Economic Prosperity and Language Prosperity Go Hand in Hand
Language issues are among those that generate the most turbulent debates in Quebec. The Conservative Party of Quebec presents itself as the one who will develop the most innovative and rational solutions to emerging issues. This will be done in an ethical way by respecting everybody.
A Strong Economy Supports a Strong Language
It is a ‘beautiful language’ and it represents Quebecers most powerful cultural symbol. Our party is committed to be its ardent defender in Quebec and in Canada, so that it can, through a ripple effect, also shine outside the country’s borders. This undertaking is therefore one of the cornerstones of our platform.
The promotion of the French language will be at the forefront of our relations with the Federal government as well as with the other provinces and territories. The promotion of the French language in all public institutions, and the promotion of French immersion and student exchange programs will be one of our measurable targets. They will be implemented with tact and in a constructive manner without arrogance. Thus, with determination, the Conservative Party of Quebec promises to protect and promote the French language in the country. We look forward to a more bilingual and more harmonious Canada where Quebec takes its rightful place.
To the extent of its possibilities and of its responsibilities, a Government of the Conservative Party of Quebec will promote the vitality of the French language at the international level, particularly through artistic activities and exchange programs. We will seek to bring the different linguistic communities closer together by building bridges between them rather than erect barriers.
A Government of the Conservative Party of Quebec will promote the development of the French language by focusing on the attraction of the French language within the context of Bill 101.
Moreover, our love of the French language does not translate into fear of other languages. To be able to develop and prosper across the world, Quebecers, and especially our youth, need to learn other languages, notably English. A Government of the Conservative Party of Quebec will prioritize the improvement of the quality of its French language instruction in Quebec primary and secondary schools and will require a working knowledge of the English language as a minimum standard for all Quebec students to obtain a high school diploma.
We are opposed to the extension of Bill 101 to College students.
We will adopt, as a government, economic and fiscal policies which will end the relative decline that Quebec has come to know in the last 50 years. A strong economy will contribute to the development of French and increase its attraction. We will put an end to the exodus of our citizens and attract newcomers who will be happy to come and willing to work in French.
Minority language communities will be guided and encouraged to adopt our language as a means of mutual enrichment. We will end the perception of linguistic xenophobia on the part of the government.