Bloc Quebecois doubles down on motion on Quebec nationhood, constitutional change

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The Bloc Quebecois is taking a second stab at getting MPs to recognize Quebec's right to unilaterally change the Constitution in line with proposed reforms to the province's language law.
    
Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet tabled a motion today in the House of Commons asking lawmakers to recognize that right, after confronting a single ``nay'' from a lone member of Parliament last month that stonewalled the Bloc's initial move.
    
Blanchet's motion seeks to clear a path for House recognition of Premier Francois Legault's attempt to amend the country's supreme law by affirming Quebec as a nation with French as its official language.
    
The legislation, known as Bill 96, has stirred up debate as experts fret that constitutional acknowledgment of a distinct society would push courts to interpret laws differently in Quebec or hand it greater provincial power.
    
Blanchet says Quebecers need to know where the parties stand ahead of a likely election this year, despite the fact that all parties voted in favour of a nearly identical motion less than three weeks ago.
    
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 15, 2021.