Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Quebec Government's Battle Against English Education Continues

Brent Tyler talks with some of his clients in his Montreal office Thursday. From the left are: Parthasarothi Dey, Debjotidhar Dhar and Kazal Das. He has represented them in the long-running legal battle against Bill 104. Photograph by: John Kenney, The Gazette

Close Loophole With Notwithstanding Clause, PQ Urges -- Montreal Gazette

QUEBEC - The Parti Québécois opposition proposed Friday that the Charest government use the controversial notwithstanding clause in Canada’s constitution to block access to “transition” schools.

Language Minister Christine St-Pierre said the government would explore “all options” to affirm the “primacy of French” in Quebec.

Bill 104, adopted unanimously in 2002 by the National Assembly, tried to block “transition” schools but last month the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Bill 104 unconstitutional, giving Quebec one year to find another way to resolve the issue.

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Update: Block access to English private schools: PQ -- CBC

My Comment: Many of my French Quebec friends are furious that the Government is telling them what they must do if they want to educate their children. This battle is not over by a long shot. In the past, French only education was the excuse that was used to maintain the French fact in Quebec. But with many families now realizing that a basic understanding of English is required in a global economy, this battle to educate their children with a basic understanding of English is going to continue.

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