Yesterday, controversy starting brewing after the Quebec French Language board AKA "the language police" demanded that a Quebec hospital located northwest of Montreal remove English from their signage and conform with Bill 101.
TL;DR Recently the Quebec French Language demaded that a Quebec hospital remove all English from their signage to conform with Bill 101.Quebec Premier François Legault has addressed the situation, and has ultimately dismissed the community's concern saying "Bill 101 must be respected."
The local community and it's officials were not pleased with this order from Quebec language police. They believe the French Language board is needlessly causing trouble in their community, and claims to be one of the most peaceful when it comes to the language debate.
According to Bill 101, signage must be in only French - unless, the majority of a facility’s users speak another language, or if health and safety considerations require the use of another language.
Approximately 15% of the population of the area is considered Anglophone. That isn't necessarily a "majority," however local authorities all agreed that the French Language Board is overstepping its authority in this case.
Local official are hoping that the provincial government would step in and intervene.
Today, we find out from a CBC reportthat that Quebec Premier François Legault has addressed the situation, and has ultimately dismissed the community's concern about the signage saying "Bill 101 must be respected."
According to this report, he informed reporters that he doesn't see the importance of having bi-lingual signs.
Several different mayors of the La Chute regions have spoken out saying they are disappointed with the outcome.
Legault and regional health authorities reponded by reminding people that Anglophones will continue to have access to English services; it's just the signs that will be French only.
More updates to come...