An Act to amend the Citizenship Act (adequate knowledge of French in Quebec)


Mario Beaulieu  Bloc

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Second reading (House), as of Nov. 2, 2018

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This enactment amends the Citizenship Act to require that permanent residents who ordinarily reside in Quebec must have an adequate knowledge of French in order to obtain citizenship.


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Citizenship ActRoutine Proceedings

November 1st, 2018 / 10:30 a.m.
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Mario Beaulieu Bloc La Pointe-de-l'Île, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-421, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act (adequate knowledge of French in Quebec).

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to introduce a bill on citizenship and adequate knowledge of French in Quebec.

The French language is a defining characteristic of Quebeckers as a people, and we are extremely proud of that. To ensure that French survives and thrives, it has to be the common public language in Quebec, as stated in our Charter of the French Language. It constitutes the common good of all Quebeckers of all origins.

Under Canada's current law, knowledge of one of its official languages, English or French, is required. It is high time that adequate knowledge of French was required for obtaining citizenship in Quebec, which has been recognized as a nation by the House of Commons.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)