PQ: English CEGEP and French students not to be mixed

A Quebecer wonders why a PQ government would prevent her from learning English


Tania Lefrançois is a 24-year-old MBA student at Université de Laval (thx @stephenfgordon). She recently posted a cri de coeur on Pauline Marois’s Facebook page, criticizing the Parti Québécois plan to prevent Francophone and immigrant students from attending CEGEP (Quebec’s system of post-secondary, pre-univeristy schools) in English. The PQ policy to apply Bill 101 to CEGEPs is important because, as Marois said yesterday on the campaign trail, “The Quebec state doesn’t want to pay for the anglicization of its people.”

I contacted Tania after last week. “I can’t believe I had to write it,” she says. “English is a necessity. You need it. After I posted it I got notes form people who said they needed English for work but couldn’t speak it.”

“I live completely in French. Going to English CEGEP didn’t change my life at all. It only opened more doors for me.”

Here’s a translation of Lefrançois’s note, which is still on Marois’s Facebook page. So’s this one.

Ms. Marois, I hope that your so-called measures to protect the French language won’t simply prove to people to what point voting for your party is a big mistake. Wanted to prevent young people from studying in English if they so desire… I an proud to have gone to school in English at St-Lawrence CEGEP, and it is one of the best decisions I ever made for my professional future and for as a gateway to the world. I think that every Quebecer should be bilingual or at least understand English, as it is our SECOND OFFICIAL LANGUAGE and it is necessary the second we step foot out of Quebec.




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PQ: English CEGEP and French students not to be mixed

  1. One you’ve opened the door to denying people their human rights, it will eventually swing wide open. Governments will not stop at nothing to abuse their power and deny people their freedom if there is no constitution to protect the people.
    Bill 101 opened the door. Today we see the latest. Not only is french to be protected, but all other cultures and languages are to be extinguished. Individual freedoms are extinguished so that government can assert its control over the choices of citizens.

  2. One word “Referendum d’Initiative Populaire”, okay it’s three, but that thing goes both way. If Pauline applies the most crazy part of her platform, I’m pretty sure that at least 15% of the population is still sensible enough to stop the shenanigans

  3. Marois says, “The Quebec state doesn’t want to pay for the anglicization of its people.” What kind of twisted perspective is this?

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