“Culture war” against English: a Canadian province introduces a strict law on the French language, World News

Quebec, Canada’s largest province, must enact a tough new French-language law banning the use of English in public services, in what some have called a “culture war” against Anglophones.

The province of Quebec is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada.

It is the province with the largest area and the second largest population.

Much of the population lives in urban areas along the St. Lawrence River, between the most populous city, Montreal, and the provincial capital, Quebec.

Given the predominance of English in global popular culture, the nationalist party in power in the province, the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), maintains that severe measures are “essential” for the survival of the French language.

However, English-speaking residents of the province claim that Bill 96, due to come into force next year, discriminates against bilinguals and denies them essential freedoms.

Using a procedure intended to protect it from constitutional challenges, the bill proposes to unilaterally amend the Canadian Constitution to establish Quebec as a nation and French as the official language.

The extreme measure proposes more than 200 changes to the historic charter of the French language of 1977, including stricter language requirements for businesses and a cap on the number of Francophones who can attend Anglophone colleges.

(With contributions from agencies)