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Canada Legault condemns Bill 96-'Gestapo' comparison

19:20  15 september  2021
19:20  15 september  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

Voting Liberal, NDP or Green would be dangerous for Quebec, Legault says

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François Legault wearing a suit and tie: Speaking at a news conference Wednesday morning, Premier François Legault reacted to comments made last week by Anne-France Goldwater during public hearings being held on Bill 96 by the Quebec Community Groups Network. © Provided by The Gazette Speaking at a news conference Wednesday morning, Premier François Legault reacted to comments made last week by Anne-France Goldwater during public hearings being held on Bill 96 by the Quebec Community Groups Network.

Premier François Legault said he takes offence at his government’s new language legislation being compared to the Nazi regime.

Speaking at a news conference Wednesday morning, Legault reacted to comments made last week by Anne-France Goldwater during public hearings being held on Bill 96 by the Quebec Community Groups Network.

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Goldwater’s comments, made in English during the hearing, took issue with the fact that the bill as written would encourage Quebecers to report those who violate the language laws.

“I think our tax dollars should go more to education, than to creating a new form of — please don’t get mad at me, I’m a Jew, it’s the language that comes to mind right away — we don’t need a new Gestapo, where we’re starting to fink on each other,” she said.

Legault said her comments were insulting.

“I find it unfortunate to hear these kinds of comments,” he said. “When she compares Bill 96 to the Nazi regime, I find it terribly insulting for the Jewish community. I hope the Jewish community will take her to task. I take her to task now. It’s completely absurd to say things like this.”

L. Ian MacDonald: Legault spoils Trudeau's morning, and perhaps more

  L. Ian MacDonald: Legault spoils Trudeau's morning, and perhaps more Justin Trudeau should have been feeling pretty good on the morning after the night before, about his strong performance in the second French leaders’ debate, and confident about his prospects for the upcoming evening’s one in English. And then François Legault went and spoiled his morning by tacitly endorsing Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole. As endorsements go, it doesn’t get any better in Quebec than that. Legault isn’t just the sitting premier of la belle province. He’s a highly popular leader, perhaps uniquely influential among francophone voters off the Island of Montreal. He represents a voter profile that is nationalist but not sovereignist.

There has been much strong language uttered against the law during the QCGN hearings, with others calling it unconstitutional and deeply troubling.

On Tuesday, Nakuset, an advocate for homeless Indigenous people, said, “people will die,” referring to the provisions in the law that will make it more difficult to receive vital health and social services in English, a language adopted by many Indigenous people.

She said Indigenous people already face racism and discrimination in hospitals, so adding another language barrier would make things far worse.

Despite the opposition to the law , the National Assembly on Tuesday unanimously adopted a Parti Québécois-sponsored motion calling for a formal apology for the “hostile trial launched against the Quebec nation during the anglophone televised debate of Sept. 9, 2021.”

Legault wants apology for 'unacceptable' federal debate question on Quebec laws

  Legault wants apology for 'unacceptable' federal debate question on Quebec laws QUEBEC — A question about two Quebec laws at Thursday night's English-language federal leaders debate was an unacceptable attack on the province, Premier François Legault said Friday. In her first question to Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, moderator Shachi Kurl described two Quebec laws — one restricting the wearing of religious symbols by certain government employees, the other a language law reform — as "discriminatory." "YouIn her first question to Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, moderator Shachi Kurl described two Quebec laws — one restricting the wearing of religious symbols by certain government employees, the other a language law reform — as "discriminatory.

The motion was in response to called a controversial question during last week’s leaders’ debate saying Quebec has discriminatory laws, including Bill 96 and Bill 21, which ban the wearing of religious garb by certain government employees.

On Wednesday, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said he agreed with the motion and that the consortium of media broadcasters that organized the debate should apologize.

This story will be updated.

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