Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion Sub­mits Brief in Re­sponse to Bill 14

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Town­ship­pers' As­so­ci­a­tion

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.

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