May 19, 2022

New Quebec political party says it’s pro-bilingualism and ‘unabashedly’ pro-Canada

A new Quebec political party says it aims to offer voters a pro-Canadian, pro-bilingualism option. The Canadian Party of Quebec (CaPQ) launched on April 25 what it calls a “progressive, rights-centered and federalist” approach.

It set out six founding principles:

  1. “Rights are rights are rights,
  2. “In respect of the integrity of the Canadian Constitution,
  3. “Bilingualism,
  4. “educational choice,
  5. “Prosperity for all Quebecers,
  6. “Reconciliation and Reconciliation.”

“The Parti canadien du Québec/Parti canadien du Québec will be an unapologetic federalist party that works tirelessly for minority rights, socio-economic justice and linguistic harmony,” said party spokesman Colin Standish. , in a press release. Press release.

The CaPQ seeks to take advantage of discontent with the ruling Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) and the Quebec Liberal Party.

But Standish promised the Canadian Party would also be “a party of substance, distinct values ​​and authentic ideas.”

“The time has come to offer a voice to the voiceless, particularly to Quebecers who feel betrayed and abandoned by the CAQ and the Liberal Party of Quebec.”

The CaPQ said it was in the process of establishing a social media presence and was seeking official clearance. He hinted that he planned to present candidates for the next provincial elections.

Asked on Tuesday what he thinks of the new party, Premier Francois Legault said official bilingualism could see the province go the way of Louisiana, where French once dominated but where currently only 7.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home.

He also championed Bill 101 – the Charter of the French Language – and his government’s proposed reform of landmark legislation, Bill 96.

“I think what these people want is to have a bilingual Quebec, and I think that if we want French to still be in place in 50 and 100 years, we have to have Bill 96, Bill 101, we need immigrants to attend French schools,” he said.

“And I think what they have to understand is that if Quebec is bilingual, unfortunately, the attraction in North America for English will be so strong that it would be a matter of time before we don’t speak French in Quebec and we become Louisiana. .”