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'Ethnic minorities' renamed under Bill 14

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Published: 19 Feb 2013

Are English-speaking Quebecers, First Nations people, black Quebecers, Italian Quebecers and Jews minorities or cultural communities? The label might not seem important. But in fact, the words matter, say critics of Bill 14, the Quebec government's proposed law to tighten up the province's French-language charter. […] Ethnic minorities are protected under international human-rights law but that's not the case for cultural communities, says Pearl Eliadis, a human-rights lawyer who teaches at McGill University.

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