Official languages: a Liberal elected official denounces the “smoke show” of his colleagues

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Official languages: an elected Liberal denounces the “smoke show” of his colleagues

Ontario MP Francis Drouin roundly criticizes the Liberals in West Montreal.

Liberal MP Francis Drouin is of the opinion that the Anglo-Montreal MPs of his party should stop blowing the whistle on the issue of official languages ​​in Canada.

The divide over the long-awaited reform of Canada's Official Languages ​​Act is increasingly palpable within Justin Trudeau's caucus.

The insistence of Liberal MPs from West Montreal to publicly slam Bill C-13, which came from their own government, is causing discontent in their own political party .

The smoke show led by some of my colleagues is shameful, Franco-Ontarian MP Francis Drouin tweeted Tuesday morning. English-speaking Montreal, he argues, does not have a monopoly on Canada's language policy.

Bill C-13 aims to better protect the place of French in Canada, the use of the language of Molière being, by all indicators, on its decline from; across the country. The text was tabled in March 2022 by Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor.

However, the legislative document evokes in a few places the Quebec Charter of the French language, a reference which has no place in a federal text, according to the member for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce-Westmount, Marc Garneau, and his allies, such as Anthony Housefather, who represents the riding of Mount Royal in Ottawa.

These days are increasing their appearances before the Standing Committee on Official Languages ​​in Ottawa , hoping to have C-13 amended, effectively challenging a government bill supported by all opposition parties.

Last Friday, the Liberal MP for Saint-Laurent, Emmanuella Lambropoulos, – who has already questioned the decline of French in Quebec before this same committee, of which she was once a part – also harshly criticized Bill 96 by illustrating her remarks of such a shocking and implausible example.

She said that an elder in her constituency, whom she did not name, had recently been denied the right to be served in English at the doctor's because of Quebec's law on French as a common language, whereas it provides for an exception specifically for health care.

This anecdote raised eyebrows among the members of the committee… as well as some liberal colleagues. Misinformation has no place in this debate, tweeted Francis Douin in particular on Tuesday.

The main interested party seemed to regret nothing, writing on Facebook on Monday that she was always happy to stand up for [her] constituents.

The Liberals walked on eggshells when they arrived in the Commons on Tuesday.

As a government, we have always put forward a recognition that not only must we protect both official languages ​​across the country, [but that we must] particularly protect French, and particularly and even in Quebec, declared Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

C' x27;is why we have been working with the Quebec government for a long time, he continued. We are moving forward with Bill C-13, which will not only protect minority language communities across the country, but will strengthen French in Quebec as well.

His lieutenant in Quebec, Pablo Rodriguez, recognized for his part that the debate arouses many passions. There are people who have concerns about the bill, and that's fine, but ultimately it's the government's project, he said.