The long-awaited bill clad with extensive measures to strengthen and protect the role of the French language in Quebec is finally being unveiled after months of discussions.
Simon Jolin-Barrette, the minister responsible for the French language, tabled his proposed reform Thursday morning at the provincial legislature in Quebec City.
Bill 96 aims to “reinforce” French as the “common language” of Quebec, he said.
The proposed legislation entails changing parts of the landmark Charter of the French language, which was first adopted in 1977 by the René Lévesque government. Bill 101 overhauled the linguistic makeup of the province, though it has been widely hailed and criticized for more than 40 years.
The wide-ranging proposed measures are “diverse,” said Jolin-Barrette. The bill contains more than 200 articles that touch on the use of French in the workplace, education and expanding access to French-language classes.
The latest plan comes as the François Legault government has recently cited concerns over the decline of French in Quebec, particularly in Montreal.
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— With files from The Canadian Press
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