Another agency is urging Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette to apply Act 101 to CEGEP. This is the Lionel-Groulx Foundation which will testify in parliamentary committee on Tuesday. His voice is thus added to that of the sociologist Guy Rocher, the essayist Frédéric Lacroix and the former deputy Pierre Curzi.
“The English CEGEP has really become an anglicizing choice,” said the CEO of the Lionel-Groulx Foundation, Myriam D’Arcy, in an interview. “It all comes down to the years of post-secondary studies, when young adults choose their field of study, their social network, and then naturally their integration into the labor market. Hence the importance, according to her, of restricting access to CEGEP in English.
In Bill 96, the Minister responsible for the French language, Simon Jolin-Barrette, proposes instead to give priority to Anglophone rights holders while limiting the growth of new places in the college network to 8.7%, i.e. demographic weight of English-speaking Quebecers in the population.
“It is a measure that we find good, but which will not reverse the trend unlike the application of Law 101 at the college level,” she responded. In its brief, the foundation cites statistics from the Institute for Research on French in America to the effect that 19% of Francophones who studied in English at CEGEP expect to work in French. This rate is only 8% among allophones who nevertheless completed their elementary and secondary studies in French before obtaining a college diploma in English.
The Charter of the French Language, better known as Bill 101, restricts education in English at the elementary and secondary levels to children of whom one of the two parents has himself attended an English school. It would thus prevent francophone students from attending an anglophone college if it were extended.
The Lionel-Groulx Foundation also advocates the application of a moratorium on the funding of Dawson College expansion projects and the renovation of the Royal Victoria Hospital for McGill University. She believes that the Quebec government should also try to repatriate powers in the area of culture and communications to allow it to showcase the works of local creators on online distribution platforms.
Consultations in parliamentary committee on Bill 96 are to continue until October 7. The testimony of the Consortium of English-speaking cégeps, colleges and universities of Quebec is expected on the 5th.