No to the automatic bilingualism of judges

In the pages of Newspaper yesterday, 25 important personalities in Quebec, including Guy Rocher, signed an open letter to position itself in the debate on the protection of French.

More specifically, against the position of the Chief Justice of the Court of Quebec, Lucie Rondeau, who got involved in a cabal in favor of mandatory bilingualism for judges.

What is the crux of the problem?

To sum up, Justice Rondeau wants to appoint bilingual judges. According to her, it is important for judges to be able to hear cases in English and in French in Quebec. She even decided to go to court in order to proceed.

If it is true that it may be necessary in Montreal or in the Outaouais, for example, it is difficult to understand why the criterion of English at all costs should be necessary to be a judge in Saint-Jérôme, or even in Percé in Gaspésie. .

A judge who plays politics

In addition, we agree with the idea of ​​having a pool of bilingual judges so that citizens can have a trial in their language (which is not the case in the rest of Canada, by the way ).

Why this obstinacy of Judge Rondeau in wanting new judges in Terrebonne or Sept-Îles to necessarily speak English? And even in Montreal, there are still many Francophones who would be very well served by a French-speaking judge, knowledge of English not being necessary for all.

If we follow Justice Rondeau’s logic, that immediately excludes very good unilingual francophone lawyers from the position of judge, and that has no place in Quebec.

The National Assembly has taken a unanimous position against automatic bilingualism, as have two former ministers of justice in Quebec, Marc Bellemare and Paul Bégin.

Judge Rondeau should stop playing politics and realize that she lives in Quebec, the only French-speaking state in the Americas.

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