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Legal challenges to Quebec’s contentious language law being prepared

French language charter - Bill 96

Barely days after the controversial and sweeping new language law that overhauls the Charter of the French language was adopted by the National Assembly of Quebec, the groundwork for potential legal challenges was being laid in spite of the Quebec government’s use of the notwithstanding clause to shield it from judicial review.

A Montreal English school board announced shortly after the passage of Bill 96 that it will be contesting its validity, with First Nations possibly following suit as well as business, and even possibly the judiciary, according to legal observers.

“Parts of Bill 96 are extremely vulnerable,” remarked Julius Grey, a Montreal constitutional and human rights lawyer collaborating with other lawyers to challenge the new law.

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This story was originally published in Law360 Canada.

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