be forced to make adjustments for its bill to pass.

CAQ will wait

François Legault says he'll listen to comments from the public next spring before deciding what parts of the legislation he would be willing to support.

"Right now, it's not a priority to table a new law regarding French," says Legault. "We think the priority should be to apply the new bill 101."

Legault says he's especially concerned about the law's impact on small businesses.

Red Flag

The Liberals say they are willing to collaborate, but have serious reservations.

"We're always acting in good faith," says language critic Marc Tanguay. "What is suggested raises a lot of red flags and we will be very very vigilant."

The Liberals share Legault's criticisms, and are concerned about a "political language police" created by this law, where the minister can name commissioners with the power to investigate.

They also say requiring a mastery of French to graduate from English schools and CEGEPs could be hard on newcomers.

photo of: Charter of the French Language minister Diane De Courcy

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