Jolin-Barrette Calls For An End To 'Widespread' 'Institutional Bilingualism' In Quebec

Bill 96 would recommit the State to operating in French, its only official language.

During a press conference announcing sweeping changes to Quebec's French-language charter, Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette called for "an end" to "institutional bilingualism" in Quebec, which he suggested has become "widespread" in the State apparatus.

"The protection and enhancement of the French language must become a matter for the State," he said at a Thursday press conference. "French must be the language of administration, of course, but also of legislation and justice."

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Bill 96, "An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Quebec," states that its purpose is to "affirm that the only official language of Québec is French" and "that French is the common language of the Québec nation."

"It's not about a battle between French and English," said Jolin-Barrette.

"All the rights of the English-speaking community will be respected as [they've been] before."