Pierre-Boucher-Les Patriotes-Verchères MP Xavier Barsalou-Duval, as well as his team, extracted and counted the data from the 2021 census to find that the drop in French is very real in driving. The member deplores the situation and proposes solutions.
“The data we have collected shows that our guide is no exception to the downward trend in French seen in the rest of Quebec. In just 5 years, the percentage of people with French as their mother tongue has decreased by 2.2% in Pierre-Boucher – Les Patriotes – Verchères. For those who speak French more often at home, the drop is 1.5 points. The drop in French here therefore corresponds to the Quebec average “, analyzes Xavier Barsalou-Duval.
A major drop in Boucherville
Remember that even though the decline of French in Quebec began several decades ago, data from Statistics Canada indicates that the decline is accelerating from previous censuses. Boucherville is also the municipality that has suffered the most marked decline in horse riding, with a loss of 3.3% for the mother tongue and 2.6% for the language spoken most often at home. French is therefore declining more rapidly in Boucherville than in the rest of Quebec.
“Thanks to its geographical proximity to Montreal, Boucherville is particularly exposed to the demographic changes of the metropolis. The regression of French is no longer a phenomenon limited to the island of Montreal. After Laval, now it’s up to the South Shore to suffer the consequences. If we do nothing, the situation will only get worse in the next few years ”, the parliamentarian from Pierre-Boucher-Les Patriotes-Verchères worries.
The Block offers solutions
In search of lasting solutions, the Québécois Bloc has presented a bill to ensure that knowledge of French becomes mandatory for obtaining citizenship in Quebec. The party also wants federal companies to be subject to the French language charter and for Quebec to gain more powers in selecting its immigrants. However, both liberals and conservatives are firmly opposed.
“We have no choice. We must act quickly for the French if we are to reverse the trend. Even though Quebec’s latest election campaign showed that there was a consensus in the National Assembly on the sense of urgency, the message is still not getting to Ottawa. . If the federalist parties persist in showing closure by rejecting any proposal that has structuring effects, the Quebecers will have no choice but to see that Canada is a dead end and that the only viable solution for us is independence “, concludes Xavier Barsalou -Duval.