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The CAQ Has Introduced A Major Bill To Overhaul Quebec Language Laws

The bill aims to "affirm that the only official language of Quebec is French."
Quebec Language Laws Reform Bill Introduced By The CAQ

Minister Responsible for the French Language Simon Jolin-Barrette has tabled his much-anticipated bill to reform Quebec language laws.

The 100-page Bill 96, titled "An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Quebec," aims to reaffirm the status of French in the province.

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In a Thursday morning session of the National Assembly, the minister explained that the bill would make "several amendments to the Charter of the French Language" and "[propose] new fundamental language rights, including the right to French language learning services."

Jolin-Barrette also highlighted measures aimed at protecting French in the workplace.

"It gives employees the right to a work environment that is free from discrimination or harassment related to the use of French or the assertion of a right under the Charter of the French Language," he said.

The bill would also establish a "Ministry of the French Language."

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