Lisée plays down 'angry anglos' poll

PQ minister refers to anglos as 'distinct society' within Quebec

Jean-François Lisée referred to Quebec anglos as a 'distinct society'.
Taylor C. Noakes/CJAD

Quebec cabinet member Jean-Francois Lisée is taking anglo anxiety about the province's future and their place in it with a grain of salt.

A recent poll commissioned by the CBC that showed that 75 percent of anglos are angry at the PQ government, and about half have thought about leaving the province.

But Lisée doesn't think that will translate into an exodus down the 401.

He says there is always a heightened sense of anglo anxiety under a PQ government, and that this isn't the worst he's seen.

After the 1995 referendum, he says 70 percent of anglos considered leaving. "But the good news was, they stayed," he says,

He even said anglophones are a "distinct society" in Quebec.

"They are part and parcel of who we are, the way we think, the way we combine French and English innovation," he says.

He acknowledges that most anglophones disagree with his government on many issues, but encourages them to express their opinions at the ballot box.

Photo by Taylor C. Noakes

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  1. LMAO posted on 02/28/2014 03:07 PM
    After the 1995 referendum, he says 70 percent of Anglos considered leaving. "But the good news was, they stayed," he says,

    He must be reading from the new history of Quebec curriculum.
  2. Joe posted on 02/28/2014 03:21 PM
    The Anglophones do express themselves at every election by voting against the clan but he knows very well its the Francophone vote that decides the day, so the more they turn the screws on Les Autres the better it goes.. But on his part knowing very well that the English population does vote against them, he and the clan should be listening, Oh but they are, Bill 101, Bill 14, not allowing children to go schools of their choice, tell us what language to speak in business's we own and pay taxes to this racist government, have employees that our tax dollars pay for get us in to headlocks after we ask them for assistance in that dreaded foreign language.
    And we are not supposed to be angry, you tell me JF two faced Lisee.
    And yes if your clan wins the election I will be going, and the door might hit me in the ass on the way out but it will hit the clan harder when the brain drain leaves you and the pure laines are left with the leftovers that can not afford to go.
  3. sam posted on 02/28/2014 03:59 PM
    Everyone here knows, especially Lisée, that for Montrealers, the Quebec provincial ballot box is a useless, emasculated joke. Now he's just laughing at Montreal and ITS distinct society.
  4. Maged Bishara posted on 02/28/2014 04:35 PM
    The problem is not that Anglos are a distinct society in Quebec. Anglos associate themselves as being Canadian and living in the Province of Quebec.

    That is the main difference and cannot be reconciled with differing catch phrases to lead to the fact that Quebec is its own nation.

    Many French Quebecers feel the same way by the way.

    And divisive fear mongering politics meant to separate the people will not work in the end. Quebecers voted twice to avoid separation and they will continue to do so. This is the end result of the PQ’s policies.

    The PQ’s desired goal is to whittle away at the “no” vote until they have the proper atmosphere to attempt another referendum.
  5. realist posted on 02/28/2014 05:26 PM
    JPL has no idea how fed up Anglos are . He is partly right , most will not high tail it down the 401 , but their children and future taxpayers will . Quebec will also lose some of the best and brightest Francophones who see a better future outside this sinkhole .What will be left is the old, the infirm and the losers , but not to worry , you may not have doctors or nurses , but you won't have kippahs or hijabs .
  6. iam posted on 02/28/2014 06:20 PM
    He encourages anglophones to "express their opinions at the ballot box." That's a nasty joke Lisée. You know as well as every Quebec politician does that the anglophone vote is concentrated in Montreal and that the Montreal vote is thoroughly emasculated when it comes to Quebec provincial "democracy" . Ha ha hah nasty but perversely funny prince.
  7. George Grummett posted on 02/28/2014 07:20 PM
    Lord Lisée, Sieur de Monteregie.
  8. RAmon posted on 02/28/2014 10:57 PM
    Good cop...
  9. Yes posted on 02/28/2014 11:37 PM
    I hope they rep what they sow; if the PQ do come in I think many will be very surprised that many will leave and many will make real plans to leave. Taking any investments they have with them.
  10. AKearns posted on 03/01/2014 08:52 AM
    I guess it's simply a coincidence that I'm writing this from our home in Ontario - not from what was our home inMontreal ? I guess it's a coincidence that my company transferred me here in 1994? I guess it's also a coincidence that there are tens of thousands of people here in Ontario who used to live in Quebec but left it because of work or politics - or a combination of both? I guess it has nothing to do with the Anglophibia and Allophobia that has been created by relentlessly diminishing people's rights and the imposition of ridiculous restrictions? I guess it's just all one big coincidence!
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