Parties ignoring anglo concerns, group says
A group representing more than three dozen English-speaking community groups across the province says, they're unhappy with the way anglos, and anglo issues, have been ignored by all the parties in this election campaign.
The director-general of the Quebec Community Groups Network, Sylvia Martin-Laforge, says she's frustrated that once again, politicians have been trying to score points off the English community in Quebec, despite years' worth of efforts by anglophones to better co-exist with their francophone neighbors.
"I believe that most of us have learned to live in Quebec peacefully. But then during the campaign, the rhetoric gets inflames, and we feel that we are other, and not a part of the larger community."
And she adds, no party has been better or worse than another in accommodating anglos, or making them feel more welcome, but she hopes that the next Quebec government will be able to move past the campaign rhetoric, and take steps to do just that.
"Hopefully the government coming in, whichever government that is, will take some pains to reassure English-speaking Quebecers that they are valued members of society."
Martin-Laforge says the QCGN is not endorsing any party in the Sept. 4 election.