Tag Archive for: English in Quebec

Canada’s language commissioner says he shares anglos’ concerns

Canada’s commissioner of official languages says he shares the concerns of Quebec’s English-speaking minority over proposed reforms to federal language policies.

“I do … share the concerns of Quebec’s English-speaking community that the addition of asymmetrical components to the act will undermine the equal status of English and French,” Théberge said in a statement.

“I therefore strongly recommend that the government focus on substantive equality rather than legislative asymmetry in order to protect official language minority communities across Canada and foster the development and vitality of both of Canada’s official languages.”

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Opinion: As an English-speaking Quebecer, I feel ‘in between’

We exist in two spaces at the same time, yet somehow in neither of them completely, like standing in the doorway between two rooms.

Throughout my life, I have sometimes felt that I do not fully belong. For instance, my dad is from Dorval, and his parents were active participants in West Island life. My mom’s parents were raised on farms in the hills northwest of Thetford Mines. Having been raised with roots in both communities, I feel at times that belonging to one excludes me from fully being a part of the other.

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