Minister for anglos calls for respect, civility

Posted By: Trudie Mason · 11/1/2012 10:20:00 AM

The PQ minister responsible for the anglophone community is issuing a call for civility between anglos and francophones in the wake of the most recent confrontation between an anglo passenger and francophone ticket-taker in the Montreal metro.

Cabinet minister Jean Francois Lisee won't comment directly on this week's altercation in the metro but he does feel the need to call for respect and helpfulness, particularly in public services.

"Everyone is not called to be bilingual, of course, but everyone is called to be civil, respectful and helpful," he said.

When asked about whether the PQ's drive to toughen the language laws might exacerbate tensions between the two communities, Lisee said nonetheless, civility must prevail.


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  1. C.J. posted on 11/01/2012 10:32 AM
    Please...Hollow words coming from this cat...His ideas are the cause of issues in Quebec. His words are not worth anything...
  2. abour posted on 11/01/2012 10:33 AM
    As an anglo , I find it offensive that we have a PQ minister responsible for the anglophone community.
  3. Meg posted on 11/01/2012 11:29 AM
    Solve it by only speaking english! They will get use to it..artds
  4. Mike_S posted on 11/01/2012 12:05 PM
    The minister does realize that it was an anglo who was attacked. Instead of directing his comments to the english commumity as a call for civility, he should be addressing the inflamatory remarks made by the PQ that are partialy the source of the current conflict.

    In effect his comments are that while the government will be harder on the anglo and alophone communities they should be polite in accepting it.
  5. James posted on 11/01/2012 12:25 PM
    Why does there need to be a Minister for "Anglos". like a Minister for "First Nations" ? Does Canada have a Minsiter for Francophones or second class citizens????
  6. James posted on 11/01/2012 12:45 PM
    This is the separatist letting us know that WE do not belong, rather we are an issue that the government needs to deal with. If this Havard degree carrying hypocrite who speaks fluent English wants to help the lowly Anglos in Quebec, he can move to recognize us as equal people, equal to the same separatist that scorn us.
  7. SA Optimist posted on 11/01/2012 12:51 PM
    To bridge the gap between any feuding parties, we must start by promoting mutual respect and civility. We may have opposing views, but we live in a country that grants the right to voice our opinion despite the language we speak.

    I also think that it's considerate to have a minister dedicated to representing and understanding the anglophone living in Quebec and I for one am hopeful that his presence will give us more of a voice. I might be bitterly disappointed. However, for the time being, I shall hear him openly and anticipate that his wise words will transpire into concrete actions that reflect the same values he's promoting.

    À suivre!
    1. Jon posted on 11/01/2012 09:29 PM
      @SA Optimist Did you read his comments before you posted here. When you arrive in lala land please send a post card to us.
  8. Jon posted on 11/01/2012 01:48 PM
    In order to get respect you have to give it to earn it. I see nothing here to indicate that this minister who is supposed to represent our interests is interested in us at all. The fact no member of the PQ government has openly spoken out to condem this incident is an admission of accepting it as ok and gives this type of person a green light to continue to behave like this. These incidents will only continue to get worse antil someone will be seriously hurt or worse killed.
    Bill 101 clearly states that when the circumstances dictate people should be bi-lingual in certain positions and service is one of them. It's time this government abided by the very bill they put into place. If this kind of thing ever happens to a US tourist they had better have deep pockets at the Metro to pay for it.
    Once again we are the laughing stock of the world as only here can this go without condemnation. Regardless fo what caused the event the women was clearly wrong as our society does not allow this kind of behaviour last time i checked the laws.
  9. Disappointed Quebecois posted on 11/01/2012 02:46 PM
    So Mr. Lisee agrees that the PQ's drive to toughen the language laws have indeed exacerbate tensions between our two communities. Great job so far!
  10. steve posted on 11/02/2012 02:19 PM
    Is this guy real? First he writes an magazine cover-article spreading his separatist propaganda about the perceived anglicization of Montreal.Then he calls for civility?His views have helped to inflame and encourage, this type of ignorant behavior.Don't make me laugh!
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