The CAQ’s leader broke with tradition during his French-language victory speech by switching to English to tell Anglophones, ‘You are like us, first class Quebecers…You have always been among us, part of our history.’
Politics in the Francophone province has long reflected the linguistic divide. CAQ won predominantly on the back of the votes of rural Francophone Quebecois, but it also had a strong showing among the minority English speaking community.
Legault has said he would require migrants to pass a ‘French language and values test’ within three years of their arrival. He also promised to reduce their number from 50,000 to 40,000.