Open Letter to André Fortin…

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It is 2015, not 1815 ……
Segregation of French and English articles in the Pontiac Journal? Really? Why are we allowing the Office de la langue français to take us backwards in time instead of allowing us to move

It is 2015, not 1815 ……
Segregation of French and English articles in the Pontiac Journal? Really? Why are we allowing the Office de la langue français to take us backwards in time instead of allowing us to move
forward like the rest of the world? Why are they trying to drive a wedge between the French and English communities when none exist and when for a hundred years, the people of the Pontiac have had a wonderful coexistence?
Instead of destroying unity between the two cultures, why not encourage
forward thinking for all? The Pontiac Journal has been providing a wonderful, bilingual newspaper for all to enjoy. They have been successful in covering the happy and sad events in the Pontiac in both languages. Why in the world would anyone want to disrupt this wonderful paper that we receive free of charge, which employs quite a few people, and advertises many businesses?
Why is there even a need for the OLF? All the money that it takes to run this Gestapo-like operation could surely be put to better use in a province that is, by all reports, running out of money. Why not use this money to better our health care, our schools, or even, Heaven-forbid, promote the province with signage that the rest of the world can read? I
personally know people who fear
travelling in Quebec because they would not understand the road sings or the
language of the restaurant and hotel staff.
It’s very sad the government of Quebec wants to keep this province backwards and the butt of jokes in other provinces. The government of Quebec should be encouraging businesses instead of hassling them with such petty
nonsense. They should be promoting this beautiful province – celebrating the two languages, investing in Quebec’s future instead of wallowing in the perceived grievances of the past. Wake up Quebec, before it’s too late!

Janey Orr MacDougall
Clarendon