Anglos shouldn't fear PQ policies: Lisée

Posted By: Kevin Gallagher · 1/17/2013 10:29:00 PM

Close to 60 people gave Jean-Francois Lisée a warm welcome to discuss some controversial subjects at the Westmount Library.

The Quebec minister responsible for anglophones and Montreal was invited by the Westmount Municipal Association to discuss Montreal's economy, corruption, the Turcot Interchange and anglophone and francophone relations.

Lisée says anglophones are an important part of the future of Quebec. Adding the notion that Quebec should be as French as Ontario is English needs to be a thing of the past.

"It always struck me as being a program of cruel and unusual punishment for anglo Quebecers," said Lisée

Lisée says his goal is to have a Quebec where French is the common language but anglophones and First Nations feel secure in their rights.

A promise anglophnes listening to the speech hoped Lisee can keep.

The minister also defended his statement that Montreal needs more francophone families. He says the reduction in francophone households on the island of Montreal has fallen significantly since the 1970's due to policies encouraging urban sprawl.

Lisée has formed a committee to study this trend and is working on incentive base polices to encourage francophone and anglophone families to settle in Montreal instead of the suburbs.

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