Protecting French in the Outaouais: A Bill 101 with More Bite? | Elections Quebec 2022

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Protecting the French in the Outaouais: a law 101 with more bite? | Élections Québec 2022

The Ottawa River with Ottawa on one side and Gatineau on the other.

The Parti Québécois promises to strengthen Bill 101 if it comes to power. He believes that there is a “linguistic emergency” in Quebec and more particularly in the Outaouais.

We have to worry about French in the Outaouais, says Camille Pellerin-Forget, candidate in Hull for the Parti Québécois, from the outset, specifying that French has declined by 2.4% in the region since 2016.

She is concerned that the City of Gatineau requires bilingualism as a hiring criterion, while the municipality does not have the status of a bilingual city and has French as the sole official language.

In the Outaouais, we want to please people coming from Ontario who think that the Outaouais is an extension of Ontario, says the candidate, who deplores being served in English in establishments in the Plateau sector. in Gatineau. It's surprising and shocking.

Parti Québécois candidate in Hull, Camille Pellerin -Forget (archives)

His party wants to reform Bill 101 to include college institutions, as well as federally chartered businesses, while protecting Quebec's English-speaking minorities.

Camille Pellerin-Forget explains that this would be an effective way to strengthen Bill 101, since she judges that the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) has not delivered on the matter.

Law 96 does not really respond to the decline of French, believes the candidate, specifying that certain elements of Law 96 are unjustified and that the law itself is not robust enough.

Mathieu Lévesque, CAQ candidate in Chapleau, concedes that we must be vigilant with the situation of French in the region.

He nevertheless assures that his government has acted by adopting Law 96: We adopted the most important reform of French since Law 101 in the 1970s.

Chapleau incumbent Mathieu Lévesque (archives)

“Bill 96 reinforces the status of French in Quebec and it also applies in the Outaouais. »

— Mathieu Lévesque, CAQ candidate in Chapleau

Mr. Lévesque explains that Bill 96 came to fill certain gaps, such as subjecting certain companies to the Charter of the French language.

We are very confident that we will be able to give a very good move to ensure that we speak French in the decades to come in Quebec, says the incumbent.

No representative of the Liberal Party of Quebec or Quebec solidaire was not available to respond to interview requests from Radio-Canada at the time of publishing the text.

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