Bernard Landry wants French mandatory for immigrant CEGEP students

Former premier wades back into political debate

Former péquiste premier Bernard Landry has jumped into the headlines once again–and, once again, created a potential nightmare for the party he once led. Reacting to a recent La Presse story reporting that Allophones now outnumber Francophones in Quebec public schools, Landry said the government should make French mandatory for immigrant CEGEP students. A favourite of the PQ fringes for decades, Landry himself didn’t implement such a policy when he was premier; doing so, after all, would collapse the PQ’s already-shaky support within immigrant communities–the very ones PQ leader Pauline Marois is trying to woo.


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