A new anglo voice?

Posted By: Richard Deschamps · 1/25/2013 6:00:00 AM
A new group currently gathering momentum is looking to act as an umbrella group to speak for federalist anglophones in Quebec.
 
The group, called Canadian Rights in Quebec -- CRITIQ for short -- has a similar mission to groups like Alliance Quebec; to promote linguistic equality and combat language discrimination.
 
And it was created, in part, to counter the possibility of tougher language laws coming from the recently-installed PQ government.
 
"They've been in the formation stages ever since the PQ got elected," says Mike Cohen, the Cote St. Luc city councillor who sat in on one of their meetings. "And I think it's comforting for the English community to know that there's a group like this that's establishing itself."

Businessman Gary Shapiro is spearheading the movement, and among some of the other notables involved include former politicians Robert Libman and Gerry Weiner, Suburban editor Beryl Wajsman and political columnist Barbara Kay.

For more on CRITIQ, visit their web site.

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  1. Chris Eustace posted on 01/25/2013 07:15 AM
    January 25, 2013

    Good .

    I'm 'in' because this newly formed Quebec-based organization, is one, in which, one of its founding principles is " Choice for Education in English and French."

    Furthermore, 'Canadian Rights in Quebec' (CRITIQ) is not a political party ; its aim in Quebec is to " protect those rights and freedoms invested in all Canadian citizens" by the nation's constitution.

    Chris Eustace

    (Anglo Quebecer, ret'd teacher)
    1. Steve F posted on 01/25/2013 05:11 PM
      @Chris Eustace In total agreement. Until the point that the PQ and its equally racist brethren achieve their goal of dooming unilingual Quebekers to a North American ghetto who's only ally is France (if they dont have enough of their own problems to deal with - perhaps the Scot's will help them out?), every Canadian citizen remains a Canadian citizen, regardless of the province in which they reside. If somehow, Canadian citizens residing in Quebec are somehow "less equal than others", then perhaps we should start looking at giving them some tax relief. After all, if you are not valued as a Canadian citizen in Quebec, if the Quebec government under the PQ is going to refuse you access to services in one of the official languages of Canada, why on earth should you be obliged to pay taxes for a service that the government refuses to provide?
    2. Alex Hankewicz posted on 01/27/2013 10:51 PM
      @Chris Eustace Any group or individuals that put themselves out there to provide support and speak for anglo rights in this province are welcome. Although the PQ have assigned JF Lisee as a point man to the anglo community,he speaks soothing words ,shows up for photo ops but has no influence into legislation that would lessen impact of Bill 14 and Bill 101.
  2. Bill posted on 01/25/2013 08:41 AM
    Pointless effort, unless you are in a position of power to change laws, it won't matter.

    Even the Equality Party who were in the NA couldn't stop the tide.

    The Anglo community has to enlist the silent Quebecois who don't support the measures by the PQ.

    And target associations outside the province who are responsible for directing tourists here.
    1. jane curwood posted on 01/25/2013 11:31 AM
      @Bill "Pointless effort," ! Ideas and words have historical power. Do we just lie down and stay silent and give up our rights as a Canadian? History has taught us how stupid it is to let anyone with an axe to grind have control over education, which then becomes an instrument of closing not opening young minds.
    2. Bilingual Montreal posted on 03/02/2013 08:32 PM
      @Bill The only pointless effort I see is to write this kind of comment to discourage others, while comfortably occupying the couch with your rear.
  3. Realist posted on 01/25/2013 09:15 AM
    As long as there is talk and no action this exercise doesn't do much. That being written, I am in favor of any group that will try to oppose the disenfranchisement of the English speaking community.
    I hope they can mount an effective protest of bill 14 and see that it is not enacted.
    Perhaps they can write a song about it.
  4. Ken Flecknell posted on 01/25/2013 12:59 PM
    Come on Canada, time for Federal government to get involved and tell Quebec, Either allow choice of English or French throughout Quebec or all transfer payments will be cancelled due to forfeiture of Canadian rights to Education in the language of their choice. Harper, Man Up.
    1. Jenny posted on 01/25/2013 03:00 PM
      @Ken Flecknell I totally agree with you Mr. Flecknell, but I think our pleas will fall in deaf ears with the Federal Government and the French will run this province to the ground. We get NO support from our elected LIBERAL (PLQ) MNAs what makes you think the Federal Government will do a thing to protect the English? It would be a great proposal if Mr. Harper called Mme Marois and said either ALL Quebecers have a right to be served in either French or English - if you do not comply you get NO funding from us. That would be great, but it will never happen because NO ONE CARES. Especially the Quebec Liberal Party -
      The Fench will get worst and worst because the PLQ are allowing them to do so. Our children are being harrassed during their school outings, our English citizens are being beaten by STM employees and SAAQ employees - and our Liberal Leaders in Quebec are actually saying they will not touch the Bill 101 because it is an effective law. REALLY?
  5. Umaga posted on 01/25/2013 02:04 PM
    Do I really want Robert Libman , Beryl Wajsman , and the pride of the National Post Barbara Kay claiming they speak for me ? Next they'll be digging up Howard " Candle Boy " Galganov , talk about your representative cultural cross-section of the Anglo community !
    I hope they enjoy the same resounding success and longevity as Alliance Quebec and the Equality Party !
    1. jeff ray posted on 01/27/2013 07:32 PM
      @Umaga whats your plan gutless wonder?

      While I may not be crazy about all the names you mention above, at least their actions speak louder than your useless and completely unhelpful words!

      You're part of the problem at least they are trying to be part of a solution!

      Jeff Ray
  6. mp posted on 01/26/2013 08:57 AM
    My brother -in-law Jean , a french quebecois a pure laine. he happened to be speaking english to someone..A french person went up to him and said he should be speaking french in Quebec. He turned around and said to the guy when Madame Pauline Marois stops speaking english, I will start to speak french. Everyone maybe we do not speak enough english here. Please speak english as much as you can so they can get use to it and maybe they will pick up a few words and speak to us..
  7. chevymo posted on 01/28/2013 01:12 PM
    I resent the idea of an 'anglo community' I am a bilingual QCois Canadian living in a Francophone community where I expect to be allowed to integrate like any other tax paying Canadian Quebecoise - without distinction ... not be segregated, accomodated, herded into a community apart ... creating division is creating linguistic barriers ... get rid of them ... demand inclusion not segregation ... and certainly not the statist control of anyoner 'umbrella' group ...
    1. Annoyed posted on 01/29/2013 05:48 PM
      @chevymo Well I resent that fact that I have less rights than francophones and as such actually require an anglophone community to represent me in the first place but hey, as long as you got your nice little "francophone community" I suppose the rest of us don't really matter, right? Only our big anglophone wallets...
  8. Montréal Bilingue posted on 03/02/2013 08:30 PM
    Not the newest voices, no... we have been hearing these for decades now. I think it's time for the young generation, who grew up without old inequalities to speak up.
    It is nice of them to come and share their knowledge, but we can't let dominate those, that haven't managed to solve this for all this time, at times making the division worse.

    It is time for the bilinguals and pro-bilinguals to rise.
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