By Geoffrey Chambers
Measures to promote and protect French are welcome, but not steps that would suppress English and the English-speaking community.
As citizens of the sole bastion of French in North America, English-speaking Quebecers have accepted the need for rules and practices to protect and support the French language and culture. We are also committed to living and thriving in a predominantly French Quebec. We are increasingly bilingual, with every succeeding census recording a gain of several percentage points in our competence in French. The 600,000 members of our community who voted with their feet over the last half century have left behind them pretty much only those who are committed Quebecers to enjoy all that is good about living here.