Justin Trudeau comes out swinging against PQ language plan - Macleans.ca

Justin Trudeau comes out swinging against PQ language plan


QUEBEC – Justin Trudeau has pressed one of the hottest issue buttons in Quebec, saying there’s no need to toughen the province’s language laws.

During a visit to Quebec City, the Liberal leadership candidate was asked by reporters about plans by the new Parti Quebecois provincial government to create a new Bill 101. The government calls the matter urgent, following census data that suggests a decline in francophones’ demographic weight.

Trudeau’s response: the PQ’s language policy is unnecessary and counter-productive.

His remarks come as a new poll suggested a Trudeau-led Liberal resurgence in Quebec, a province the party once dominated under his father.

His opinion on language also echoes the position of his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who brought official bilingualism to Canada and criticized the French-only policies of the PQ.

The younger Trudeau says adding teeth to Quebec’s Charter of the French Language risks reigniting old battles.

The new Parti Quebecois government has vowed to strengthen the law, saying it needs to protect the French language and culture. It campaigned on a promise to extend the law to junior colleges and smaller businesses. In the wake of this week’s census data, it calls the matter urgent.

But Trudeau isn’t alarmed by new figures suggesting a relative decline of French in Canada and on the island of Montreal, saying it is the result of demographics and a lower birthrate.

He says hardening the language law would only punish francophones who want their children to be familiar with English, which he described as the international language of business.

Trudeau, a Montreal-area MP, made the remarks as he made a swing through Quebec City to promote his candidacy.

He arrived as a new CROP poll published by Montreal La Presse indicated he could pass the NDP in popular support in the province.

A Justin Trudeau-led federal Liberal party got the support of 36 per cent of the 1,000 respondents between Oct. 17 to 22.

The NDP, which now holds most of Quebec’s seats, clocks in at 30 percentage points, followed by the Bloc Quebecois at 19 percentage points, the Conservatives at 11 and the Greens at three per cent.


Justin Trudeau comes out swinging against PQ language plan

  1. I’m glad to see he’s able to make a stand on important issues. And in this case, the right one. Seems like leadership qualities, actually.

  2. “He says hardening the language law would only punish francophones …”

    Why isn’t he saying that hardening the language law would only further punish anglophones and allophones?

    • Because it isn’t true. The language law applies to everyone. If you’re French you don’t have more right to post an English-only sign than anglos or allophones.

      As a parent of young children, Mr. Trudeau is aware that only anglos under the Canada Clause have the right to choose the language of education of their children. French-speaking Québécois whose parents were educated in French don’t have the right to choose the language of education for their children : they must go to French school, same for immigrants. French-speaking Canadians rights to choose the language of education outside of Quebec are limited by the ‘where numbers warrant’ clause.

  3. Any more laws and you might as well call them the Fascist French party of Quebec

  4. “Let me say very clearly that I support Bill 101,” Trudeau said Thursday.

    “It is a reality that helps Quebec remain mainly French in a bilingual country. If we want Canada to remain bilingual — and I want it — we need to understand that Quebec must remain primarily francophone.”

    Justin Trudeau supports the racist, bigoted, xenophobic bill 101. Yes he supports a French only Kebec (proper native spelling) and forced french “bilingualism” all over the country, nice eh? Just like a daddy a French first, Kebec first bigot, hypocrite, from the province of the Qlue Qlux Qlan. Get back to the tax and spend, have not, high debt, socialist province of Kebec and shut up you parasite Trudeau, yes Kebec where you fit right in.

    • Bang on bubbagum.

  5. Quebecers spend most of their lives putting up with getting called a certain animal-based ethnic insult, and it passes as normal in this country. Ironically, there is an established animal-based ethnic insult against Anglophones, but we don’t use it, because it would bring us down to their level.

    They say that a Democrat is basically a Republican that never got robbed. I would add, that a Quebec federalist is basically a sovereigntist who’s never had to deal with English Canadians on a daily basis.

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    • Most of you Quebecker’s are really ethnocentric due to your inferiority complex, nothing more.