05/21/2013 10:28 EDT | Updated 07/21/2013 05:12 EDT

Thousands push for rejection of Bill 14

Almost 40,000 people have signed a petition asking Quebec politicians to reject Bill 14.

The controversial bill outlines amendments to the province’s Charter of the French Language, known as Bill 101, as well as modifications to the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

The petition, drafted by the central parents' committee of the Lester B. Pearson School Board, gathered a total 37,749 signatures.

MNA Geoffrey Kelley, opposition critic for relations with the anglophone community, will present the petition to the national assembly on Tuesday.

He says the number of people who signed the petition shows the growing frustration among Quebecers.

“Every day there’d be another 500 signatures, another 700 signatures,” Kelley said.

He says Bill 14 will only deepen divides between Quebec’s English and French-speaking populations.

“People are saying enough is enough.”

Last week, two Parti Québécois ministers addressed concerns by publishing an open letter outlining amendments to Bill 14.

The letter acknowledged the need to protect bilingual communities and also said practices at l'Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) will be reviewed.

But Kelley said the changes don’t go far enough.

“I read that article quite carefully and it was long on words but very short in actual commitments,” he said.

The petition is expected to be presented to the national assembly on Tuesday afternoon by Kelley.

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