Lisée goes to bat for Anglos at PQ conference

Posted By: Angelica Montgomery · 2/10/2013 2:53:00 PM

Jean-François Lisée stepped in front of 400 fervent Parti Quebecois supporters and told them the Anglophones community is here to stay.

"This was the first time I had the chance to test this different approach in front of a Parti Quebecois National Council meeting," Lisée told the English media in an informal briefing. His chat in front of party faithful was done in private, behind closed doors.

Lisée says he told devoted PQ members that he wanted linguistic stability, not just for French, but for English in Quebec, and that his government hopes the Anglophones community would remain for generations into the future.

"I asked, 'Do you agree with that?' and they applauded. They applauded. No one cried out against it in anyway" he says.

Controversy

He says he also addressed concerns over the Quebec Community Groups Network's song "Notre Home." Some members thought the song was meant to address all Quebecers, even though it was almost entirely in English.

Lisée says that was a communication problem, and he explained to the conference that the song was targeted towards Anglophones.

"There were no questions on it after that," he says.

But, on the issue of the STM, he says some PQ supporters did not agree with his view that some stations could offer more bilingual services. He says they will have to agree to disagree on that issue.

What's good about Anglos

Lisée says he also explained to the gathering that 80% of Quebec's Anglophones are now bilingual, that one in three of them are in a relationship with a Francophone, and that 10 thousand children who could go to English school instead choose the French system.

"We have to know what we're talking about when we're talking about Anglo-Quebecers"

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  1. Chris Eustace posted on 02/10/2013 05:18 PM
    February 10, 2013


    Communication Problem - Part 2


    The write-up above makes reference to a video : "Notre Home "


    An excerpt from the write-up :

    " Lisée says that was a communication problem, and he explained to the conference that the song was targeted towards Anglophones. "

    (Note: 'Anglophones' )

    No, it wasn't....Boy, talk about a " communication problem ."

    Consider : There was a common press release on January 17, 2013, put out by the Quebec government and the Quebec Community Groups Network .

    It was titled : " Notre Home : Bilingual hip-hop anthem and provincial tour to foster a sense of belonging among young Quebecers "

    This is an excerpt : " Given the popularity of the song and its accompanying video, the QCGN undertook to create a new version of the song as a means of reaching out to the Francophone majority. " ( Note : 'Francophone majority' )

    That said, it is true there are " 10 thousand children who could go to English school instead choose the French system. " That's good ! Parental choice !

    Now how about giving French-speaking parents the same opportunity : the parental choice to send their children to English schools , if they so wish.....

    Meanwhile, the PQ should scrap the part of Bill 14 that deals with military families and the lack of choice of the language of instruction for their kids.

    If people in the Armed Forces, whose job entails putting their lives on the line, at times, for others , they certainly should have the right to send their children to whatever school they want. - English or French .

    No communication problem : Vive Parental Choice !


    Chris Eustace

    (ret'd teacher)
  2. S Theberge posted on 02/10/2013 05:42 PM
    what happens with bill-14 and enforcing bill-101 ? Bill-14 must protect our anglos but acts only for nationalists.
  3. I. Bergman posted on 02/10/2013 05:46 PM
    As usual; what a bunch of two faced; un adultered seperatist CRAP.
  4. Hugh W Nugent posted on 02/10/2013 06:18 PM
    M. Lisee hit the nail on the head when he said "We have to know what we're talking about when we're talking about Anglo-Quebecers.

    In my personal experiences and differences are quickly cleared up as they are all due to misunderstandings, or perceptions based solely on media reports. (Big Mistake),

    Let's keep in mind that Mme Marois takes a harder line, why you ask, she effectively has no choice if she wants to remain leader. She must pander to the hard line in the PQ, and the other fringe groups.
  5. anglogirl posted on 02/10/2013 07:59 PM
    He forgot to mention we also pay taxes and buy goods and services which help to keep francos as well as anglos employed and of course pay for sacred trusts like cheap daycare and low tuition . Selective memory loss I guess .
  6. LMAO posted on 02/11/2013 06:51 AM
    Since these comments were made behind closed doors how can the truth of this statement be verified. Oh silly me i forgot all politicians are above reproach and don't lie.
  7. Johnathan Leger posted on 02/11/2013 10:23 AM
    While refreshing and long overdue, its also placating to help out their image... Its a smart move by lisée but obviously insincere at the same time
  8. cathy beaton posted on 02/11/2013 11:18 AM
    How terribly comforting that Lisee feels he must "justify" the present and and future presence of the "good" anglo-quebecers (80% bilingual, in relationships with francophones) to a bunch of PQ yahoos!
  9. warning posted on 02/12/2013 04:26 PM
    As pleasant as this man may seem right now, he is a wolf in sheep's clothing.
    Never ever be fooled by him.
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