Improving the quality of the French Language is an issue that should be of concern to all Quebecers, whether Francophone, Anglophone or Allophone. We must develop an attachment to French from a young age, as well as the desire to continue to improve our command of the language throughout our whole lives.
In a recent poll conducted by the Conseil du Patronat du Québec among its members, data revealed that it is becoming more and more difficult to recruit employees who have a solid command of the French language, regardless of their mother tongue and including Francophones. Given that the organization of work has significantly evolved over the past few decades, written internal and external official communications are now handled by several people and are no longer centralized, as was the case before the advent of email.
Moreover, the statistics show that a significant proportion of Quebec’s Anglophone community is bilingual. Unfortunately, many members of the community do not feel confident enough in their use of the French language to be able to thrive and actively contribute to Quebec’s social and economic development. This, among other things, explains why a proportion of young people from this community leave Quebec.
For our political party, the fundamental importance of the vitality of the French language for society’s development requires that anyone who wishes to improve their oral or written French language skills should be able to do so through free courses for learning and improving French.
We therefore propose to:
Deploy free language learning and development courses for spoken and written French in all of Quebec’s regions. Recall that we tabled a bill to that effect in the National Assembly, Bill 590.
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.