One of the first challenges to Bill 96 has begun in a Montreal court.
A coalition is seeking an injunction of the application of two sections of the law before they come into effect in September. The two sections, 9 and 208.6, require corporations or legal persons to have all their court documents translated into French.
“Our view is that that translation requirement is unconstitutional and it violates section 133 of the Constitution Act of 1867,” explained Adam Sternthal, one of the plaintiffs.
Section 133 of the act says the English or French language may be used “by any person or in any pleading or process in, or issuing from any court of Canada established under this act, and in or from all or any of the courts of Quebec.”