As of press time, an online petition on the National Assembly's website targeting the Parti Quebecois government's proposed strengthening of the French Language Charter boasted over 7,000 signatures and was climbing by the minute. Some of the bill's elements are big – calling for municipalities with less than 50 per cent of the population counting English as their mother tongue could lose their bilingual status (including officially bilingual Pierrefonds-Roxboro, the only officially bilingual borough in Montreal) – and some small, like removal of the exemption that allowed the children of Canadian Forces troops stationed in Quebec to attend English school – but most, if not all of the elements in the bill appear to be mean-spirited attempts at restricting human rights guaranteed to minorities under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and which could be seen by many – including us – as human-rights violations. The petition is available on the National Assembly's site at www.assnat.qc.ca/en/exprimez-votre-opinion/petition/Petition-3559/index.html
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- Joan White
- - March 13, 2013 at 11:04:06
How do I sign the Petition against Bill 14?
- Randy Davies
- - March 12, 2013 at 14:17:15
Isn't it time the English speaking population of Québec stand up against this alarming Bill 14? I'm half French and English born in Montréal and deserve to be treated with respect! Enough of this nonsense.