The Big Issue: Parti Québécois on Language and Identity
Tuesday, Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois dropped a bombshell when she announced her government would require French proficiency of all allophones and anglophones who want to run for elected office - municipal or provincial - in Quebec.
But after a huge outcry, yesterday the PQ attempted to clarify the party's position: the official line is now that anglophones 'de souche' and members of First Nations already living in Quebec would automatically be granted citizenship and would be exempt from the French language requirement.
As part of our Big Issue coverage on language and identity issues, we wanted to delve into this question. Jean-François Lisée is a candidate for the PQ in the riding of Rosemont and joined us to talk about his party's policies on language.