Possible PQ majority has Quebec anglos on edge

Premier Pauline Marois is pledging to start a new round of consultations on sovereignty, prompting...

Premier Pauline Marois is pledging to start a new round of consultations on sovereignty, prompting many English speakers to ponder moving plans. February 20, 2014. (JEAN-FRANCOIS DESGAGNES/QMI Agency)

Brian Daly, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:39 PM ET

MONTREAL - As the Parti Quebecois stands poised to win a majority government, English-speaking Quebecers are once again nervous.

News about bureaucrats ordered to halt English correspondence with merchants, and language cops policing Facebook, has also stoked anglo angst in La Belle Province.

Polls indicate the PQ could win its first majority government in 16 years, a victory that would allow separatists to revive their proposed beefed-up language law.

Language Minister Diane De Courcy says laws do a better job than goodwill in promoting French in Quebec.

"We fell asleep on the issue," the minister told a recent conference about French in the workplace.

"Businesses do a lot, but is it enough? It takes legislative and regulatory frameworks combined with goodwill."

The PQ's proposed secularism charter, with its ban on religious symbols in the public service, has also alienated anglos as well as ethnic Quebecers.


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