The CAQ government announced today that immigrants and other newcomers will not be able to receive government services in English.\nSimon Jolin-Barrette, Minister of Immigration, Francisation and Integration made the announcement after a report released by the Conseil supérieur de la langue française (CSLF).\nDetails about the report and Jolin-Barrette's announcement below.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nThe CAQ government is looking to make an example of crown corporations by laying down the law of la langue, particularly when it comes to government services in English.\nNew arrivals to Quebec will be made to receive government services in French only, after a new decision by Simon Jolin-Barrette, Minister of Immigration, Francisation and Integration.\nAnd if you're wondering when the CAQ changed the Ministry of "Immigration, Inclusion and Diversity" to the Ministry of "Immigration, Francisation and Integration" - that's a whole other story.\nThis new announcement by the CAQ is less of a new policy and more of a firm stand on Title 1, Chapter 4 of Law 101, wherein "the public utility enterprises, the professional orders and the members of the professional orders must arrange to make their services available in the official language."\nWhat the CAQ is insisting now is that anyone who is a new arrival to Quebec must receive their government services in French, in hopes of bridging the "gaps" in French-language services that were recently highlighted by the Conseil supérieur de la langue française (CSLF).\nIn a new report by the CSLF, gaps in linguistic policies, as well as the absence of linguistic policies in general, were found within some Ministries and agencies within Quebec.\nAccording to this report by the CSLF, 90% of government employees are on board with enforcing or implementing official language policies within their ministries or agencies.\nHier soir, j'ai eu l'honneur de participer à la Cérémonie de remise des insignes de l'Ordre des francophones d'Amérique et du Prix du 3 juillet 1608. Encore une fois, merci aux récipiendaires pour leur contribution à la protection et au rayonnement de la langue française. #PolQc pic.twitter.com/kL2QMcgW1j— Simon Jolin-Barrette (@SJB_CAQ) October 10, 2019\nSpecific shortcomings listed within the report led the Council to "formulate recommendations regarding the use of French in the administration," some of which include:\nIntroduction of Francisation committees within the administration\nObligation to know French first and foremost with staff in contact with the public\nFrancisation committees are responsible for establishing criteria and procedures for verifying "knowledge of the official language appropriate to the function."\nThere is also a focus on forms and documentation, as we've seen in recent months with the push to have Hydro-Quebec send out only French invoices unless a client specifically asks for English.\nREAD ALSO:\nThe minister was sure to mention that the historical Anglophone minority has the right to communicate in English, as do Indigenous communities, but that other newcomers, such as immigrants, should not "benefit from this historical exception."\nIt is radicalise and disturbing that CAQ gov now will force customers to communicate in French with Hydro, it’s a step further to implement the “others” and misrecognition concept. What about thousands of international students— Adnan Al Mhamied عدنان المحاميد (@syria_adnan) November 5, 2019\nWhich is how provincial bodies or Crown corporations will set a standard and be the exemplar going forward, as these "gaps" are tightened and English is pushed out... except for those who are meant to "benefit" from these "historical exceptions."\nIn a conversation on TVA's La Joute, former MP for Outremont and NDP leader, Thomas Mulcair, was quick to point out the problems with this stance.\nIn particular, he mentions immigrants from countries like the Netherlands or Australia, who could feel inclined to abandon their immigration process if they face a wall of French bureaucracy without the confidence to speak well or the ability to properly understand the French language.\nMoreover, as mentioned above, if the protection of the French language requires that French be the official language of communication of the state... that is already the case, as is laid out by the law.\nMeaning, if the Minister is not amending the law or enacting new things that are not in the law... what is this announcement really about?