One of the changes in the bill will extending the French certification process for some businesses; another will reevaluate Quebec’s bilingual municipalities and revoke status if necessary.

“The signal that Quebec is launching, saying that French is the normal language in Quebec, if you guys see different locally, then take it upon yourself to maintain it, if that’s what you guys want to do,” said Christopher Skeete, parliamentary assistant to the premier for relations with English-speaking Quebecers.

Jennings points out Quebecers should stop seeing the language debate as a battle-to-the-end between francophones and anglophones.

“I think that having a discussion about how to go about promoting and protecting the French language is healthy,” said Jennings. “QCGN and English-speaking minority communities have been strong defenders of the need to promote and protect the French language.”