This bill provides an amendment to section 29 of the Civil Service Act by adding the following subsection:
(3) In preparing the list mentioned in subsections one and two of this section, the commission
shall, for appointments to positions in the province of Quebec, give preference to the competitors who have, by the examination, been shown to be capable of speaking and writing correctly the French language and who have been shown at the same time to have a working knowledge of the English language, and shall for appointments to positions in the other provinces give preference to the competitors who have, by the examination, been shown to be capable of speaking and writing correctly the English language and who have been shown at the same time to have a working knowledge of the French language.
The reason for this amendment is to promote the learning of both official languages of our country, by Canadians of both English and French extraction, especially among those who seek positions in the civil service. Therefore this bill, if enacted into law, would be a contribution to better understanding between French and English speaking Canadians, and a means of promoting national unity.
Subtopic: PREFERENCE TO COMPETITORS SPEAKING BOTH LANGUAGES