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Thomas Mulcair on bilingual storefront signs in 1984

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English store owners in Quebec have been locked in a fight with the provincial government over the right to display bilingual storefront signs. Many Montreal merchants have received letters threatening prosecution, and several cases are awaiting a decision by the Quebec Superior Court. Thomas Mulcair, Director of Legal Affairs at Alliance Québec, speaks to CBC Montreal television news reporter Antonia Zerbisias about his organization's objections to the prosecution of the store owners.
• Thomas Mulcair, who won the leadership of the federal New Democratic Party in March 2012, was Director of Legal Affairs at Alliance Québec from 1983 to 1985.  He first ran for political office in 1994, winning the riding of Chomedey in Laval, as a provincial Liberal candidate. He held the seat until he resigned in 2006 over an apparent policy disagreement with Premier Charest. He moved to the NDP and federal politics in a 2007 byelection, winning the riding of Outrement.

Bill 101, introduced in 1977, was meant to make French the language of instruction in all schools and the language of the workplace, on commercial signs, and on road signs. This led to the founding of two pressure groups: Positive Action and Participation Québec, which eventually became Alliance Québec. The Alliance, which operated with federal subsidies, worked from 1982 to its dissolution in 2005 to further services in English and deal with language legislation.
Broadcast Medium: Television
Program: Newswatch
Reporter: Antonia Zerbisias
Guests: Morris Zimelstern, Ron Bridgeman, Thomas Mulcair
Duration: 2:02

Last updated: June 4, 2014

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