"I don't think I have ever felt such pride to rise in this house and express myself in my language, our common language, French," Simon Jolin-Barrette said as he set in motion the final adoption process for Bill 96.

Rising in the legislature shortly after noon, Simon Jolin-Barrette, who has steered the 200-article bill through the various legislative hoops over the last 12 months, dramatically set in motion the final adoption process which will end, probably in the week of May 23, with a vote in the house.

“I don’t think I have ever felt such pride to rise in this house and express myself in my language, our common language, French,” Jolin-Barrette said, kicking off the final round of remarks from MNAs about the bill, which has revived Quebec’s age-old language debate.

“This law, Mr. Speaker, is a law about Quebec pride. Long live the French language and long live Quebec.”

But with the exception of Québec solidaire, which plans to vote in favour of the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s bill at the third and final reading, the other parties are not impressed — albeit for different reasons.

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