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A legislative move in Quebec has broad implications

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Significance

The legislation has significant implications for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a key element of Canada’s constitution, as well as the wider concept of national unity, while signalling a new phase of Quebec nationalism.

Impacts

  • Quebec separatism will increasingly find expression in the far-left Quebec Solidaire party, rather than the Parti Quebecois.
  • The CAQ will avoid a provincial referendum on separation for the foreseeable future.
  • If Bill 96 becomes law, some English speakers will begin to leave Quebec to escape its language requirements.
  • Immigrants may also be more wary about relocating to Quebec rather than other parts of Canada.

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