The riding of Bourget, in Montreal, could soon bear the name of the father of Bill 101. The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) has undertaken to rename it “Camille-Laurin”.
The deputy for Bourget, Richard Campeau, took the steps by launching a petition to this effect on the website of the National Assembly. Quebeckers will be able to consult it until the beginning of next month.
“I invite all Quebecers, regardless of their partisan affiliation, to support this idea. Mr. Laurin has had an indelible impact on Quebec society, whether as a politician or as a psychiatrist, ”the elected Caquist representative said in a press release.
Already last summer, Mr. Campeau was testing the waters. “The reaction looks pretty good,” he told Metro.
“As a new chapter in the linguistic file will open this winter, it seems more than legitimate to honor the memory of Camille Laurin by renaming the constituency in her name.” – Richard Campeau, Member of Parliament for Bourget
If the idea were to go ahead, the government would have to go through Elections Québec and the Commission for Electoral Representation (CRE). In 2017, it approved the name change of the Crémazie constituency – also in Montreal -, which has since become Maurice-Richard.
To rename a constituency in honor of a personality, the independent organization requests that the latter have “an influence on the scale of Quebec” and “a link with the territory of the constituency targeted by the name”.
Camille Laurin is widely recognized as the creator and father of Charter of the French language. Elected in Bourget in 1970, then defeated in 1973, he ran again under the banner of the Parti Québécois (PQ) in 1976. He regained control of the county while the independence party came to power for the first time.
Camille Laurin spent his three times as a member of Parliament in Bourget, in the east of Montreal. These are the boom years for the PQ in the sector.
First Minister of State for Cultural Development, Camille Laurin began the creation of his future Law 101, which would be adopted in 1977, after an important societal debate. As a result, French becomes the only official language in Quebec.
The elected official who died in 1999 held several important ministerial positions during his political career, first in Education, then in Health and Social Services, for a brief period.