Côte Saint-Luc Bill 96 Resolution

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C A N A D A
PROVINCE OF QUEBEC
CITY OF CÔTE SAINT-LUC

EXTRACT FROM THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY
COUNCIL HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2022 AT 8:00 P.M. AT
5801 CAVENDISH BOULEVARD, CÔTE SAINT-LUC


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CÔTE SAINT-LUC BILL 96 RESOLUTION

WHEREAS when the Charter of the French Language, (C.Q.L.R. chapter C-11) (“Charter”) was adopted by the Quebec National Assembly in 1977, it specifically included a preamble which states that the Charter be adopted “in a spirit of
fairness and open-mindedness, respectful of the institutions of the Englishspeaking community of Québec, and respectful of the ethnic minorities, whose valuable contribution to the development of Québec it readily acknowledges;”

WHEREAS the Côte Saint-Luc City Council (“Council”) represents a community where residents preferring to use either the French language or the English language have lived together in peace and harmony;

WHEREAS since the adoption of the Charter, the City of Côte Saint-Luc has been recognized as a bilingual institution under Section 29.1 of the Charter allowing it to provide services in English as well as French;

WHEREAS the Government of Quebec introduced a bill in the National Assembly of Quebec entitled “Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec”, known as Bill 96;

WHEREAS the proposed amendments in the original Bill 96 included a shift in several clauses from the requirement of French for written communication to specifying that French must be exclusively used for both written and oral communication with no other language allowed for any members of an agency of the civil administration, including cities, and limits availability of written communications in English to those with eligibility to English schools, which will make it more difficult for municipalities to serve people in English and more difficult for many Quebecers to obtain services in the language of their choice;

WHEREAS by making it illegal for two Quebec government or municipal employees to speak to each other in English, even if they are both English speaking, it will further discourage English-speaking Quebecers from applying or working for the Quebec government. According to the 2016 census, English is the first official language spoken by 13.7% of the Quebec population, yet only 1% of Quebec’s civil service are English-speaking;

WHEREAS Bill 96 would require an agency of the civil administration to file an annual report to state the number of positions which require knowledge of a language other than French, with the caveat that the Minister Responsible for the French Language may approve, reject or amend these directives;

WHEREAS Bill 96 will serve as an indirect way to ensure that English-language CEGEPs will be in a perpetual decline. This is accomplished by setting a cap on the percentage of spaces available at English-language CEGEPs, and then setting up a system that will inevitably lower that cap year after year;

CERTIFIED TRUE EXTRACT


Me Jonathan Shecter
City Clerk