Lawmakers voted unanimously that Quebec needs to use its own emoji “as soon as possible”
The Quebec Provincial Assembly continued to seek wider recognition of Quebec’s citizenship on Wednesday and passed a motion unanimously required to use the emoji of the Quebec flag.
The bill was proposed by the Quebec Party. Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon acknowledged the “lighter” nature of his bill, but he also complained that other autonomous regions (such as Scotland) also have their own emojis.
Pramonden said in Quebec City on Wednesday morning: “Quebec has the same rights as several other countries in the world, and has the right to be proud of and show such pride on social media.”
The wording of the non-binding bill evokes the importance of having “obvious visual identity” on the Internet.
It also called on the government “as soon as possible” to ask for emoji from the Unicode Consortium, a non-profit organization that sets international standards for text data exchange.
The motion was supported by all four political parties in the National Assembly and passed without debate.
Earlier this month, the Quebec coalition government proposed legislation that, in addition to strengthening the protection of French, also proposed a unilateral amendment to the constitution to recognize Quebecers as a nation.
It is not clear which of these two measures to confirm the country is more likely to be successful.
Although federal leaders have expressed their willingness to accept Quebec’s nationality amendment, some constitutional scholars have reservations about whether to act legally without the consent of Ottawa or other provinces.
Unicode has not yet responded to CBC News’ request for comment. The outgoing voicemail message informs the caller that the emoji request cannot be made over the phone.
The members of this organization include the world’s major technology companies, including Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft.