CAQ MNA comments on Bill 14
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.