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RAWQ Statement on the Official Languages of Quebec and Canada

The members of the elected Board of Directors of the Regional Association of West Quebecers (RAWQ) issue the following statement on the official languages of Québec and Canada.

Canada is a country constituted of ten provinces and three territories. We support an Official Languages Act of Canada that recognizes two official languages, English and French, in all provinces and territories of Canada. We support an Official Languages Act of Canada in which the federal government of Canada is the protector of the two official languages in all ten provinces and three territories. We continue to support the principle of symmetrical federalism from sea to sea to sea.

However, we have great difficulty in observing a provincial government with a substantial majority of seats in the National Assembly of Québec continuing to resort to the undemocratic tactic of closure (le bâillon) to silence debate from the Official Opposition and the two other opposition parties.

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