PQ under fire after minister calls English a ‘foreign language’

The Parti Quebecois’ attacks on the English language are a sign of intolerance and desperation, say critics.

Education Minister Marie Malavoy suggested cutting back on English classes for first-grade French students. She also floated the idea of scaling back intensive English courses taught to Grade 6 students in French schools.

But it was the words Malavoy used to describe the English language itself that caused the most outrage among critics.

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English groups are also concerned that the PQ might have them in the crosshairs.

Sylvia Martin-Laforge, whose umbrella group represents 41 English associations in Quebec, says Malavoy’s rhetoric risks dividing English and French youth.

“What chance is there for bridge-building?” asked Martin-Laforge, director-general of the Quebec Community Groups Network.

“They’re just exacerbating the problem of two solitudes.”

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