Bernard BIGRAS

BIGRAS, Bernard

Personal Data

Bloc Québécois
Rosemont--La Petite-Patrie (Quebec)
Birth Date
June 4, 1969
economist, political adviser

Parliamentary Career

June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
  Rosemont (Quebec)
  • Bloc Québécois Caucus Chair (June 17, 1998 - January 1, 2000)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
  Rosemont--Petite-Patrie (Quebec)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
  Rosemont--La Petite-Patrie (Quebec)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
  Rosemont--La Petite-Patrie (Quebec)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
  Rosemont--La Petite-Patrie (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 282 of 282)

October 2, 1997

Mr. Bernard Bigras (Rosemont, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the hon. member for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce accused Lucien Bouchard of being against bilingualism.

In fact, Quebec could be a role model for second language teaching. Second language classes are compulsory from the fourth grade to the end of college. It is in Quebec that second language teaching is the most rigorous. It is therefore not surprising that Quebec is the most bilingual province in Canada, with 35 percent of the population speaking both English and French.

However, the Bloc Quebecois denounces the fact that, in Canada, the onus of bilingualism is on the francophones. Forty percent of francophones in Quebec and Canada are bilingual, compared to only 8 percent for anglophones.

In English Canada, bilingualism is too often the last step to assimilation for francophones, which is just what the English provinces want. Denying this fact amounts to refusing to fight against it.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Bilingualism
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