Townshippers’ concerned debate around Official Languages Act puts English speakers “on the chopping block”

By Gordon Lambie
Townshippers’ concerned debate around Official Languages Act puts English speakers “on the chopping block”

Although Townshippers’ Association President Gerald Cutting said that he views the proposed modernization of Canada’s Official Languages Act with cautious optimism, he described the conversation taking place in the lead up to the working document becoming a bill as very troubling.
“I think that the English speaking community is on the chopping block, and I am definitely afraid,” Cutting said when asked about the document that was made public last week.
The Townshippers’ President was clear about the fact that the association feels the document itself presents a number of excellent ideas, but he said that the push by Quebec’s Provincial Government to have French recognized as Canada’s only official minority language comes at a kind of perfect-storm moment.

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