PQ moves to amend French language charter
On the campaign trail, the Parti Québécois promised there would be changes to the Charter of the French Language.The party was concerned the use of French in the workplace, in stores, even in daycares was slipping.
Yesterday, the government tabled Bill 14 - close to 35 pages of amendments affecting schools, small businesses, and municipalities.
Susan speaks with Jean-Francois Lisée, minister for international trade, the Francophonie and for relations with the anglophone community.
The bill stops short of restricting access to English CEGEPs - a PQ campaign promise. But it does propose that English college students be able to demonstrate their mastery of French. Susan speaks with Jean Robert, director of CEGEP Champlain St. Lawrence in Quebec City.
Bill 14 also calls for increased French proficiency at the high school level. Susan talks with David D'Aoust, president of the Quebec English School Board Association about how well the boards are meeting that challenge.