The Rights Of The French Language

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Outside of attempting to achieve sovereignty, the Parti Quebecois has advocated for French language and cultural rights within Canada and Quebec for its entire existence. The most prominent advocacy is perhaps Bill 101, which entrenches the rights of the French language in the Canadian constitution . Championed by Leveque’s government in 1977, it outlined the terms which protected the French language in Quebec by setting out the terms of its use and access. The move was crucial to maintaining the position of Quebec in conducting business and the language’s ability to be used in an official capacity where before the only inclusions were where the stipulations in the British North America Act . Instituting such protection as law has gone from being part of their platform to the focus, given the cultural force English Canada possesses compared to Quebec’s.
English Canada due to cultural dominance as Canada’s majority group has the side effect of creating the Canadian identity presented to the world. As a consequence, English Canada’s concept of Canadian identity is often the view presented to the public, nationally and globally of what it means to be Canadian. This ability runs across multiple forms of media, but one clear example comes from a beer commercial shown in the early 2000s, known as “The Rant” . The tagline, “I am Canadian” goes on to accompany many images of Canada being experienced without a definition of what being Canadian is, as if it is innately assumed . This
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