NDP bill in Parliament aims to assure the right to work in French in federal institutions in Quebec

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

That's the news from here in French. The NDP right now has a single seat in Quebec that Martin Cauchon is looking to take back next election. For the NDP the seat in Quebec is extremely important as it's a kind of proof that they are a truly federal party, and they would love to expand upon their Quebec base if possible. Here's part of the article.

The NDP wants to assure the right to work in French in federal institutions in Quebec

Boasting of being the only federal party in Ottawa with the interests of Quebecois at heart, the NDP filed a bill Tuesday that aims to ensure that all francophones can work in their language in federal enterprises in Quebec.

The C-455 bill requires federal enterprises in the office to give the right to their francophone employees to work and communicate in French.

Written communications and collective agreements would have to be available in French, and employment offers would have to be published at the same time in newspapers in both official languages.

But "the requirements...are not to exclude other languages besides French; the use of another language should not however outweigh the usage of French", explains the wording of the law.

The Bloc Quebecois tried two times to adopt a similar bill in the House of Commons, but was never successful. The NDP, however, believes that it has found a formula that neither the Conservatives nor the Liberals could reject this time.

Explaining that the Bloc bill was too large in scope in imposing Law 101 on federal enterprises and thus encroaching on the Act of Official Languages, Thomas Mulcair (that's the only NDP member elected in Quebec) said that the bill enumerated specific rights.


The Bloc, however, doesn't see this bill as going far enough because it seems to promote bilingualism when they would like to see a focus on French alone.

Here's a random video in French of Thomas Mulcair in case you're curious who he is.

4 comments:

Tony Kondaks said...

This bill won't see the light of day...but that doesn't mean that the Liberals and Conservatives aren't that far behind Mulcair and his discriminatory way of thinking. The evidence is clear: the fix is in for the Quebec anglo community; any right or freedom is up for sacrifice if it means appeasing Quebec separatists and language supremacists.

The facts: previous Liberal and Conservative governments' interventions in Supreme Court cases challenging Bill 101 were on the side of Quebec NOT those individuals challenging the horrible law that is Bill 101.

It is Canada that should be sacrificed for individual rights, not individual rights for Canada. Let's get our priorities straight; the country simply isn't worth giving up those values we hold most dear in order to cowtow to those that promote a hate law/race law.

See:

http://www.whycanadamustend.com/quebec%20and%20canada%20race%20law%20links.htm

Anonymous said...

Didn't Mulcair use to work for Alliance Quebec?
Is it not poosible that in giving francophones the support for their mother tongue that so many of them still crave he'll give them an federalist option to vote for.
It sure would please me to see the Bloc fade into oblivion.

Novparl said...

Le Bill 101 est modéré. La police de la langue cherche toujours à persuader, non pas à intimider.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Mulcair use to work for Alliance Quebec?
Is it not poosible that in giving francophones the support for their mother tongue that so many of them still crave he'll give them an federalist option to vote for.
It sure would please me to see the Bloc fade into oblivion.

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