Official Languages Act reform draws mixed reviews

Official Languages Act reform draws  mixed reviews
Economic Development and Official Languages Minister Melanie Joly responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons Monday November 23, 2020 in Ottawa. (Photo : THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

By Gordon Lambie
Local Journalism Initiative

Earlier this week the Government of Canada introduced its proposed update of the Official Languages Act, Bill C-32. If passed, the bill will result in the first changes made to the act since 1988, but in the days since its introduction, the proposed legislation has already drawn criticism from a number of groups including the Quebec Community Groups Network and its member organization, Townshippers’ Association.
Bill C-32 was introduced on Tuesday by Melanie Joly, Canada’s Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages as a clear demonstration of the Federal Government’s commitment to five specific language communities: French speakers outside Quebec, English speakers inside Quebec, French speakers in Quebec, English speakers outside Quebec, and Indigenous language communities.

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