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.