Petition calls for English to be used on Quebec road signs
Quebec MNA David Birnbaum
Published Thursday, December 8, 2016 9:28AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, December 8, 2016 9:42AM EST
In the week since it was opened, 1,300 people have signed a petition calling for Quebec to use English on road signs.
The official petition at the National Assembly says while French is the official language of Quebec, the law does permit English to be used in addition to French on signs if it's a matter of health and public safety.
The petitioners argue notices such as risk of aquaplaning, slow down, turn on your headlights are obvious public safety notices that should be understood by all drivers.
They argue that unilingual drivers including tourists are unlikely to understand a notice such as "Voie cahoteuse"
Cote St. Luc councillor Ruth Kovac approached Birnbaum with the idea several months ago, and lawyer Harold Staviss drafted the document.
The MNA for D'Arcy McGee, David Birnbaum, opened the petition at the National Assembly, and it can be signed until March 2, 2017.
It is available to be signed on the National Assembly's website.