Bill 101 back in the news

Bill 101 back in the news

Quebec City (Quebec) 1 May 2015 – We just knew it would pop up again somewhere and sure enough, the latest eruption on Quebec’s infamous language law, Bill 101, was brought up in the National Assembly this week through the voice of the official opposition, The Parti Québécois.

The reason for the latest acclamation, from the party that invented the law, was because Quebec just lost a court case concerning the battle between the government and six multi-nationals who had been asked by the Office québécois de la langue française to either change the name of their store in Quebec or at least include some French on their storefronts to accommodate the law.

The six companies involved in the court battle were Wal-Mart, Old Navy, Gap, Best Buy, Guess and last but not least Costco. All of these stores are and have been doing a booming business in Quebec and they’re all American companies. The government had asked that at the very minimum the stores could indicate what they sell as a by-line on their store fronts, much like Les Cafés Second Cup. We’re not sure whether it was just a matter of principle or whether they actually want the stores to tell people what they sell, just in case they don’t know.

The party in power is playing politics and going along with the complaint from the PQ to show they really care, but do they? The third party, CAQ finds the whole thing a bit corny stating that these companies do business around the world and no where have they been asked to change their name or indicate what they sell in anybody’s language.

And so the controversial Bill 101 continues to be a source of humiliation for businesses, and politicians alike in the province of the never ending language saga.

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