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Say Goodbye To Bilingualism And Hello To Tougher Language Laws In Montreal

No more 'bonjour-hi' if the PQ wins the upcoming election.
Say Goodbye To Bilingualism And Hello To Tougher Language Laws In Montreal

Anglophones and allophones won't like Montreal too much if the PQ wins a majority in the upcoming provincial elections. If they win, the PQ plans to crack the whip and enforce much tougher language laws in Montreal.

Diane de Courcy, the minister in charge of Quebec's French Language Charter, vowed to remove any sense of bilingualism in Montreal and throughout Quebec, as she stated in francization programs held by the Conseil du patronat, and later reported in the Gazette.

De Courcy can be quoted saying that bilingualism in an "unacceptable slide," and the PQ government will make it their mission to resurrect Bill 14(not just let it go as previously thought), even going as far as not to let Montreal sales reps say "Bonjour-Hi." I'm glad the PQ will be targeting the real issues of the city.

De Courcy also went as far to say that "Montreal is not a bilingual city." I think the mass amount of French and English speakers in Montreal would disagree.

Let's also not forget that 81% of Quebecers say that Montreal is bilingual, 69% of Quebecers say that Montreal should be bilingual, and 85% believe Montreal benefits economically from being bilingual. Seems like de Courcy and the PQ aren't truly in touch with the province's sentiments regarding Montreal's bilingualism, and are just acting as they see fit.

Read why and how Montreal can avoid enforced language policies: 10 Reasons Montreal Should Become A City State.

For more on all things Montreal, follow Michael on Twitter @MDAlimonte


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