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Bernard Landry wants French mandatory for immigrant CEGEP students

Former premier wades back into political debate


 

Former péquiste premier Bernard Landry has jumped into the headlines once again–and, once again, created a potential nightmare for the party he once led. Reacting to a recent La Presse story reporting that Allophones now outnumber Francophones in Quebec public schools, Landry said the government should make French mandatory for immigrant CEGEP students. A favourite of the PQ fringes for decades, Landry himself didn’t implement such a policy when he was premier; doing so, after all, would collapse the PQ’s already-shaky support within immigrant communities–the very ones PQ leader Pauline Marois is trying to woo.

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Bernard Landry wants French mandatory for immigrant CEGEP students

  1. "[…] doing so, after all, would collapse the PQ's already-shaky support within immigrant communities–the very ones PQ leader Pauline Marois is trying to woo."

    Which is why I hope he screams louder.

  2. Would that be the same woo-able immigrant communities denied the choice of English or French public elementary and high schools for their children? Any reason the CEGEP denial-of-choice should make support "collapse" when pre-collegial shoehorning has not?

  3. It might be unfortunate that we have to legislate on the language public primary and secondary schools but Quebecers have voted for that and it is the law of the land.

    That being said, I don’t think it is necessary to extend these restrictions to CEGEP. If a 16-or-17-year old teen did have not learn French at High school in Montreal, that person is lost or will never learn it. I agree Landry did not push it when he was in power because that doesn’t make any sense. CEGEP students are soon-to-be adults, they should be able to choose.

    Regards

    Christian Martel
    ex-Montrealer, now in Oxford, UK.

  4. Immigrant CEGEP students only exist because Quebec has a say in immigration levels. Quebec will have to make French mandatory because no immigrant is going to bother learning French. Overwhelmingly English is the language of business, science and art in Canada. French has been dying a slow death in Canada for the past 100 years, from over 40% to less than 25%. By 2050 it will be less than 15%. French is only slightly more useful than Latin in today's world.

    • French is a dying language, along with French traditions and the culture of Quebec. The Government should remove French as the second language and introduce Mandarin as our second language because of the 40%+ of the population being Mandarin Chinese, soon to match and outnumber English speakers. The future of Canada is Chinese, not English/Caucasian.

  5. You always here the quebec nationalists claim that minorities have to be assimilated so then by their logic the rest of north america should work harder to assimilate the french.

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