Laval Liberal MNAs unequivocally oppose Bill 14

“Respect is so important”

By Robert Frank

All four Liberal members elected to represent Laval ridings in Quebec City joined forces, April 19, to “deplore the Parti Québécois’ coercive approach that is taking away citizens’ rights and increasing the administrative burden on [Quebec] businesses.”

“It’s clear that we will vote against Bill 14,” Laval Liberal caucus chairman Guy Ouellette told The Suburban in an interview, “because after reading 86 briefs and listening to 76 presentations to a parliamentary hearing, most witnesses plainly found language minister Diane de Courcy’s approach unsatisfactory.”

The Chomedey MNA issued the joint statement in a common front, together will fellow Liberals Francine Charbonneau (Mille Îles), Gilles Ouimet (Fabre) and Jean Rousselle (Vimont).

They condemned coercive measures that permeate the bill and noted that “the Quebec bar association, businesses, school boards, parents, municipalities and citizens from throughout Quebec have expressed strong misgivings.”

“It is inconceivable for the Quebec Liberal Party to vote for a bill that prescribes:

• appointment by the minister of inspectors who will act under the minister’s control and who will become political language police;
• judicializing complaints to the Office québécois de la langue française;
• restricting French students’ enrolment in English CEGEPs;
• removing the longstanding exemption that permitted the children of Canadian military personnel to attend English schools;
• withdrawing the bilingual status of some municipalities;
• substantially increasing the paperwork and administrative burden on Quebec businesses; and
• threatening the rights granted under the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”
“Respect is so important,” Ouellette emphasized. “All Quebecers have rights and we need to protect them, rather than dividing them.”

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