Former Quebec premier demands French-only CÉGEP education for immigrant children

September 4, 2009

Former Quebec premier Bernard Landy believes the province should impose French-only college education on the children of immigrants. Landry says it's time to apply Bill 101, launched in 1977 with the goal of protecting the French language in Quebec, to the province's CÉGEPs to ensure immigrant youth are fully integrated as francophones. Among its restrictions, Bill 101 limits access to English-language elementary and secondary schools for immigrants and their children. The former premier was reacting to reports that for the first time there were more allophones (residents whose mother tongue or home language is neither French nor English) than francophones in Montreal schools last year. Canadian Press