I don't know about you, but when I read a particular letter to the editor in The Gazette today, I was floored. The author is Brian Lipson and the headline reads, "English is not at risk, and anglos are not an oppressed minority".
First of all, Lipson in an American who lived in Montreal from 2003 until 2011. He's now a law student in Quebec City. With all due respect to the author, perhaps if he lived in Montreal longer, he would have a greater appreciation for what many Anglos go through.
Do I have to remind anyone about ticket takers in the metro who refuse to speak English? Or certain first responders who refuse to speak English?
As Lipson himself points out, the PQ government is doing all it can to strengthen Bill 101. He also points out that it hurts Francophones more because of fewer opportunities for those who don't speak, read or write English.
But that's what makes things worse overall for everyone.
Preventing more students from attending English school does hurt Francophones and immigrants but it also hurts the English school system because of declining enrolment.
There has been plenty of evidence of oppression towards the Anglophone community. And Lipson is simply wrong when he claims Anglos are paranoid and when he writes that it's not about Anglos.
Bill 101 is absolutely about everyone who lives in this province and to suggest otherwise is simply ignorant.