Make Your Own Bill 101

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So you think you know a better way of protecting the French language in Québec? You’ve figured out how to balance the rights of 7 million French-speakers gasping for air in a sea of more than 300 million English-speakers while respecting the rights of a historical English-speaking minority, natives and newly arrived immigrants? You’ve figured out the precise spot where one person’s right end and another’s freedom begins?

Do it!

Today AngryFrenchGuy introduces Make Your Own Bill 101, a fully public Wiki where Purzédurzs and Angryphones can work together, hand in hand, to create a better language law for Québec.

If my past attempts at fixing bill 101 are any indication, you bitches only enjoy whining and you don’t have many actual alternatives offer.  But I’m giving it another shot anyway.

MYOB101 begins with the Charter of the French Language as it stands on March 31st 2009. In the spirit of Wikipedia, Make your Own Bill 101 makes the French Language Charter Open Source. Anyone can change it, tweak it, fix it, add rules and remove rules. It was inspired by, a make-your-own-language-law wiki created by Hywel Williams, member of the British House of Commons to design a language law for Wales.

To get things started, I’ve already made a few changes to the law myself.

1.  From now on, a minimum of three complaints against a business or commerce will be required before the Office Québécois de la Langue Française can begin an investigation and potentially issue a fine.

2.  To discourage vigilantes, persons filing complaints with the OQLF shall provide proof that they live, work or own property in the same postal code, or in a postal code adjacent, to the business against which the complaint has been filed.

3. Businesses will no longer be required to have a French name.  That is silly and useless.  (English-only names are cheesy, tacky, and unimaginative.  But we can’t start having laws against that…)

4.  fines for repeat offender will be tougher.

You have a better idea?  Please be my gest.

Written by angryfrenchguy

April 6, 2009 at 2:32 pm

431 Responses

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  1. “I have no problem with the monarchy“

    You can`t be serious.

    “I actually think an independent Québec should keep that good old Betty on as head of State“

    You can`t be serious.


    April 27, 2009 at 7:29 pm

  2. Believe it.

    Even more amazing is that I too am neither landed immigrant nor citizen here. But calice I’m a taxpayer and that makes the rest of my family guilty by association.

    I’ve got top guys working on it, Johnny, but thanks for the offer!


    April 28, 2009 at 12:40 am

  3. She’s a good Sheila and not at all stuck up.


    April 28, 2009 at 12:44 am

  4. And I on the other hand, am a federalist but also an anti-monarchist.

    So there you go.


    April 28, 2009 at 8:28 am

  5. Your position seems far more sensible, but far less sensational.


    April 28, 2009 at 11:58 pm

  6. If Quebec were to separate, we allos and anglos would be screwed regardless of who is head of state. We’d all have to pack up and jet.


    April 29, 2009 at 8:35 am

  7. Why? What would change except that Celine Dion’s face would replace QE2’s on the 20$ bill?


    April 29, 2009 at 9:31 pm

  8. “If Quebec were to separate, we allos and anglos would be screwed regardless of who is head of state. We’d all have to pack up and jet.”

    You can move to the ROC if you want…pas de probleme pour moi.


    April 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm

  9. one. “There wasn’t room for other people. There’s alyaws a lot being airbrushed out. His great-grandfather was the richest man in Europe who lost all his money at Monte Carlo. That wasn’t mentioned [in The Russian Album]. It also didn’t mention that Count Paul Ignatieff ran all the pogroms in Russia. ‘Rounding up all of the Jews to protect them from outraged peasantry’ – that’s as mealy-mouthed a description of what his great-grandfather did as is conceivable.” The same relative recalls reading George Ignatieff’s 1985 memoir, The Making of a Peacemonger, before Michael Ignatieff edited it, noting: “It was far more interesting, though less well-written.”


    May 27, 2012 at 10:40 pm

  10. At last! Someone with real exsretipe gives us the answer. Thanks!


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