The new leader of the Parti Québécois (PQ), Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, is worried about the “anglicization of Montreal”, a phenomenon accelerated in his eyes by the economic recovery advocated by the government.
This is what hinted at the lawyer, Thursday, after a meeting with his deputies in Quebec.
“PSPP” is particularly tackling projects to expand the Dawson College campus and to fit out the Royal-Victoria Hospital to accommodate a pavilion for the McGill University Health Center. Both are included in Bill 66 of the Coalition Avenir Québec, the new version of Bill 61.
Public funds to anglicize Montreal
The new “parliamentary leader” of the PQ, Pascal Bérubé, had also tabled a motion last week, motion which went in this direction.
“The CAQ is taking public funds as part of the economic recovery to anglicize Montreal,” Paul St-Pierre Plamondon said Thursday. He fears that “in 2021 we will have more CEGEP places in English than places in French in the Montreal region”.
The PQ leader proposes to cut funding to English institutions to curb the trend.
Jolin-Barrette, “lone warrior”?
Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon deplores that Quebec has two faces in the promotion of French. In August, when confronted with statistics on the loss of speed of French in the metropolis, the minister responsible for the French language, Simon Jolin-Barrette, pledged to table a plan “over the next few months”. for the French language.
“I salute the courage of Simon Jolin-Barrette,” said the new PQ leader on Thursday, “but it is clear that within the CAQ, he is a bit of what one might call a lone warrior. That is to say, he goes out alone, always on the same themes, and his government is doing exactly the opposite. “
Asked about his intentions in terms of defending the language of Molière, Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon did not go so far as to say that Bill 101 should be extended in CEGEPs. “I keep the door open, but this is not, at the moment, our position because we think that the funding allows us more flexibility,” he said.
PSPP should table its first motion as leader next week, through Pascal Bérubé. She will report on the “linguistic emergency” in Montreal.