Political Report: Trudeau Government Concerned About Bill 96, Quebec’s New Language Law


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government has “concerns” about the latest version of Quebec’s new language law, which was passed Tuesday afternoon, and will closely examine its details before deciding what to do.

The controversial bill passed by a vote of 78 to 29, opposed by the Liberals and the Parti Québécois.

During a news conference in Vancouver, Trudeau was asked if his government would take legal action against Bill 96.

The Prime Minister said that the job of the federal government “under my watch” is to protect minorities, in particular official language minorities.

Mr. Trudeau said that it is important to support Francophone communities outside of Quebec, but also extremely important to protect Anglophone communities within Quebec.

“We are concerned about the latest version of House Bill 96 that is being voted on, I think, this afternoon, but we continue to watch very, very carefully what final form it will take and we will make our decisions based on what we see as the need to keep people protected. minorities across the country.

The legislation, intended to strengthen the province’s French language charter, would impose stricter language requirements in Quebec workplaces and municipalities, limit the use of English in courts and public services, and grant powers of search and warrantless seizure in the Quebec language. regulator. It would also limit enrollment in English university colleges where students would have to take more courses in French.

As an explainer here points out, critics have said the bill will limit access to health care and justice, cost college teachers their jobs, and increase red tape for small businesses.

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CANADA FACES HIGH INFLATION: POLOZ – Former Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz has said Canada is headed for a period of slowing growth and high inflation known as “stagflation,” though he said this will not necessarily last long or result in a full recession. history here.

GG DELIVERS A eulogy for the missing children of the Kamloops Residential School – Governor General Mary Simon delivered a eulogy for the missing children of the Kamloops Indian Residential School on Monday as the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Nation gathered to mark the completion of one year. grieving period. history here.

CALL FOR CHANGE IN LUXURY TAX – Canada’s aerospace and shipping sectors are urging parliamentarians to block or review a planned new luxury tax included in C-19, the government’s budget bill, warning it will hurt to manufacturers and will lead to widespread job losses. history here.

KENNEY RULES OUT RUNNING FOR UCP LEADERSHIP – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney quashed speculation about his immediate political future on Saturday when he explicitly declared that he would not enter the race to elect a new leader for his United Conservative Party. history here.

GARNEAU SAYS IT’S FINE – If things had gone his way, Marc Garneau would be foreign minister today, continuing a career in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinets that began when the Liberals came to power in 2015. Story here.

ONTARIO ELECTIONS – Queen’s Park reporter Jeff Gray reports on how the Ontario NDP is hoping its leader, Andrea Horwath, gets lucky for the fourth time as she leads the party in her fourth consecutive election campaign. history here. In the meantime, there’s an overview of Ontario’s election today here, as party leaders focus campaigning on the Greater Toronto Area.


CAMPAIGN ROUTEThe Conservative leadership candidates are largely in Montreal ahead of Wednesday night’s French-language debate in Laval. Scott Aitchison is doing a meet and greet event in Montreal on Tuesday night. roman baber also has a “meet and greet” night with supporters in Montreal. John Charest is in Montreal preparing for the debate. pierre polièvre is in Montreal, where he announced that he has written to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland to ask her to give people a gas tax break this summer. There is no news about the whereabouts of patrick brown either Leslyn Lewis.

TORY MEMBER WITHDRAWS MEMBERSHIP – A Conservative Party member who sent a racist email to Patrick Brown’s leadership campaign has resigned from his membership, end the party’s investigation into the matter. History here from CBC.


TODAY IN THE COMMONS – The House is adjourned until May. 30

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OLIPHANT IN AFRICA – Robert Oliphant, parliamentary secretary to the foreign minister, will visit South Africa, Malawi and Tanzania from May 22-27 and hold talks with government officials, civil society organizations, the private sector and others on shared priorities, including global health, democracy, climate cooperation and multilateralism. He will also discuss the impacts of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

WILKINSON HEADING TO BERLIN The Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister for Natural Resources, will attend the G7 Environment, Energy and Climate Ministerial meeting from 25-27 May 2022 in Berlin, Germany.

BILL MORNEAU UPCOMING SPEECH – Former Finance Minister Bill Morneau is back in the spotlight as he delivers a keynote address on the direction of Canadian economic policy at the CD Howe Institute’s annual directors’ dinner in June. 1 in Toronto.


Tuesday’s edition of The Globe and Mail podcast features a journalist Connie Walker who has been reporting on indigenous stories for most of her career, speaking about the importance of healing by sharing the truths, what she discovered about her own family’s secrets, and her new podcast, Stolen: Surviving St. Michael’s. In the past year, Ms. Walker decided to look into her deceased father’s past after her brother shared a story following the discovery of 215 unmarked graves at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in BC The Decibel is here.


In Metro Vancouver, the Prime Minister attended private meetings, met with a local family to discuss federal housing investments, delivered remarks and made brief media availability. The premier, along with British Columbia Premier John Horgan, was also scheduled to make an announcement about the 2025 Invictus Games and visit a food bank to meet with volunteers.


Schedules for party leaders have not been released.


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Campbell Clark (The Globe and the Mail) on how conservative leadership contenders should debunk the conspiracy theory some candidates espouse: “For weeks, many parliamentary and senatorial offices have been inundated with emails from people demanding that they stop an impending move to cede Canada’s sovereignty to the World Health Organization. The thing is, that’s not happening. However, there are apparently many people who think it is. That includes at least two Conservative Party leadership candidates, Leslyn Lewis and Roman Baber.”

John Ibbitson (The Balloon and the Mail) on how, as rural Ontario becomes less rural, the political culture of the province could change:Rural Ontario as we know it may not exist for much longer as cities flourish, farmlands turn into suburbs, and professionals migrate to the countryside and work remotely. In this election, Lanark–Frontenac–Kingston can stay blue. But Ontario’s political culture could be changing, as rural Ontario becomes less rural every year.”

Melanie Paradis (Contributed to The Globe and Mail) on how the wave of anger that brought down Jason Kenney is a danger to all conservatives: “The currently ongoing Conservative leadership competition has spent more time focusing on who did and did not get on a plane to Davos than on how Canada will deal with an impending geopolitical confrontation with China, or how to build supply chain resilience. . while the continent faces an alarming shortage of baby formula. We are indulging in the dangerous fantasies of people lost in their Facebook feeds instead of acting the way serious people who want to run a G7 country should act.”

Mark Winfield and Peter Hillson (Policy Options) On Doug Ford’s Understanding of Political Durability: “How is it that Ford Conservatives, in early polls, appear to be on course for victory when their public policies are at odds with the priorities of Ontarians or the policy lessons of the pandemic? The answer, at least in part, is the Ford administration’s rhetorical ability to explain the challenges of COVID-19 and other developments. Ford has also been helped by the opposition’s inability to provide a compelling counter-narrative, one that goes beyond the managerial approach emphasizing the balance between conflicting interests and agendas”.

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