“Overview as of the 2016 census
- Population: 8,164,361
- Official language: French
- Majority group: Francophone (77.1%)
- Minority groups: Allophone (13.15%), Anglophone (7.45%), Aboriginals (0.6%), native speakers of two languages or more (2.3%)” wiki
Among the ten provinces of Canada, Quebec is the only one whose majority is francophone. Quebec’s population accounts for 23.9% of the Canadian population, and Quebec’s francophones account for about 90% of Canada’s French-speaking population.” wiki on Quebec language distribution.
” … the province’s anglophone residents say Bill 96, which is expected to come into force in the next year/2022, discriminates against bilinguals and denies them basic freedoms.
The legislation seeks to unilaterally change the Canadian Constitution to affirm Quebec as a nation and French its official language, using a mechanism designed to shield it from constitutional challenges.
The radical bill proposes more than 200 amendments to the province’s landmark 1977 French-language charter, including stricter requirements for businesses to operate in French and tight limits on the number of francophones who can attend English-language colleges.
Among the most controversial proposals are the extra powers handed to government language inspectors to raid offices and access the computers and phones of any businesses – including media organisations – suspected of violating the new law.
The draconian measures have inflamed the rhetoric around the debate, with prominent Canadian lawyer Anne-France Goldwater comparing the new snooping powers to the “Gestapo”.
Simon Jolin-Barrette, the Quebec minister responsible for the French language, tabled the bill in response to studies by Quebec’s French-language office that indicate the number of people who solely use French at home and work is on the decline.” telegraph
Comment: I am half French-Canadian and a dual national, Canadian-US. I have the greatest respect and reverence for my French ancestors who settled what is now Quebec and a large part of the interior US beginning in 1617 and continuing throughout the first half of the 17th Century. They struggled with; the climate, the Indians, the British and the royal government in Paris who never had much use for them and thought of them as a burden, a burden that it abandoned in the treaty the followed the Seven Years War.
But the truth is that a cultural island cannot be maintained by fiat in the way that is attempted by the present language law reinforced by this monstrosity. Cultural competition is inevitable. pl
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