A few weeks ago we were celebrating because Quebec seemed to finally be giving up on the harsh language laws. But sadly our happiness was all for naught because the Quebec government has since decided to get rid of all the loopholes and grey areas in the law.
Back when the Couillard government wanted to force English multinationals to add French descriptions to their signage, the Quebec court pointed out that they actually couldn't enforce this due to a court ruling that concluded the OQLF was misinterpreting the laws.
But now the government decided to modify the language charter to make the rules even harsher.
It's ridiculous that even THEY can't make up their minds.
The new rule is that every business must now have a french description added to their outdoor signs. If the sign lights up at night, then the french description must also be lit.
The only exceptions would be for trademarks that are proper names or names of places.
A member of the Mouvement Québec Français claimed this is a step in the right direction, but it's still not enough. He wants uniforms, equipment and indoors signs to be changed as well.
Hélène David who is the minister responsible for the protection and promotion of the French Language says that because of this change, people will now be able to know they are in Quebec.
Thank god! Until now I just thought I was living in Delaware.
These new rules would affect over 1800 businesses in Quebec, most of which are struggling to stay open, not budgeting for new neon signs.
Businesses have 3 years to comply or they could face fines of up to $20,000.
Good thing business is thriving in Quebec, right? Otherwise, I'd be worried.