Quebec MNAs reject extending Bill 101 to colleges

February 17, 2011

A motion against a Parti Quebecois proposal to apply the province's language laws to CÉGEPs was adopted Wednesday in the National Assembly by a vote of 65-45. The PQ's proposal to extend Bill 101 to college-level education would mean enrolment in English CÉGEPs would be restricted to high school graduates from Quebec's English school system. The PQ's language critic argues that Montreal is becoming "anglicized," even though figures in his own report on the matter show that the percentage of anglophones in the city is actually declining slightly. The leader of Action democratique du Quebec says the PQ is "radicalizing," noting that the trend is for allophone children to enrol in French CÉGEPs anyway. Montreal Gazette