North Hat­ley News

– town wants to keep bilin­gual sta­tus

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier North Hat­ley

No res­i­dents at­tended North Hat­ley’s Jan­uary coun­cil meet­ing, keep­ing the meet­ing short and sweet. A new mem­ber was nom­i­nated to the Town Plan­ning and Her­itage Com­mit­tee. Michael Ro­chette has re­placed Ge­orge Cage.

The coun­cil passed a res­o­lu­tion to ask the pro­vin­cial government to al­low the town to keep its bilin­gual sta­tus; a sta­tus that is in jeop­ardy fol­low­ing the Parti Que­be­cois’ hard­en­ing of lan­guage pol­icy.

“We want to re­main a bilin­gual town. North Hat­ley has a long his­tory of English set­tle­ment – it has to re­main bilin­gual,” com­mented the town’s gen­eral man­ager, Leonard Castag­ner. The English pop­u­la­tion of North Hat­ley, now at 46 %, has dipped be­low the government’s re­quire­ment of fifty per­cent. With bilin­gual sta­tus, a town pro­vides doc­u­men­ta­tion and ser­vices “up front” in both lan­guages and can send out their tax bills in both French and English. With­out bilin­gual sta­tus, res­i­dents would have to make spe­cial re­quests to get doc­u­men­ta­tion in English.

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