The Legault government wishes to commemorate Camille Laurin’s contribution to Quebec society by renaming the riding of Bourget, located in eastern Montreal, in homage to the father of Bill 101.
The representative of this riding, the CAQ MP Richard Campeau, will launch a petition on Tuesday to collect the signatures of Quebecers in order to support his approach in this direction.
The document should be officially presented to his colleagues at the Bleu salon on March 9 or 10, i.e. on the eve of the 22nd anniversary of Camille Laurin’s death, on March 11, 1999.
“The idea of the petition is to make sure that Quebeckers are behind the idea,” the MP explained in an interview, refusing to set a precise number of signatures to be reached.
As the government prepares to present a reform of the Charter of the French language, Mr. Campeau admits that “the timing is there”. He has already discussed it with the offices of the Prime Minister and the Minister responsible for the French language and both have shown interest in the initiative.
Camille Laurin’s family also supports the request, says Richard Campeau, adding that he had a discussion with the brother of the former PQ minister, Pierre Laurin.
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Once the petition is tabled in the National Assembly, two options will be available, explains the member for Bourget. Either a request is addressed to the Chief Electoral Officer responsible for this file, or a bill is adopted to formalize the change of name.
“What follow-up will be given, there are still technicalities to settle, but for the moment we are really concentrating on the petition and that will lead to a way of proceeding”, adds the one who also occupies the functions of parliamentary assistant to the Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change.
The riding of Bourget was represented by Doctor Laurin from 1970 to 1973, from 1976 to 1985, then from 1994 to 1998. Following the election of the PQ government of René Lévesque in 1976, Camille Laurin became Minister of State to Cultural Development with the mandate to create a new linguistic law.
The following spring, he tabled in the National Assembly what would become the Charter of the French language, better known as “Bill 101”.
Even if he admits to never having voted in favor of the independence of Quebec, Richard Campeau says to be a fervent supporter of the French fact.
The county of Bourget is named in memory of Ignace Bourget, bishop of Montreal from 1840 to 1876. Richard Campeau denies wanting to put it on the index: the memory of the religious is already carried by several places and road links in Quebec .
The riding of Crémazie, in the north of the island of Montreal, is the latest to be renamed. Thanks to the representations of its MP, the Liberal Marie Montpetit, it now bears the name of the famous hockey player Maurice-Richard since the last provincial election in 2018.
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