Scrapping Bill 14 is the right choice, say Quebec Liberals
'Bill 14 was a bad choice,' critic for anglophone issues Geoffrey Kelley
Quebec Liberals say they are relieved to hear that Bill 14 might die on the order table after the language debate embroiled the province this past winter.
Yesterday, Premier Pauline Marois said her government will likely end up scrapping their proposed ammendments to the French Language Charter in order to focus on their latest proposal — the so-called secular charter.
Kathleen Weil, Liberal MNA for Nôtre-Dame-de-Grâce, says the premier made the right choice.
"We didn’t agree with their diagnosis that there was something wrong. If you’re talking about Montreal …. everybody speaks French. The common language is French and everybody understands that and everybody buys into it."
Weil says Marois’ government is distracted from the issues that matter.
"She’s trying to create this whole identity package. She doesn’t want to talk about the economy, she doesn’t want to talk about jobs."
In the spring, the Parti Québécois government opened the debate by launching a series of public hearings on Bill 14.
Geoffrey Kelley, official opposition critic for relations with the English-speaking community, sat in on the hearings and says many people outside of the anglophone community opposed the amendments.
"Those aren’t Liberal voices, those are voices that came from across Quebec," Kelley says.
He says he agrees that protecting French culture is important, but the PQ went about it the wrong way.
"We have to commit ourselves as governments to protect and promote the French fact in North America. It’s something we have to do. But Bill 14 was a bad choice."