Philippe and William Beaulieu hardly seem like threats to the survival of the French language. For one thing, they are still in elementary school. For another, they speak French at home and excel in the subject at school.
But the Beaulieu brothers and about 750 other children of military families in Quebec have become unlikely targets as the Parti Québécois government seeks to beef up the province’s language law. As part of Bill 14 introduced last December to “reinforce the status of French in Quebec,” in the words of the minister responsible, children of francophone Armed Forces personnel would be stripped of a 35-year-old exemption allowing them to attend school in English.
For the Beaulieu boys, who are in Grades 6 and 4, that would mean leaving the English schools they attend near CFB Valcartier outside Quebec City.
“I don’t think the government has considered the children in this issue…
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