On December 5, 2012, the Quebec government tabled Bill 14, An Act to amend the Charter of the French language, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and other legislative provisions to improve yet again the eminence of the French language in Quebec. The Bill focuses on the enhanced use of French at work, in schools, and when transacting business to prevent the decline of its use in Quebec. The Bill also contains measures to ensure an improved integration of immigrants in Quebec by providing better access to learn the French language and the culture.
In support of the Bill, Diane De Courcy, the minister responsible for the Charter of the French language, stated,
Since the creation of the Charter of the French language 35 years ago, Quebec has changed profoundly. The Charter should be modernized to reflect these changes. In a context where the presence of English is increasing in the Quebec environment not only on the island of Montreal but also in the suburbs and area, it is our duty to ensure the vitality and sustainability French.”
The preamble of the Charter of the French language makes it clear that everyone has the right to live and work using the French language, and that it is the official language of Quebec in government, law, work, education, commerce and business. This preamble is now elaborated to acknowledge that,
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