Quebec mayor blasts language legislation to international audience

Stephane Gendron, the mayor of Huntingdon, Que.

Stephane Gendron, the mayor of Huntingdon, Que.

Giuseppe Valiante, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:40 PM ET

A francophone mayor of a small town southwest of Montreal lamented to the BBC that Quebec's strict language laws are revenge for historical mistreatment by the British.

In an interview with Public Radio International's The World radio program, Huntingdon Mayor Stephane Gendron criticized the province in a way seldom heard by a Quebec politician, regardless of their mother tongue.

Gendron told the BBC's Patrick Cox earlier in March that Quebecers are insecure.

"There is a tendency (in Quebec) to portray the poor French Canadians as abused by the English, which is wrong," he said. "If we have democracy today it's because we got it from Britain."

He said many Quebecers are raised to be "be afraid of everything including the dirty, bad English."

"That is the not the reality. Canada is a nice place to live...


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