No office for anglophone affairs: Quebec Liberal party

The Quebec Liberal Party will not create an office responsible for anglophone affairs, similar to the Parti Quebecois during its time in power, Le Devoir reports.

In a letter to the Quebec Community Groups Network obtained by the paper, a PLQ spokesperson says the PQ needed an office dedicated to anglophones so as to better defend its language policies and its controversial charter of values.

Spokesperson Marie-Ève Ringuette added it could count on elected anglophones to represent the community - and that the party represents the interests and concerns of all Quebecers with no need for a special minister.

In 2012, PQ MNA Jean-François Lisée was appointed minister responsible for anglophone affairs.

The QCGN and the federal Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages have both called on Quebec to follow Ontario's example and create an equivalent to the province's Office of Francophone Affairs.

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  1. maria posted on 04/19/2014 07:47 AM
    Like I said I am waiting to see 2 things right off the bat - The CANADIAN FLAG back in the national assembly (and anywere else Marois and her cronies got rid of it from) and number
    2 ) I want to see a stop with the oqlf and their thinking of an appeal on the decision from the courts regarding big american stores (Ooooooo the boogey-men) And then we will see.
  2. Mike d posted on 04/19/2014 09:41 AM
    Good we do not need this waste of money.
  3. Alex posted on 04/19/2014 11:04 AM
    Good for the PLQ. The PQ office that was responsible for anglophone affairs was, in my view, part of the PQ's divisive "we vs. them" strategy. At best, I found the notion of an office responsible for anglophone affairs condescending or demeaning, as it suggested that the English-speaking community was a thorn in the PQ's side that needed to be dealt with, that Anglophones were not full-fledged members of Quebec society in their own right, and that they were second-class citizens.
  4. clint posted on 04/19/2014 11:09 AM
    We don't need no stinkin office.
  5. SStM posted on 04/19/2014 11:44 AM
    Lisée's appointment was a cynical Orwellian slap in the face and thumb of the nose to Quebec's minorities, Quebec's believers in equal and individual rights and non supremacists. Any true democratic, non supremacist government does not need an "Office" for special treatment or special mistreatment of some of the citizens.
  6. Barcham posted on 04/19/2014 03:32 PM
    That's a big step in the right direction! There is no need to waste money on such a department. All Quebecers are equal and we have no need of such things to cause divisions among us.
  7. Jimovitch posted on 04/19/2014 09:36 PM
    This is the first good news to come out of Quebec since the election. The only reason the PQ needed office for Anglophone affairs was so they could separate them from the rest of Quebec deny them basic rights.
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