Bill 96: Mayor of Rosemère Reassured by Government’s Intentions
Reacting to the tabling of Bill 96, An Act Respecting French, the Official and Common Language of Québec, Rosemère Mayor Eric Westram indicated that he was reassured by the government's intention to respect municipal autonomy by allowing local communities to choose to maintain their bilingual status, according to the document tabled on May 13 in the National Assembly.
"As the Mayor of a town with bilingual status, I welcome this bill from the Québec government, confirming the important role played by local governments, which form our municipalities. Beyond the numbers or percentages, there is the reality of our English-speaking community, which is alive and well in our living environment and is one of its founders. I am pleased to see that the Legault government is of the opinion—as are we, in fact—that it is up to Rosemerites to make this choice," stated Mayor Westram.
The Mayor of Rosemère said that he will closely follow the proceedings of the National Assembly in the coming months to make sure that between now and the time when the law is adopted, this provision of the bill will not disappear.