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Bill 101 In Quebec

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Sonya Yan

on 3 October 2013

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Transcript of Bill 101 In Quebec

What is the right that
is in question?
To add, Bill 101 also questions having the freedom and right to express oneself in a preferable language of choice.
What are the
responsibilities when
using this right?
In general, the Bill 101 in Quebec causes a countless number of unfair restrictions that residents of Quebec are expected to follow.
What are the
restrictions of
this right?
Use details from the case to support your opinion.

Case Study:

Bill 101 in Quebec (charter of the French language) is a law that defines the use of French, which is the language of the majority of the population as the official language in Quebec.
This law was established in order to protect the French language and French culture in the province of Quebec in Canada.
Bill 101 is the central legislative piece in Quebec’s language policy.
Place de l'Assembée-Nationale
National Assembly:
August 26, 1977
The Committee had concluded that the bill had violated an agreement which is why the Bill 101 in Quebec was to be ceased or discontinued.
Many concerns about the restriction of the right have aroused which is partly why the bill has been put to an end.
As a whole, the many concerns and reasons for the concerns introduced by the citizens of Quebec is partly why the Bill 101 has been put to an end and is non-existent today.
The right that is in question is whether or not the citizens in Quebec should be permitted to use languages other than French, including English in the province.
When following the law of Bill 101 in Quebec, the citizens are responsible for never speaking or communicating in English but in French.
Also, the students in Quebec are not permitted to go to an English school or follow the English school system because it will be breaking the law by not pursuing the French language in everyday work, commerce, business, and communication.
Here is a video explaining the education
problems that arise with Bill 101 in Quebec.
Unreasonably, the citizens of Quebec are also responsible for not displaying themselves in any other religion than the French civilization in order to preserve the French culture.
Bill 101 in Quebec was instituted in order to promote the French language therefore, it severely restricts the right of communicating using the English language.
Even worse, this law also restrains who is able to attend English schools, which has seemed to be an ongoing drain for the English school system.
Other restrictions of this bill include the interference of employment rate for unilingual and even bilingual Anglophones who have inhabited in Quebec.
Unemployment Rate of Quebec
Overall, Bill 101 in Quebec limits education opportunities, job opportunities for people who do not speak French, the right to represent religious symbols, and restricts the freedom of communicating in the language of one’s choice.
What are the reasons for this restriction?
One of the reasons for the many restrictions of this bill is that the purpose of English being restricted in Quebec was to boost the amount of French that was spoken in the province as the official language of the area.
Evidence is clear that this bill has obtained its objective because the French language has thrived and surpassed the use of English.
To add, the purpose of headscarves, turbans kippas, and other religious wear being banned in Quebec was to protect and strengthen the French culture.
What was the eventual outcome of this case?
Government Perspective
In the end, the eventual outcome of Bill 101 in Quebec was that it failed to remain a law.
In 1993, the United Nations Human Rights Committee directed that the bill 101 that was established did not follow an international agreement on civil and political rights.
The rule was that a state has the ability to appoint one or more official languages but cannot exclude other languages from being utilized in the region.
What are the reasons for this outcome?
As had already been explained, the main reason for the outcome of Bill 101 in Quebec was because the law had violated an agreement constituted by the United Nations Human Rights Committee thus, putting an end to the bill.
This is why Bill 101 in Quebec was eliminated as a result.
Another reason for the result of Bill 101 in Quebec was because of the many complaints and accusations that came from many of the citizens inhabited in Quebec.
The majority of people living in Quebec at that time all believed that the large number of restrictions that came with the law was completely unfair and unreasonable.
What are some concerns about the restrictions of this right?
Societal Perspective
Very noticeable, many of the people living in Quebec where Bill 101 was passed and instituted despised the law because of the wrongful restrictions of the bill.
The first concern of this law was the education in Quebec and how English schools systems would be affected with a huge loss of students attending the school.
In addition, if French were to be used in the work force, think of the unemployment of those who do not know French and speak other languages instead.
Also, if you come from a religion that is displayed through clothing such as a kippa, then you would not be allowed to follow that religion and only pursue the French culture.
What are the reasons for these concerns?
In terms of the concerns brought up, many believed that the law would damage Quebec’s English community as well as paralyze small businesses.
Canada contains two official languages:
Even though the majority of Quebec is part of the French community, there are still numerous Anglophone citizens that need to be heard. This is the reason why there has been a major concern regarding the shrinking English community that will exist in Quebec because of Bill 101.
Talking about the law paralyzing small businesses, the people of Quebec are also extremely concerned about this arising issue because most of the small businesses in the region are all businesses based on the language of English.
With the new law put in place, due to dialect issues, the success rate of the company will immensely decrease, terribly affecting the workers in the area.
Do you agree with the outcome of this case?
As an opinionated piece, we agree with the outcome of the case and strongly believe that Bill 101 in Quebec should have never been formed.
The Bill 101 in Quebec is the wrong method to go about preserving the French language and culture and instead, has prohibited the use of the most common language in the world...
Rather than forcing everyone to uphold the French language and culture, why don't you just let it happen naturally, by people's own choice?
The beauty of Canada and the beauty of our world is the diversity of different languages spoken and different cultures and religions embraced.
Personal Perspective
The French language has never been in danger and to take away the language and therefore the culture and the presence in their original province of oneself as a justification to 'save the French language’, is as insane as Hitler's vision of his pure race!
It is the harmony and unity that forms freedom in society, not inequitable human races.
In the case, the United Nations Human Rights Committee is a group that reflects our opinion on this topic. The committee believes that official languages can be chosen among the province however, it is never acceptable to forbid a certain language or culture from being expressed. This is also what we consider the right decision.
We must reflect on our past to avoid conflict in the future in order to create a better society tomorrow than it is today.
Each group has a different case to study, however there is one meaning behind all of them.

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When Bill 101 was erased,
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