Lennoxville to lose bilingual status
Lennoxville Borough mayor, David Price, confirmed yesterday that the legal department of the Town of Sherbrooke had read into article 82 of Bill 14, the bill to replace parts of Bill 101, that it would remove the guarantee that the 2001 decree gave to the Borough that it would remain bilingual as long as Lennoxville requested it.
Article 82 is one of those ‘benign to read’ little pieces of law-writing anthology masking its true purpose.
Our translation: Article 6 of the 850-2001 decree of July 4, 2001, regarding the agglomeration of the towns of Sherbrooke, Rock Forest, Lennoxville, etc., is abridged by the suppression of the second paragraph: Said article 3 of the decree regarding only Borough 3 of the new town and giving it bilingual status, and the second paragraph giving the Borough of Lennoxville the sole authority to ask that this status be removed.
Numerous emails to either the local M.N.A, Health Minister Réjean Hébert, or Diane DeCourcy remained unanswered yesterday, Dr. Hébert’s office saying they could comment today.