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The Conservative candidate in Portneuf, Jacinthe-Eve Arel, accused the Liberals of flipping on Bill 96 on the French language. He criticizes students in English-speaking CEGEPs for voting against the plan after submitting amendments such as imposing three compulsory subjects in French on their curriculum.
“It is unheard of in the history of Parliament for MPs to propose amendments to a bill and ultimately vote against it,” said Mr.me Arel during a discussion on immigration, language and identity on Mario Dumont’s TVA show last Friday.
Mme Arel needs to brush up on his parliamentary history lessons. L’Heure Juste did not have to look so far to find cases of deputies passing amendments during the study of the bill before voting against it.
Take the example of Vincent Maricel, MNA for Quebec Solidaire in Rosemont, during the study of Bill 66, adopted in December 2020, which aims to accelerate certain infrastructure projects in the context of Covid-19. It was the second version of the controversial Bill 61, which was finally dropped by the CAQ. Mr. Marisal passed amendments related to consultation with indigenous peoples and protection of wetlands before voting against the bill.
And during Friday’s debate, Jacinde-Eve Arele’s Liberal opponent, Julie White, didn’t fail to respond that it was routine practice: “That’s what we all do every day. That’s the job of parliamentarians. [C’est] To make sure that the bill, for us, is the least bad thing possible. We voted against, and there are things that we would remove.
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