Originally Posted by Fabienne
Is that a measure to preserve the French language in Canada? What percentage of francophone parents would choose to send their kids to English-speaking schools, do you think?
The law was not created for francophones but aimed at the large numbers of immigrants who preferred to send their kids to school in English rather than French in the 60s and 70s. Only a tiny minority of francophones would consider sending their kids to English school.
While I am hardly a fan of Quebec language laws, in that respect, it was an appropriate piece of legislation so that new immigrants could be better integrated into French Canadian society rather than continue to be ghettoized in ethnic enclaves where their lack of French represented an impediment to their upward mobility. From that perspective, it has been very successful in achieving its objectives. Just like most laws nonetheless, it's not perfect and will have unintended consequences. I am not familiar with the hockey player case mentioned but the law applies to children of immigrants who were NOT schooled in English so if he was Canadian he would be exempt. Perhaps he was Russian or something.
The thing to remember is until the 1980s in many cases, school boards were divided along religious, rather than linguistic differences. The Catholic schools were French and the Protestant ones English.