If we want society to truly feel compelled by the promotion and protection of the French language, it is imperative that it is able to follow the State’s example. That is articulated in the measures that it advances, whether legislative, regulatory or otherwise, but it is also incarnated in its internal actions. It must demonstrate a firm commitment and have an exemplary approach and activities as regards the promotion and protection of the French language.
Thus, we are proposing to:
Update the Politique linguistique du Gouvernement du Québec (Government of Quebec’s language policy) for ministries and organizations. This new policy will require mandatory training for all affected employees;
Modify article 88.3 of the Charter of the French Language to include an obligation for higher education establishments to provide the National Assembly with a triennial report on the application of their linguistic policies and provide a statistical portrait of the use of French within their institutions;
To apply article 1 of Bill 104, which seeks to set out the conditions and circumstances under which a language other than French could be used for communications with corporations and other governments.
The proposals we are advancing are the result of thorough reflection following several consultations.
In order to undertake this process, we first identified the fundamental principles that should guide us. It was important for us to identify the foundations upon which all Quebecers of all origins could readily unite and rally.