Mr. Hébert must vote against Bill 14

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I was shocked to learn, thanks to La Presse in­ter­ac­tive map, that Len­noxville could lose its bilin­gual sta­tus if the PQ’s pro­posed leg­is­la­tion to re­in­force Len­noxville has al­ways been the core of the English speak­ing com­mu­nity in Sher­brooke. It is also the only place in the East­ern Town­ship where it is pos­si­ble to study in English from kinder­garten to univer­sity. If a town like Len­noxville could lose its bilin­gual sta­tus and its right to com­mu­ni­cate in both lan­guages with its ci­ti­zens, it is clear that the ide­o­log­i­cal in­ter­ests of the Parti Québé­cois at the English­s­peak­ing com­mu­nity’s ex­pense.

While I rec­og­nize the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing and pro­mot­ing the French lan­guage, I fail to see how tak­ing away the rights of the English mi­nor­ity helps in any way to achieve th­ese goals. This is merely a way for Pauline Marois to re­open the ref­er­en­dum de­bate and cre­ate di­vi­sions among the pop­u­la­tion. I would hope that the min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for the East­ern town­ships would ac­knowl­edge the his­tor­i­cal back­ground of the re­gion and not sup­port any pol­icy mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble for ci­ti­zens to re­ceive in­for­ma­tion in the lan­guage of their choos­ing. Af­ter all, let us re­mind the government that we are all Que­be­cers, whether we speak French or English.

Ré­jean Hébert won

the last elec­tion by promis­ing to rep­re­sent all ci­ti­zens of the St-François rid­ing. In the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, when the rights of many ci­ti­zens in the rid­ing are threat­ened, it is time for him to prove he really meant it. I call on Mr. Hébert to vote against

is un­bal­anced, I in­vite you all to sign the of­fi­cial pe­ti­tion https://www.ass­nat.qc.ca/en/ ex­primez-votre-opin­ion/pe­ti­tion/

Alex G. Pot­ter

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