No more English for Ma­gog res­i­dents

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Ma­gog

Fol­low­ing a com­plaint from the Mou­ve­ment es­trien pour le fran­cais, the City of Ma­gog will no longer send out in­for­ma­tion to its cit­i­zens in both French and English. From now on, all col­lec­tive doc­u­ments such as the electricity bills, do­mes­tic an­i­mal reg­is­tra­tion re­newals, and all other public com­mu­ni­ca­tions will be sent out in French only. To re­ceive the in­for­ma­tion in English, cit­i­zens will have to make a re­quest with each com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Re­fer­ring to the for­mer pol­icy of the City of Ma­gog to send out doc­u­men­ta­tion in both lan­guages, the Mou­ve­ment es­trien pour le fran­cais com­mented in their com­plaint that they “de­plore those kinds of schemes that qual­ify as the pro­mo­tion of English unilin­gual­ism and the non-learn­ing of French…it is an in­frac­tion of the Charte de la

langue fran­cais since Ma­gog is not rec­og­nized as a bilin­gual mu­nic­i­pal­ity.” Cit­i­zens have al­ready be­gun to re­ceive their mes­sages from the city in French only, be­gin­ning with the new com­post­ing guides.

Ac­cord­ing to the Mou­ve­ment es­trien pour le fran­cais web­site, the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s main ob­jec­tives are: pro­mote the French fact; make French the lan­guage of use, work and com­mu­ni­ca­tion in Que­bec; sup­port all ini­tia­tives aimed at pro­mot­ing ex­cel­lence in writ­ten and spo­ken French; de­fend the French lan­guage; and op­pose all po­lit­i­cal ini­tia­tives aimed at in­sti­tu­tion­al­iz­ing bilin­gual­ism in Que­bec.

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