Language trial wraps up

Photo by Patrick Lejtenyi

A court case challenging Quebec's commercial sign laws ended today with final arguments about the vulnerability of the French language in Quebec.

Arguing that the language is not under threat, anglo rights activist and lawyer Brent Tyler said the current laws are unconstitutional.

For most of the seven day trial, both Tyler and the Quebec Attorney-General's lawyer argued over how imperilled French in Quebec really was.

Tyler said that contrary to what the government is arguing, French is thriving everywhere in the province except on the island of Montreal.

But he says that is due to young francophones leaving for the suburbs and immigrants settling in the city.

"We've put together evidence that shows that this idea that the French language is vulnerable is a myth," he told CJAD following final arguments. "It's a perception people have, but it's simply untrue."

A decision is expected in the fall, and Tyler admits an appeal is likely regardless of the outcome.

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  1. First up jack posted on 05/21/2014 07:13 PM
    We do not need the OQLF. Get rid of this disease. 26million can be better used on something else. Wake up Couillard.
  2. JohnH- posted on 05/21/2014 11:08 PM
    Yes, most people with half a brain agree that the French language is not under threat. The real problem is the young French speaking people that can't speak English. You graduate from university with a $60,000 loan and you can't get a job. Why? Because of the Quebec GHETTO mentality. The world doesn't begin and end at the Quebec border. If there are no job prospects within Quebec and you can't speak basic business English then what are your alternatives? As Premier Couillard said during the election what's wrong with being bilingual? And he was advised not to to mention this during the election. He was told if you bring up bilingualism he would lose the election. The sun would not rise. The earth would crumble beneath our feet. And the HAB'S would never win another cup. Well, it didn't happen, yet. Also, today when Premier Couillard opened the National Assembly he made yet another comment that will send all of us to the fire-stone of hell. He had the audacity to remind all the members of the National Assembly that it didn't matter what your political ideologies are, WE ARE ALL QUEBECOIS. You are not less a Quebecois because you are not a, SEPARATIST! What a novel idea! It's time to grow up, put on our big boy pants and sweep out the BOOGIE-MAN and join the real world. First up jack, I thing our Premier is a breath of fresh air.
  3. Dave posted on 05/23/2014 01:22 AM
    Sorry to burst your bubble, JohnH, but your new "Premier Breath Of Fresh Air" just ordered an appeal of a Quebec court decision striking down extended French requirements on signs.
    That is, the court said Quebec cannot demand that French-language phrases be added to signs of major retailers identifying the retailers' activities. But "Premier BOFA" didn't like the decision, so he's going to spend more taxpayer dollars fighting the decision all over again!
    So, howzabout putting on YOUR big-boy pants, and re-thinking your wrong-headed promotion of Liberal heroes who don't exist?
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