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Faut pas croire tout ce qu’on dit – Interview with Sylvia Martin-Laforge

“Si on veut avoir des services en anglais, il faut faire attention.”

On Saturday January 7, QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge was among five speakers on the Radio-Canada radio show called “Faut pas croire tout ce qu’on dit” with host Michel Lacombe. This show adressed the results of a Canadian Heritage survey which was first commented by journalist Philippe Orfali in Le Devoir (click here for the article).

Listen to Sylvia Martin-Laforge’s interview:

Listen to the full show:

 

Two solitudes, two statements (FR)

“L’avenir du bilinguisme au Canada est, pour l’essentiel, une affaire de francophones. Si les trois quarts d’entre eux jugent cette langue menacée, à peine le tiers de leurs voisins anglos partagent cet avis, révèle un sondage commandé par Ottawa à la veille du 150e anniversaire du pays.”

Bilingualism’s future in Canada might only be a Francophones issue according to a survey by Canadian Heritage. In this article from le Devoir, Philippe Orfali comments on the “two solitudes” argument which seems to be validated by low results from English-speaking citizens about the state of French language in Canada. Such results might be suprising, but not shocking, comments Linda Cardinal from the Chaire de recherche sur la Francophonie.

QCGN Director General, Sylvia Martin-Laforge, commented that more contact between the solitudes might change English-speaking Canadians’ vision of linguistic minorities and their precarious state. On the other hand, Maxime Laporte, president of Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste praised the awareness campaign about linguistic issues, especially for the future of French language in Canada.

Read the full article in Le Devoir