Referendums over bilingual status?

Posted By: Angelica Montgomery · 2/18/2013 6:16:00 PM

The minister for the French Language has mentioned letting bilingual municipalities hold referendums in order to decide whether or not they keep their status.

Diane De Courcy brought up the option during a committee hearings. But, she did not say whether she's for or against this idea.

She says she had a talk with the official languages commissioner, Graham Fraser "(he) spoke about his worry, not as much about the intentions of the government, but especially about the sole use of percentages."

De Courcy says Fraser told her there were other options available.

The CAQ's critic, though, Nathalie Roy has her own idea: "I would like to ask you to think about the idea that the municipalities could decide for themselves," she says, possibly after a larger consultation.

"I imagine your talking about referendums or something like that," De Courcy says. She did not indicate whether or not she favours that option, but the minister does say that the issue is so sensitive that it is hard for municipalities to ask to have the status removed.


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  1. MTL Bilingue posted on 02/18/2013 10:00 PM
    Yes - give us a CITY WIDE referendum! We want the charter of Montreal representing reality, not someone's wishful thinking.
  2. LMAO posted on 02/19/2013 06:34 AM
    Typical dumb reply you would expect from these racists. Why not waste more money that you claim we don't have, while Quebecor's have third world health care and crumbling infra structures. How about leaving things alone which will cost you nothing and might even get you some respect.
  3. Mico posted on 02/19/2013 11:50 AM
    Is there a good chance that the cities would vote to remain bilingual?
    I think they would -which goes against this governments plan. Giving the people a democratic choice is not the PQ's style.
    1. Anne posted on 03/14/2013 06:11 PM
      @Mico Absulutely ! You know, i just don't get it ! whats the big deal about towns offering bilingual status ? if the citizens pay taxes , they are intitled to be respected and accomodated ! I mean , who takes notice weather their neighbour gets documents in English or french for that matter , most people that i know feel obliging towards their neighbours. Its so petty to be wanting another 'group" of people to be treated with indifference. In my whole life i have never even dreamed of an issue like this to be an "issue" . How inane ....
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