PQ leader calls for new Que­bec lan­guage law in re­ac­tion to 2016 cen­sus data

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

MON­TREAL— The Parti Que­be­cois is call­ing for a new lan­guage law in re­ac­tion to the 2016 cen­sus.

PQ Leader Jean-Fran­cois Lisee said to­day if he’s elected pre­mier in 2018 he’ll in­tro­duce Bill 202, a ref­er­ence to the leg­is­la­tion passed in the 1970s that is known in­for­mally as Bill 101.

Lisee points to cen­sus data re­leased last week in­di­cat­ing the per­cent­age of peo­ple in Que­bec who listed French as a mother tongue de­creased to 78.4 per cent in 2016 from 79.7 per cent in 2011.

The cen­sus also sug­gested the per­cent­age of Que­bec an­glo­phones in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly across the province.

Lisee says only peo­ple who are able to speak French should be al­lowed to move to Que­bec, ex­cept for refugees, who can learn once they ar­rive.

He also says a fu­ture Bill 202 would force all com­pa­nies in Que­bec with 25 em­ploy­ees or more to con­duct all busi­ness in French, which is cur­rently the case for firms with 50 peo­ple or more.

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