Language police target the Journal

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As editors of the French, English and bilingual sections of the Pontiac Journal, we are deeply shocked that the l’Office de la Langue Française (OLF) has enforced regulatory practices similar to those of the
Middle Ages.

As editors of the French, English and bilingual sections of the Pontiac Journal, we are deeply shocked that the l’Office de la Langue Française (OLF) has enforced regulatory practices similar to those of the
Middle Ages.

Their application of these archaic language laws was done without any understanding of the
linguistic characteristics of the Pontiac area. 
The OLF has been harassing the team at the Journal regarding the paper’s bilingual layout without delivering clear, written reasons nor any recommendations or specifications for complying with their rules and
regulations.
As Quebecers and Canadians, we are offended to see bilingualism treated in this manner and are convinced that a love and appreciation for the French language is not
created through suppressing the English language. Here in the Outaouais, and
particularly in the Pontiac,  bilingualism defines us, enriches us, and is an
important part of our daily lives and identity.
The OLF’s policies will ultimately give rise to prejudices towards
the French language, francophones, and all those who enjoy the
current bilingual layout of our paper. In reality, this is an attack on freedom of expression and forces us to create a clear division between the two
languages. The threat of the Journal being heavily fined if we continue to deliver our news in our current format demonstrates the extent of the injustices being imposed and the severity of the consequences for not complying; we feel forced to give up our
freedom of expression and independence.  
At the Journal, we work hard to keep Francophone and Anglo-phone populations informed in the fairest way possible; this is done
taking into account the economic realities which govern a free community newspaper. Respecting
our different languages, heritages, and cultures is a
better path to creating a Quebec where we will all feel welcomed and proud to live in. This in turn will strengthen the French
language because everyone will be willing – and proud – to learn it.
We invite you, dear readers, to show your
support by writing to us and proving to the OLF that you oppose this
limitation on our freedom of expression. 
Arnaud de la Salle
& Allyson Beauregard