Bill 14 could have only months to live
There are strong hints that the Parti Quebecois' controversial language update, Bill 14, could end up getting killed off by the end of the year.
As she wrapped up the PQ's caucus retreat in the Gaspé region today, Premier Pauline Marois says negotiations with the opposition on changes to the law are 'difficult', but she also says she isn't willing to water it down any further in order to make it palatable to the Liberals and the CAQ.
The PQ needs the support of one of those parties to have Bill 14 passed. The CAQ allowed the legislation to pass second reading in the National Assembly this past spring, but they say they want significant changes to the law before they can give it its backing.
Marois added that if Bill 14 doesn't pass by the end of the fall session, she'll let it die.
Meanwhile, the premier insists her equally controversial charter of values wasn't created to purposefully drive a wedge between Quebec and Ottawa.
"We don't want to adopt a charter of values because we're against the government of Ottawa," she says. "We do that for us. We do that for the population of Quebec."
She insists the charter is designed to make it clear to newcomers to "the country of Quebec" what is considered acceptable for those looking to work with the Quebec government.