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Professional training in English: the CAQ could act

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The Minister of the French Language, Jean-François Roberge, is considering extending Law 101 to professional training . (Archive photo)

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The CAQ government could legislate to close a “loophole” in Bill 101: thousands of young immigrants follow their professional training in English, even if both their parents are allophones.

The Minister of the French Language, Jean-François Roberge, reacted to an article in the daily Le Devoir, revealing that in 20 years, more than 140,000 new Quebecers have followed professional training in English, in contradiction with the spirit of the Charter of the French language.

Mr. Roberge refused to speak of a breach, but rather spoke of a flaw.

Tuesday, the Parti Québécois (PQ) had filed a motion so that vocational training centers and adult training centers are subject to the provisions of the Charter of the French Language. The CAQ refused to discuss it.

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Pascal Bérubé is concerned about the “breach” in Law 101 identified by the French Quebec Movement earlier this week . (File photo)

There is a gap which was identified by Le Devoir and which was not filled, so we tried to do something, and the CAQ told us no, lamented PQ MP Pascal Bérubé, in the press scrum.

So, things are getting better and better, and I think that #x27;there are indicators that demonstrate it, he quipped.

He went to say that we were refusing the debate, it's the opposite, Mr. Roberge replied Wednesday morning, in an attempt to justify his refusal.

He maintains that he wanted to broaden the scope of the motion by adding general adult education, an amendment which would have been refused by the PQ.

Mr. Roberge has requested an analysis of the situation from his ministry and he has many questions to which he has no answers.

How many students study vocational training? In general adult education? In professional training in English? Their origin, are they new arrivals? Their basic language? Are they French speakers, allophones or English speakers?

A quote from Jean-François Roberge, Minister of the French Language

Without having these answers, the minister admits that he finds what is happening at the moment very, very, very worrying.

He therefore does not rule out a bill to strengthen the Charter of the French language. This is because there are more and more people using this oversight or loophole in the law. If there is a need to legislate, we will do it.

Data from the Ministry of Education compiled by Le Devoir revealed that in 2021 , 10,000 new Quebecers aged 16 and over were registered for professional training in English.

A little more than a third of all allophone students in Quebec in secondary vocational training obtained their diploma in English in 2021, we learned. And the true number could be even higher, since this data excludes unsubsidized schools.

The PQ was scathing regarding the record of the CAQ government in the defense of French.

We are still waiting for their plan for French, denounced Mr. Bérubé. I don't know if you have a date between now and Christmas. We don't have any, but the French don't wait, then they continue to retreat.

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