Townshippers’ Association Submits Brief in Response to Bill 14
With the proposed legislative changes of Bill 14 threatening to oppress the already fragile English-speaking community, Townshippers’ Association has voiced its concern in a brief filed to the Quebec National Assembly’s Committee on Culture and Education.
Introduced to the provincial government last December, Bill 14: An Act to amend the Charter of the French language, the Charter of human rights and freedoms and other legislative provisions proposes several amendments to Quebec’s French language charter, which would primarily affect statutes and regulations governing the use of language in businesses, educational institutions and municipalities.
In its brief, Townshippers’ Association has expressed its considered opinion that, if adopted “as is,” Bill 14 will further weaken the minority Englishspeaking populace, such as that living in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, causing them to feel even more disenfranchised from their roots and identity.
The Association is calling on the National Assembly to recognize the historical and contemporary contributions of English-speaking communities throughout Quebec, from those with ancestral ties to more recent immi-
grants, who each enhance the fabric of this great province.
Participating in the Consultation Bill 14 will be submitted to public hearings beginning on March 12, 2013. Individuals and organizations interested in participating in the consultation have until February 11, 2013, to submit a brief. Full details can be found at the Quebec National Assembly’s website – www.assnat.qc.ca.