Editorial: Take the PQ down over Bill 14

Marc Lalonde
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A coalition government, or an election, would serve locals better


As the Bill 14 saga staggers to its inevitable conclusion – which is the proposed law going the way of the dodo, either by way of the government being dumped in a non-confidence motion or by the proposed strengthening of the French Language Charter being shelved completely, after Coalition Avenir Quebec leader Francois Legault said he would send the bill for further study, and further outlines his party's opposition to some rather large elements of the law, including  cities' bilingual designation, the rights of military children whose parents have been transferred to Quebec and the extension of Bill 101 to medium-sized businesses with between 26 and 49 employees. Legault rightly said that putting further restrictions on businesses would discourage entrepreneurship, but oddly, made no mention of the clause that would change the recognition of minority communities in the province from minorities, which have rights, to 'cultural communities,' who do not have rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. A joint government could also be an option, with new Liberal leader Phillippe Cpouillard sitting in the Premier's chair and Legault potentially landing in the Finance Minister's role as a de facto vice-premier. Such a coalition could do a better job looking after provincial interests than the PQ's minority government has done. They can't do any worse, it seems.

Organizations: PQ, French Language Charter, Canadian Charter Rights

Geographic location: Quebec

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