“Unjustified threat against Anglophone communities of the Townships,” Pierre Reid
“In putting into question the bilingual status of several municipalities in the Eastern Townships, the Parti Quebecois government has delivered an unjustified threat against vulnerable Anglophone communities,” commented Orford MNA Pierre Reid about the intention of the Minister responsible for the French language charter, Diane De Courcy, to revoke the bilingual status of many municipalities.
Having discussed the problem with representatives from the nine bilingual municipalities of the Memphremagog MRC, Mr. Reid believes that the Quebec government should be interested in other ways to defend the French language which represent the true interests of Quebec other than taking away the historic bilingual status that has been given to many communities.
“Faced with an aging population, the Anglophone communities of the Townships have priorities of keeping their youth in the region, bringing back young people who have left to work elsewhere, and attracting young families. Unfortunately, the pro-
jet de loi 14 which allows the Minister to revoke the bilingual status of a municipality adds a major obstacle to this desire of our Anglophone communities to revitalize after 6, 8 and even 10 generations living in the Eastern Townships, ” commented Mr. Reid.
In his opinion, Mr. Reid believes that the deputy of Saint Francois and Minister responsible for the Estrie Region, Dr. Rejean Hebert, should not appear so insensitive to this threat. His mandate is also to represent and support the Anglophone communities of his riding.
“The Anglophone communities of the Eastern Townships are vulnerable in the face of this threat and it is up to Minister Hebert to put pressure on his colleague De Courcy to remove the discretionary power to revoke the bilingual status of a municipality from the projet de loi 14. I am counting on meeting with the Minister as soon as possible to see how we can help our Anglophone communities to survive, ” concluded Mr. Reid.