An Office of Anglophone Affairs is needed now more than ever
Editorial, The Gazette
Quebec’s roughly 800,000 anglophones are used to being ignored by the government of the day.
When the Parti Québécois is power, anglophone rights are a low priority, to put it mildly. When the Liberals are in power, anglophones often feel taken for granted. Once their votes are counted and a handful of English-speaking ministers are named, they frequently feel their interests are forgotten, or sacrificed as a matter of political expediency.
With limited clout in Quebec City, anglophone Quebecers have instead poured their energies into institutions of vital importance to the community: hospitals and English school boards. Working from within these bastions of community control, they have long maintained a sense of self-determination, worked to protect their linguistic rights and thrived as a vibrant minority.