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.
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