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Improving access, quality of services

The Montreal Gazette
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Re: “Anglo panel sounds familiar” (Letters, April 13) In his letter, Robert Libman characterizes as unnecessary the revamped regulation announced by Health Minister Gaétan Barrette to oversee the creation of access plans that guarantee the delivery of health and social services in English to our community.

As a former MNA, Libman should know that rights obtained by Alliance Quebec in negotiations with the government in 1986 only guarantee services where plans are in place that actually define those services.

As a result of massive reforms in the health-care system, many of those plans are either out of date or out of service. Over the past few years, we have received frequent complaints about the lack of access to services in English, a recurring problem throughout the province.

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Letter: Why the QCGN rejects Bill 14

 

The Gazette, Letter: Dan Lamoureux 

Since Bill 101 was passed some 35 years ago, English-speaking Quebecers have made tremendous efforts to speak the language of Quebec’s majority. We consider French to be the common language of Quebec. Most of us speak French every day, even if we speak English among ourselves, and in the privacy of our own homes. The majority of English-speaking Quebecers — 69 per cent of us — are bilingual. This reflects our integration in Quebec and our commitment to the French language.

In order to maintain a shaky linguistic truce, our post-Bill-101 generation has accepted restrictions on our language. Those who did not leave during the mass exodus of the 1970s have learned to live with Bill 101. However, we are opposed to any new measures that would undermine the vitality of our communities.

The overwhelming reaction of English-speaking Quebecers to Bill 14, the proposed overhaul of Bill 101, or the Charter of the French Language, has been negative.

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Opinion: Fellow anglos, don’t let Bill 14 get you down

The Gazette, Letters to the editor, Tim Thomas

As a former scholar and policy analyst, and as an anglophone who has lived in Montreal for more than 50 years, I have been struck by the resurgent themes on the Opinion page of The Gazette when it comes to Bill 14 and the language issue. Thoughts of Bill 22, St-Léonard in the 1970s, Bill 101, Alliance Quebec, the Equality Party, Howard Galganov and the partition movement have all flashed through my head.

“Here we go again,” I thought at first.

But then I realized that’s not really true, that Quebec is a much different place than it used to be.

The forces that have always driven the Quebec sovereignist movement — the desire for cultural preservation and the need for a nation-state — have been transformed dramatically by globalization. Increasingly, English has become a tool for global commerce and communication. Most forward-looking Quebecers realize this, and are telling their children that English is a necessary tool of advancement in the global economy.

The best way to live and prosper in French, then, is to nurture a healthy economy that is fully capable of dealing in English, but not threatened or overwhelmed by it.

Who knows, someday, having an English-speaking minority might even be perceived as an asset.

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