CAQ MNA com­ments on Bill 14

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Chris­tian Dubé, the Coali­tion Avenir Que­bec (CAQ) MNA for the rid­ing of Lévis, con­tacted the Stanstead Jour­nal to com­ment on the pro­posed Bill 14. Although he is the MNA for a rid­ing just out­side of Que­bec City, Mr. Dubé is a res­i­dent of Sut­ton, own­ing a blueberry farm there, and wanted to com­mu­ni­cate with Town­ship­pers about his party’s stand on some of the ma­jor is­sues.

“I’ll be clear: right now we have a min­i­mum of three amend­ments that are crit­i­cal to us or we won’t sup­port the bill. We also re­serve the right to add other amend­ments af­ter we’ve lis­tened to the more than 80 pre­sen­ta­tions,” ex­plained Mr. Dubé. His party be­lieves that mil­i­tary per­son­nel, whether they are French or English, should be al­lowed to choose the lan­guage of ed­u­ca­tion for their chil­dren. The sec­ond amend­ment the party wants changed is the one that is get­ting a lot of at­ten­tion: bilin­gual sta­tus for towns. “The de­ci­sion of whether or not to have bilin­gual sta­tus should be made by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity,” said the MNA. The third “deal breaker” is the forc­ing of com­pa­nies with be­tween 26 to 49 em­ploy­ees to con­duct busi­ness in French. “Es­pe­cially in ex­port busi­nesses, you need peo­ple who speak English and a min­i­mum of doc­u­men­ta­tion in English. We should be pro­vid­ing in­cen­tives to busi­nesses.”

When asked about the CAQ agree­ing to give more pow­ers to the Of­fice de la Langue Fran­cais, such as in­creased ar­eas of in­spec­tion and the lay­ing of crim­i­nal charges rather than giv­ing com­pa­nies time to com­ply, Mr. Dubé an­swered: “In­stead of co­er­cive power, we would like to see more pos­i­tive power such as mak­ing train­ing pro­grams avail­able so peo­ple can learn French.”

“We have more eco­nomic pri­or­i­ties than the lan­guage is­sue. We need to be a con­struc­tive sec­ond op­po­si­tion,” he con­cluded.

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