Jean-François Lisée wants to strengthen Bill 101 — with Bill 202

Alarmed by census figures which show French declining in Quebec — particularly in Montreal — the leader of the Parti Québécois is putting forth a set of new measures to protect French.

Jean-François Lisée met the media Thursday to announce that in the first 101 days after taking power in 2018, the PQ will table what Lisée calls Bill 202.

Under the terms of the new law, 100 percent of new arrivals to Quebec, and their spouses, have to demonstrate at least an intermediate knowledge of French before they can come here.

Refugees, however, would be exempt from the new law — they will be allowed significant time to master French.

He's also proposing extending the reach of Bill 101 for businesses with fewer than 100 employees, and to workplaces that fall under federal jurisdiction.

Quebec students, meantime, won't be able to get their CEGEP or university diplomas at anglo schools unless they display an advanced knowledge of French.

More to come.