Almost 40,000 people have signed a petition asking Quebec politicians to reject Bill 14.
The controversial bill outlines amendments to the province’s Charter of the French Language, known as Bill 101, as well as modifications to the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.
The petition, drafted by the central parents' committee of the Lester B. Pearson School Board, gathered a total 37,749 signatures.
MNA Geoffrey Kelley, opposition critic for relations with the anglophone community, will present the petition to the national assembly on Tuesday.
He says the number of people who signed the petition shows the growing frustration among Quebecers.
"Every day there’d be another 500 signatures, another 700 signatures," Kelley said.
He says Bill 14 will only deepen divides between Quebec’s English and French-speaking populations.
"People are saying enough is enough."
Last week, two Parti Québécois ministers addressed concerns by publishing an open letter outlining amendments to Bill 14.
The letter acknowledged the need to protect bilingual communities and also said practices at l'Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) will be reviewed.
But Kelley said the changes don’t go far enough.
"I read that article quite carefully and it was long on words but very short in actual commitments," he said.
The petition is expected to be presented to the national assembly on Tuesday afternoon by Kelley.
CONSIDERING THAT the French language in Québec needs to be protected and that the officials elected by the general public are to protect the rights of all citizens of Québec regardless of linguistic, ethnic or socio-economic status;
CONSIDERING THAT all citizens of Québec are proud to be part of a unique society and that the words "cultural communities" erases the historic distinctiveness of the English-speaking community;
CONSIDERING THAT we want to see efforts made to improve the quality of French instruction without raising levels of reporting and bureaucracy in our children's schools;
CONSIDERING THAT it is well known that the greatest employment growth opportunities come from small firms;
CONSIDERING THAT the growth of certain municipalities has been fueled by the efforts of all its citizens including the English-speaking minority;
We, the undersigned, ask the National Assembly to reject Bill 14 and ensure that no further restrictions against the rights of minorities, nor additional bureaucratic burdens be brought forth, but rather maintain the current harmonious relationship for all citizens of Québec.