Lori Weber is leaving Quebec because the Province needs serious repairs.
I am a French Canadian with mixed ancestry and considerable love for all good human beings. I want you to know that I oppose language laws and that I am not alone. Quebec made a mistake: decades of language laws without a strong mandate to enforce these. I pledge to work very hard for the repeal of language laws and I was thinking of using CEGEPS as my starting point.
Here in Sherbrooke, French-speaking Quebecers have turned Champlain-Lennoxville, the local English-language CEGEP, into an English-immersion program.
I know that you are very sad. Quebec has been your home for many years. No one wants to leave Montreal. It’s a jewel and it is vibrant.
It’s a promise. Language laws will be abolished by Québécois themselves. You know that it will work because you have been a teacher to Québécois.
Hang in there. The Language Laws will be abolished for many reasons. Québécois will not lose their language, unless they continue passing language laws.
Love to you,
Bill 21 is an act respecting the laicity of the state. One cannot wear/display signs of a religious affiliation in the workplace.
Bill 96 is an act respecting French as the official and common language of Quebec
- Language Laws in Quebec, a Balanced View (3 November 2022)
- A Unilingual Province in a Bilingual Country (29 October 2022)
- Language Laws in Quebec: la Patrie littéraire, a Literary Homeland (2 October 2022)
- Language Laws in Quebec, a Preface (29 September 2022)
- Le Patriote (16 August 2022)
- From Cats to l’École acadienne de Pomquet (25 July 2022)
- On Quebec’s Language Laws: Bill 96 (21 June 2022)
- On Quebec’s Language Laws (18 November 2021)
Love to everyone 💕
© Micheline Walker
25 November 2022
Interesting post Micheline. I clicked through to the story in the Gazette to better understand the context. Can you briefly describe the articles 21 and 96 that Weber alluded to?
Carol, Bill 21 is an act respecting the laicity of the state. Persons cannot display a religious affiliation in the workplace. Bill 96 is an act respecting French, the official and common language of Quebec. These were preceded by Bill 22 (1974), making French the official language of Quebec, and Bill 101(1977), the Charter of the French Language, requiring French signage, limiting access to English-language schools, etc. Immigrants to Quebec must learn French and enroll their children in French-language schools. Most English-speaking Quebecers live in Montreal. The Eastern Townships, where I live, were given to United Empire Loyalists. Quebec has a legitimate English-speaking population, and it has long been home to a Jewish community, and it is now home to North Africans. They speak French and many are Muslims.
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Makes me think of the notion that diversity is actually a respect for difference.
It becomes imposed conformity when it is about demanding and insisting on the one right way.
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It is a respect for difference. Lori was teaching English in a Cégep, which is the institution French students have chosen to learn English. It can work both ways.
I hope Lori is encouraged by this
My answer left on its own. Lori taught at John Abbott in Montreal. John Abbott It is one of the Cégeps French-speaking students used as an immersion programme. So, we start with the Cégeps. Sherbrooke students have been attending Champlain-Lennoxville for decades. That can be revived immediately. 🙂