Revisiting Bill 101, a major tent pole of Quebec’s language law, would be a priority for a Parti Quebecois government led by Jean-Francois Lisee, the candidate announced on Friday.

In an interview with TVA, Lisee said he is determined to strengthen Bill 101, saying doing so would “give Quebec its spine back.”

The leadership candidate said new arrivals to Quebec should recognize that they need moderate to advanced knowledge of the French language before even “getting on the plane.”

The Pauline Marois government, in which Lisee was a cabinet minister, was forced to abandon plans for Bill 101 reform in 2013.