Anglophones are being assimilated?

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In the March 26th edition of the Pontiac Journal, in her editorial titled “Cutting off our tongue to spite our face?,” Allyson Beauregard says “assimilation is suppression.” Even though I promised myself I wouldn’t write to the Journal for some time, I couldn’t resist responding to this editorial.

In the March 26th edition of the Pontiac Journal, in her editorial titled “Cutting off our tongue to spite our face?,” Allyson Beauregard says “assimilation is suppression.” Even though I promised myself I wouldn’t write to the Journal for some time, I couldn’t resist responding to this editorial.
She was referring, of course, to the wicked Francophones of Quebec who want to assimilate the poor, defenceless Anglophones. It’s the direct opposite!
Before launching a debate using examples that are blown out of proportion, Mrs. Beauregard should read Luc Bouvier’s book, “Les sacrifiés de la bonne entente: Histoire des francophones du Pontiac” concerning Francophone history in the Pontiac.
She would discover that the French Pontiac residents, for a long time, were deliberately assimilated by the church and schools, courtesy mostly of the English Catholic archbishops of Pembroke. And they succeeded: Francophones are currently a minority in the Pontiac, with the  exception of the Municipality of Pontiac where they are in the majority but are   treated like a minority.
The proof is in the very large number of individuals who have French names, but who cannot speak or write anything other than English. 
Mrs. Beauregard, consider writing an editorial on the plight of the Ontario Francophones who are continually assimilated, more and more, by the Anglophone majority. Make comparisons and then try to pretend that the Anglophones in Quebec are mistreated and are threatened by assimilation. For example, the Ontario Francophones had to fight tooth, nail and claw to keep l’Hôpital Montfort (the Ontario government wanted to close it).
When the Anglophone majority in Ontario begins respecting the Franco-Ontarian minority, I will be the first to claim the Francophone majority in Quebec respects the Anglophone minority.
And while you are looking into the issue, ask the City of Ottawa to officially declare themselves bilingual – which they              continually refuse to do. Then talk to me about discrimination!
Jean-Claude Carisse
Pontiac (secteur Luskville)