Justice minister with ‘no more stings,’ says Pettipas Taylor


During a press conference, Minister Pettipass Taylor pointed out that he was giving his plan More bites to current law.

As soon as I became minister, I began my consultation with various stakeholders and my colleagues… We listened to ensure that we had a better bill. We want to make sure he rises to the challenges.

The situation in France is worrying. Its safety requires special and immediate attention.

A quote Janet Pettipass Taylor, Minister of State for Official Languages

The first adjustment, and not the least, is the possibility that the Commissioner of Official Languages ​​will impose financial penalties on certain companies that do not meet their linguistic obligations. Crown corporations, which operate in the transportation sector, provide services to and liaise with passengers, including Air Canada, Marine Atlantic and VIA Rail.

The Commissioner wanted additional tools to do his job. […] That’s what we did. […] We have selected companies that reach the consumer and the traveling publicThe Minister explained himself.

Raymond Theberg, Commissioner of Official Languages ​​(Archives)

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However, before granting such permission, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages ​​must proceed gradually. Refers to a regulatory directive. Under the bill, fines can reach a maximum of $25,000, and the same offense cannot be sanctioned more than once.

Administrative monetary penalties are one tool we added, but Bill C-32 has already added otherssaid Minister Pettipas Taylor.

Another change is that the Treasury Board will now play a very important role since it establishes the policies for the application of certain parts of the act.

What is new is that this power is mandatory, as is the control of the application of the principles of application [de la Loi] And make quotesSenior officials from the Government of Canada spoke at a conference.

The Canadian tradition still has a role to play, but the role of the Treasury Board Should generally operate as a central agencyMrs. Pettybass Taylor promised.

Dealing with weight loss in the French-speaking population

Government makes further progress on Francophone migration He did not achieve his goals outside of Quebec.

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration in the bill of his predecessor Melanie Jolie Francophones must adopt an immigration policyA statement is included, so this policy is included Goals, objectives and indicatorsIn order to deal with the decreasing weight of the French-speaking minority population of Canada.

The federal government has not reached its targets for Francophone migration outside Quebec (archives).

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Finally, the bill provides a more precise definition Positive actions What should the federal government do to foster the vitality of official language minority communities and to promote French and English across the country? These activities should be Taken with the intention of having a concrete and positive effectAnd who to count on A rigorous analysis baseWe explain.

The former Minister of Health, Minister Pettipas Taylor, wanted to add that the legal obligations regarding official languages ​​apply at all times. Especially in emergency situations. No further details after Many shortcomings have been observed in the official languages ​​during epidemics.

The main lines are maintained

many outlines Phil C-32, presented by Ms. Jolie last June, can be found at Ms. Pettipass Taylor. The goal will always beTrue equality between French and English in CanadaSays the government.

The law recognizes that the French are a minority in Canada and North America and aims to protect and promote it. According to the minister, the central government a Play an important role In this regard.

Upon taking office, Minister Pettipass Taylor promised Fight against the “French fall”.

With the amendments, the law will face challenges today and tomorrow.

A quote Janet Pettipass Taylor, Minister of State for Official Languages

The bilingualism of the judges of the Supreme Court of Canada, the recognition of French as the official language of Quebec and the bilingual status of New Brunswick, the integration into law of the Court Challenges Act and the action plan or amendment official languages ​​every ten years are still part of the modernization proposed by the government.

Separate law for the use of the French language in the private sector

On the other hand, the measures aimed at ensuring the right to serve the population and the right to work in French are now subject to the bill in private companies under federal jurisdiction and in regions with strong bronchial tubes.

A new law makes it possible to benefit from a clear and centralized framework for this new sector of interventionJustified senior officials of the Government of Canada.

Office ID indicating service in both official languages.


Photo: Radio-Canada

Under the law, businesses under federal jurisdiction, for example in the banking, telecommunications and aeronautics sectors, can communicate in French with their employees and customers.

The move will be implemented first in Quebec, then two years later in heavily French-speaking regions. Define what is an area with a strong bronchophonic presencejustifies the Minister.

An attentive Quebec

The Bloc Québécois has already warned that the conditions will not support the plan proposed by Minister Pettitbass Taylor.

We are very disappointed for QuebecSaid Mario Beaulieu, official languages ​​spokesperson for the party. Those who don’t listen are just cubes! We will try to modify [le projet de loi]But for the moment it is inadmissible!He argues.

A member for La Pointe-de-l’Île believes that the bill would undermine the efforts of the government of François Legault to protect the French language and to implement the Charter of the French language in businesses under federal jurisdiction.

French is the only official language in Quebec and the only endangered language in CanadaMr. Beaulieu insists.

The reform presented today will in no way change the actions of Bill 96, my colleague the Minister for the French Language, particularly with regard to businesses under federal jurisdiction based in Quebec.

A quote Report by Sonia Lebel, President of the Treasury Board of Quebec and Minister for Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie

In an email to Radio-Canada on Tuesday afternoon, after learning about the bill, the office of Sonia Label, President of the Quebec Treasury Board and Minister of Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie, indicated that her government took over. Note on the measures proposed, in particular for the protection of bronchophones in a minority situation in other regions of Canada.

Sonia Label spoke to reporters.

President of the Treasury Board and Minister for Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie, Sonia Label (Archives)

Photo: Radio-Canada / Sylvain Roy Russell

And add: In Quebec, we remind you that it is the responsibility of the Quebec government to preserve and promote the French language. We are ready to work with the central government on this file. […] The State of Quebec is ready to fully assume its historical responsibilities and will continue to do so..

Opposition parties want more

Other opposition parties in Ottawa want the government to go further.

It is a step in the right direction, but it is clear that there is nothing to answer the French fallNoted Nicky AshtonOfficial Languages ​​Critic for the New Democratic Party (NDP).

For the first time in a generation, we had the opportunity to modernize the Official Languages ​​Act. We must do everything to improve it.

A quote Nicky AshtonNDP Critic for Official Languages

the new democrats In principle, the Liberals support the government’s bill, but would like to see changes to it, in particular that the Treasury Board be responsible for enforcing the law and that language rules be included in agreements between the federal government. Provinces and territories when transferring money.

We saw this recently for the CPEs, where there is no guarantee for the French-speaking communitiesdeputy of Churchill-Kivathinok Aski.

A man in an interview.

Conservative MP Joël Codin, his party’s spokesperson for official languages ​​(archives)

Photo: Radio-Canada / Guillaume Croteau-Langevin

On behalf of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC), MP Joel Cody agreed. The changes were made by Minister Pettitbass Taylor after Ms Jolie’s bill, he agrees, but the government is still a long way off.

I am glad the government has tabled the bill. We have been waiting for this for many years. But I was disappointed with the resultHe says he hopes he will not really oppose the French fall.

He denounces the government’s reluctance to give more powers to the Commissioner of Official Languages ​​beyond a very limited framework or to ensure that the federal agency is solely responsible for administering the application of the implementing legislation. .

I recommend consulting my colleagues and working with the government to provide French language preservation tools.


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