If elected, the Conservatives will apply the French Language Charter to federally regulated businesses operating in Quebec, and seek to “modernize” the Official Languages Act within their first 100 days.
The Tories also have plans to adopt an official French version of the 1867 British America Act – for which only the English version currently has official status – as well as give more power to the Official Languages Commissioner and promoting an increase in francophone immigration outside Québec to “ensure that the demographic weight of francophone minorities will be maintained.”
If Erin O’Toole is elected his party will also no longer charge Québec user fees for its online streaming services or operate branding services like Tandem in competition with private francophone media, and provide increased content representative of francophone communities outside of the province.
As for immigrants settling within the province, the Tories will “give greater autonomy to Québec over immigration by revisiting the Canada Québec Immigration Accord to ensure that a higher proportion of immigrants settling in Quebec speak French,” and say that the province “will never be under-represented in the House of Commons when new parliamentary ridings are created.”
Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard