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,


I decided to respond to your post because I thought the article brought a different perspective from what I already know. Personally, I believe that the bill 101 is important mostly for public services such as stores, schools, hospitals, security department, etc. I think that this law is important to protect French in Quebec. As a province surrounded by English speaking provinces, it is hard to allow our language to thrive. French speakers have a long history of battling for their rights and culture and I believe that the struggle is still real. My mother tongue is French and I speak English also fairly well, but I believe I was advantaged by my schooling experience. I believe all young people should have that chance in education. I was able to attend a private school and to do enriched and even linguistic bath classes. In other words, my 6th grade was constituted of 2 days per week of English classes and 3 of French. This has allowed me to get better with this language. I was able to observe my friends and those who did not have such experiences were less comfortable and fluent. This was still true even with our high school English lessons. I believe, like you, that more importance should be given to making children bilingual by offering more thorough, complete and frequent English classes. As for the health care system, shops and security system, I believe that it is a major issue that should be addressed: the first language used should always be French and as a backup plan/security measure, one of the request should be for employees to be bilingual or even trilingual. Do you think it is reasonable to request for more qualified workers (speak multiple languages) in public services?

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