Quebec Towns May Lose Bilingual Status

Quebec Towns May Lose Bilingual Status

On the 84 municipalities that have a bilingual status in the province, only half fulfill the conditions that had allowed them to offer services in English after the bill 101 showed up 35 years ago. The condition was to have a majority of English speaking inhabitants.

The project for bill14 presented by the minister of the Charte de la langue française, Diane De Courcy, gives the government the right to remove the bilingual status of a municipality for which the demographic composition no longer meets the requirements. Without this status, a city must communicate with its citizens in French only.

Since 1977 and the arrival of bill 101, municipalities who had a majority of English speakers could ask to have a bilingual status and they couldn’t lose this status unless they asked for it to be removed. Even the government couldn’t come back on its decision.

The goal of this new policy is to take away the status of Anglophone municipalities that have less than 10-30% of the population are English speaking. Diane De Courcy specified that the withdrawal of the bilingual status, is the responsibility of the minister in charge of the municipality and he must ask for it.

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LifeinQuebec.com Staff Writer

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