Ré­jean Hébert and Serge Cardin must op­pose Bill 14

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TheQue­bec Lib­eral Party re­gional Pres­i­dent, Mar­tine Gen­dron, wel­comes Sher­brooke’s res­o­lu­tion and asks Ré­jean Hébert and Serge Cardin to stand up for the English speak­ing com­mu­nity in the East­ern Town­ships and vote against the con­tro­ver­sial Bill 14.

On Tues­day, Sher­brooke City Coun­cil unan­i­mously voted in favour of a res­o­lu­tion de­mand­ing that only a res­o­lu­tion from the con­cerned bor­oughs could lead to the loss of their bilin­gual sta­tus. Mme Gen­dron in­sists that Serge Cardin and Ré­jean Hébert must come clear on where they stand on this Bill and de­fend the in­ter­ests of the English-speak­ing com­mu­nity.

“There is a need to reach a bal­ance be­tween the pro­tec­tion of the French lan­guage and in­di­vid­ual lib­er­ties. It is clear that this Bill is un­bal­anced when a com­mu­nity like Len­noxville, who is a pil­lar in the devel­op­ment of the re­gion and a key player for the English-speak­ing com­mu­nity in the East­ern Town­ships, may lose its bilin­gual sta­tus. There is now a clear con­sen­sus with the unan­i­mous adop­tion of a res­o­lu­tion by the Sher­brooke City Coun­cil. Mr. Hébert and Mr. Cardin must de­fend the in­ter­ests of the Len­noxville ci­ti­zens who could lose their right to re­ceive their bor­oughs’ com­mu­ni­ca­tions in the lan­guage of their choice”, says Mme Gen­dron.

Len­noxville could lose its bilin­gual sta­tus if the Marois government’s pro­posed leg­is­la­tion passes. The bor­ough of Len­noxville would no longer be al­lowed to send in­for­ma­tion to its res­i­dent in both lan­guages. Other crit­ics of the Bill have been raised, es­pe­cially re­gard­ing the neg­a­tive eco­nomic out­comes for Small and Medium En­ter­prises. Max­im­i­lien Roy


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