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Anglo rights group seeks court injunction against Bill 96
The Task Force on Linguistic Policy filed an application Jan. 17 asking a judge to stop the province from further restricting the English language or penalizing its use under Bill 96. A judge will hear the case Feb. 6.
“Every week that goes by, there’s another measure that’s being either promised or brought out by this government,” with the intention of protecting the French language, said Task Force president and lead plaintiff Andrew Caddell. “They’re using the anglophone community as a scapegoat for what they see as the decline in French.”
Caddell said he’s looking to “send a shot across the bow to the government that they cannot bring forth these other measures.” Anglophone Quebecers “are full citizens no matter what the government says,” he added.
“We’ve received stories from people who’ve received really egregious treatment from the government,” Caddell said. Indeed, the application lists 30 examples of people it says were discriminated against for speaking English.

  • Jack Wilson, The Sherbrooke Record

French will have to make up two-thirds of commercial signs
A new version of the language of signs law coming into effect June 1, 2025 will demand that French will have to occupy two-thirds of a commercial sign, and English or another language can occupy the remaining third, the Quebec government announced.
The law also says an English brand name is allowed, but a French descriptor has to be added if one does not exist already on signage, such as Mode to a clothing store or Électronique to a store like Best Buy.
Language Minister Jean-François Roberge says most companies will not have to make changes, as the law currently says French has to be clearly predominant on signs and numerous companies with English brand names have French descriptors. The purpose is to tighten the language law’s rules.
The Minister added that it is “important that 100 per cent of businesses respect that Quebec is the only state in North America where French is the only official language.”

  • Joel Goldenberg, The Suburban

More details about tentative public sector wage deal
Last week Radio-Canada reported it had obtained documents that indicated Quebec teachers represented by the union coalition known as Common Front will receive an average salary increase of 23.5 per cent over five years; six per cent in the first year, 2.8 per cent for 2024, 2.6 per cent for 2025, 2.5 per cent for 2026, and 3.5 per cent for 2027.
This came after a leaked news release from the coalition indicated the 420,000 public sector workers represented by the coalition would receive a salary increase of 17.4 per cent over five years.
Union members have begun the process of voting on the tentative deals that were reached with the province at the end of December.
Meanwhile, negotiations between Quebec and FIQ, the nurse’s union, are ongoing.

  • First reported by Radio-Canada