EXCLUSIVE: Most of PQ language bill will not pass

Posted By: Angelica Montgomery · 3/6/2013 5:00:00 AM

A leaked internal letter for the CAQ shows that the party will block the most controversial elements in the Parti Quebecois' language bill.

The CAQ wields the power to decide whether or not the bill will pass into law. The Liberals have already said they will vote against bill 14 in its entirety.

A letter that the CAQ is providing to its riding associations says large amounts if the legislation will have to go on the chopping block.

The form letter is meant to explain the party's position to those who write to their CAQ MNAs to inquire on the subject.

The party will officially unveil details at a press conference within a week -  before the bill goes to public hearings on Tuesday.

Municipal status, small business

The CAQ document says the party will oppose the move to revoke the bilingual status of municipalities if their Anglophone population drops below 50%.

"The revocation of bilingual status could be done upon the request of the municipal council," the letter says.

The party will also block the move to impose bill 101 on small businesses (those with less than 50 employees) . "For businesses with 26 employees or more, we are not in favour of coercive measures," says the document.

The letter also refers to the requirement that would force English CEGEPs to give preferential access to Anglophones: "We are against the restrictions imposed on Francophone students that would like to register at Anglophone CEGEPs."

What will CAQ support

The CAQ says it's willing to uphold measures to improve immigration and integrate newcomers, including heightening the level of French needed for those applying to immigrate to the province.

The CAQ will also support adding 'the right to live and work in French' to Quebec's charter of human rights and freedoms.

What's left?

The document says the CAQ will have a chance to further study the bill at committee hearings that start next week.

The party does not mention its position on the section that would grant certain limited powers of a public inquiry to the language minister, or anyone who she designates.

It does not refer to the new requirement for English high school and CEGEP students to show a mastery of the French language in order to graduate.

And, it does not touch on the bill's move to change the word "ethnic minorities" to "cultural communities."


Above all, the CAQ says, Quebecers want to be able to be served in French everywhere.

It says while the party wants to re-enforce the role and powers of the OQLF, the office should apply those rules "in an intelligent manner, with judgement, and with the flexibility required by the circumstances."

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  1. Chris Eustace posted on 03/06/2013 06:41 AM
    March 6, 2013

    For the second time :

    Compliments to CJAD for this Exclusive - " Most of the PQ language bill will not pass "

    The first was on Feb 4, 2013: " CAQ stands guard for army kids' in English school"

    Bravo to François Legault and the CAQ for standing on guard for all Quebecers - Anglophone, Allophone and Francophone

    CAQ : One more major concern needs to be addressed for a Ten on ten - ( 10/10)

    Do not allow the proposed move in Bill 14 to replace the term "ethnic minorities" with "cultural communities."

    Well done, CJAD.

    Chris Eustace
    (ret'd teacher)
    1. Le Québécois posted on 03/06/2013 06:53 PM
      @Chris Eustace Unfortunately nobody is going to vote for the CAQ next election. French people will see it as "too weak" with the french language and english people will prefer to vote for the liberals since the CAQ will always be "suspicious" in their minds.

      Bye bye CAQ
      It was fun while it lasted. :)
  2. Tony posted on 03/06/2013 08:11 AM
    I am a bilingual anglophone born in what is now Alma (Lac St Jean) QC. My wife and my famlies have lived in Quebec for 8 and 4 generations, respectively. What about the right of an anglophone customer to be served in English?
    1. Le Québécois posted on 03/06/2013 06:51 PM
      @Tony Can I be served in french in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary ?
  3. LMAO posted on 03/06/2013 08:18 AM
    Most is a good start but all would get maximum approval and maybe some support for the party. There is nothing in this waste of time bill that is going to do anything for Quebec or Quebecor's. Let's kill this bill and get on with solving the real issues that face Quebecor's. Its bad enough we have wasted 6 months already.
  4. Deborah posted on 03/06/2013 08:25 AM
    Great news and good work Angelic and CJAD. It is a start but at least they are listening to the public.
    1. Le Québécois posted on 03/06/2013 06:54 PM
      @Deborah "they are listening to the public."
      you mean to 125 angryphones...
  5. Michelle posted on 03/06/2013 08:28 AM
    They should do like the Liberals and turn down Bill 14 in it's entirety, their is nothing good about this bill it hurts everyone not just the Anglophones!

    To the CAQ: if you ever hope to hold power in this province someday you will do like the Liberals and vote it down completely not just pieces of it, and you will join the Liberals to take Marois out of office before she destroys this province even further than what it is. Otherwise I foresee this province being run once again by the liberals! because I for one will not vote for you ever and I know alot of Quebecor's feel the same way as I do!
    1. Charles posted on 03/06/2013 09:32 AM
      @Michelle IMO, this bill was always intended to fail. It's nothing more than a calculated PQ move for something even more insidious. The PQ will turn this bill-rejection into an even greater "us vs them" scenario which they think might pave the way to another (failed) referendum.

      The PQ has always been good with coming up with these "damned if you do, damned if you don't" political moves. Alas, the PQ knows just what to say to those terrified of the anglo apolcalpse. Fear is the toughtest thing to overcome. Sadly, large segments of the French community were (and continue to be) raised to sustain this fear, as well as the a belief that they're much better off without Anglos in their midst. It truly is sad.
    2. Le Québécois posted on 03/06/2013 07:04 PM
      @Michelle So they might as well not do anything for the english community at all because they will not get their vote.

      Or do exactly like the liberals to make sure to divide the federalist vote and put the PQ in power everytime.

      Nice try. :)
  6. Michelle posted on 03/06/2013 09:10 AM
    I guess this is a good start...

    However, this party, the CAQ, for some reason makes me VERY UNEASY.

    I for one, wish the whole Bill would be rejected.

    In so far as Bill 101, I was too young at the time to vote, I think that Bill has been the downfall of Quebec. That Bill should be thrown out.

    Then, we will see companies coming back, people, and most important HARMONEY.
    1. LMAO posted on 03/06/2013 02:14 PM
      @Michelle Bill 101 should go as it has no place in the modern world but that alone will not bring back harmony to Quebec. The PQ would have to be long gone before you would see people or businesses return. That is the sad truth behind the facts unfortunately although i wish your generation the best of luck. You are the ones that can drive the birth of a true free Quebec for all Quebecor's regardless of their heritage and language.
    2. Le Québécois posted on 03/06/2013 07:02 PM
      @Michelle French people being marginalized, folklorized and after a while totally assimilated = harmony ?

      weird logic.

      Law 101 actually kept linguistic peace (and some think, Canada together).
  7. Marek from LaSalle posted on 03/06/2013 11:24 AM
    Gotta like the CAQ for doing something. I like the part about the OQLF acting in an intelligent manner and with judgement.
    1. Le Québécois posted on 03/06/2013 07:00 PM
      @Marek from LaSalle for angryphones intelligent manner = OQLF doing nothing at all
  8. Paul André Miette posted on 03/06/2013 11:32 AM
    I agree with the CAQ's common sense on the language issue. I am a francophone who made the choice to get my university education in English. Our children are also bilingual as they attended kindergarten school in both official languages. What a good start! So...I am comfortable with French school, but let's keep the possibility of chosing either language at kindergarten and college,
  9. McCrea G. posted on 03/06/2013 11:41 AM
    The CAQ simply wants to attract English voters and replace the liberals, great way to divide the anglophone vote and create a backlash from the french Quebecers who will then massively vote for Québec's independence at the next referendum,
  10. jonico posted on 03/06/2013 01:15 PM
    One point: on last statement.
    It says while the party wants to re-enforce the role and powers of the OQLF, the office should apply those rules "in an intelligent manner, with judgement, and with the flexibility required by the circumstances."
    Are they capable of having good intelligent judgment? They haven't shown it lately.
  11. Murray posted on 03/06/2013 09:58 PM
    Meanwhile it is time to bring the OQLF to their knees and that can be done if people Google: End the OQLF and actually do something.
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