QC says extension of Bill 101 to cégep system unnecessary, receives criticism

January 17, 2022
The Government of Quebec education minister Jean-François Roberge has indicated that it is not necessary to extend Bill 101 to the cégep system. Instead, Roberge asserted that the priority would be on improving French mastery at the elementary and secondary school levels. The decision was criticized in editorials penned by Journal de Montréal journalist Rejean Parent and Journal de Québec journalist Mathieu Bock-Côté, who argued that the imposition of Bill 101 on the cégep system would have been a critical step in preserving the French language in the province. Université de Montréal Assistant Professor Olivier Jacques also wrote an article for Le Devoir about the CAQ party more generally, stating that the application of the Bill would have a positive impact on French acquisition, albeit at the cost of voters who want choice in their postsecondary education. Journal de Montréal | Journal de Montréal (Parent) | Le Devoir (Jacques) | Journal de Québec (Bock-Côté) (QC)