Liberal MP Anthony Housefather turned his back on his own party Monday by voting against a federal bill that would revamp Canada’s Official Languages Act.
With the backing of the Bloc Québécois, the Conservatives and the New Democrats, the Liberal government bill breezed through the House of Commons. The final vote: 301 Yes; 1 No.
Now that MPs have adopted Bill C-13, it heads to the Senate. The Trudeau government hopes it will become law by summer.
Housefather’s defiance came after groups representing anglophone Quebecers vehemently objected to Bill C-13, saying it’s a blow to Quebec’s linguistic minority.
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