Lisée goes to bat for Anglos at PQ conference
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.
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"