Anglos give up
by andrewricha98 on November 6, 2017 - 1:58pm
The Anglophones are exhausted, says an article in the Montreal Gazette. Gary D. Shapiro the author of “Forty Years After Bill 101, Anglophones are Tired, Apathetic” says that the OQLA (Office Québécois de la langue anglaise) was established in 1996 because the English language in Quebec was disappearing. In 2017, the OQLA is closing its doors, and the reason is lack of empathy. The author argues that it is important to show the injustice and abuse by the OQLF (Office Québécois de la langue française). The Anglos are tired of the fights and referendums which led a high rate of migration of Quebec Anglophones to English provinces. This exodus led to a financial decline of Montreal, and from that moment Toronto became the financial capital of Canada. The OQLA has been fighting language injustices, proposed laws and regulations that would violate the English language rights. Not long ago Quebec Liberals voted against limiting the numbers of Francophones attending English schools, these schools are threatened by the decreasing number of students. The English language will always be threatened in Quebec, says the author. He adds that the youth are supposed to be open-minded and aware that being bilingual is beneficial. French is dominant in Quebec, and there’s no threat to it, Shapiro says that we have the potential of being a completely bilingual culture in North America. This would help us communicate with tourist and become an international trade center. Montreal has become an economy that provides services because of our language laws. We are unable to bring “top individuals” without the language as a barrier. Today, Anglophones are bilingual and fully functional while the francophone is unilingual and restricted says the author. Shapiro criticizes the politicians and says that they have no courage to do what is right and best. The fear of a small, vocal group who hijacked for 40 years the political agenda. The author ends by saying that Montreal was the economic capital of Canada before Toronto, and adds that it is a decent place to live in especially summer.
I partially agree with what this article says, the economy in Montreal did decrees since the law passed, but when He said: “The irony is that the young Quebec Anglophone today is bilingual, and fully mobile, while the young francophone is unilingual and ghettoized," is wrong. I disagree with that statement because many of my friends born and raised in French culture and community speak English well. The reason is that music, television shows, etc. helps. To add, I attended French high school in Montréal, I do agree that the English they teach is basic, and 1 or 2 classes a week is not enough, but most students can speak and write the language with ease. I’m an immigrant, and when I came here I was already fluent in three languages, I wanted to go to an English school but I couldn’t because of the 101 law. Going to the French high school helped me get stronger in French, and now I master It. I attend English college currently and being able to switch from one to another is excellent because the 101 law does not apply.
If you feel like this law should be erased or not, I invite you to write a comment and share your opinion.
Shapiro, Gary D. “Opinion: Forty years after Bill 101, Anglophones are Tired, Apathetic.” Montreal Gazette, 17 Aug. 2017, montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-forty-years-after-bill-101-anglophones-are-tired-apathetic.