Former Canadian Liberal Party MP Marlene Jennings speaks at an event called ‘Our Long Walk Home’ in Montreal, August 1, 2020, where organizers encouraged people to take part in their campaign to buy back and rebuild lots where the negro is housed. Community Center (NCC). (The Canadian Pres. / Graham Hughes)
MONTREAL – An organization representing the English community of Quebec says they are seriously concerned about the possible impact of the new bill on the province.
According to the Quebec Community Groups Network, Bill 96 is far-reaching, complex, and an important revision of the Quebec legal order.
QCGN chief Marlene Jennings told reporters today that the bill seeks to amend 24 provincial statutes as well as the 1867 Constitution.
Jennings says the government’s preventive use of the notwithstanding clause to protect the bill from certain constitutional challenges creates a “charter-free zone” with a wide range of interactions between citizens and the province.
She says her group has asked the federal Attorney General, David Lametti, to ask the Supreme Court in Canada to study the constitutionality of Bill 96.
The legislation, tabled in May, is an important reform of the province’s signature language law, known as Bill 101. The government has said that the purpose of Bill 96 is to confirm that French is the only official language of the province and the common language of the Quebec nation.