Opinion: Montreal-area Anglophones need their own advocacy organization again

November 6, 2020 – Mark Twain has been rumoured to have said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” And for Anglophones, the 2018 election of the right-leaning CAQ government with only one Anglophone caucus member, Christopher Skeete, is reminiscent of the 1976 sweep of the left-leaning Parti Quebecois that likewise only included the British-born MNA David Payne.

To compensate for the then dearth of in-party connections to the new government, prominent English-speaking community leaders wisely chose to create a new non-partisan organization that could convene and lobby for the community as a whole. So was born Alliance Quebec in 1982, which had its successes in lobbying and litigation.