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Opinion: Quebec secretariat for anglophone relations is making a mark

It’s been a long road for the English-speaking community of Quebec since Bill 22 made French the official language of the province in 1974. Bill 101, two independence referendums and countless other events soon followed. The socio-linguistic context that has emerged has changed the English-speaking community of Quebec irrevocably.

Close to half a million anglophones have left the province, many of the community’s institutions have been assimilated or transformed, and the struggles with a host of socio-economic problems, ranging from adequate care for seniors to high rates of youth unemployment, have devitalized many communities.

I am among the many English-speaking Quebecers who understand that it was necessary to protect, preserve and promote the French language in Quebec, surrounded as it is by a sea of North American English. I just didn’t think that the English-speaking community in Quebec — my community — would end up paying such a steep price for that commitment.

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New secretariat for relations with English-speaking communities welcome by CAMI

“Dans la foulée du dernier remaniement ministériel du gouvernement de Philippe Couillard, la ministre Kathleen Weil hérite du nouveau secrétariat dédié aux Relations avec les communautés anglophones du Québec.”

In this radio interview to CFIM, Helena Burke, director general of the Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders (CAMI), presented her beliefs that the new Secretariat will help English-speaking minority communities, especially in isolated sectors, to access Quebec government services in their language.

The creation of a new Secretariat is an action sought by the Quebec Community Groups Network for a few years. It was suggested by Premier Philippe Couillard that its creation was forthcoming.

Listen to the interview on CFIM’s website (in French)