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CAQ French Language Minister falsely shames Anglo community to justify language law: Standish

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – “If we give Minister Roberge the benefit of the doubt, then he made a mistake no minister should make. Either that,” says Canadian Party of Quebec leader Colin Standish, “or, he is mendaciously misleading the public. And that, too, is unacceptable.”

Earlier this week Minister Roberge suggested that some Anglophone students graduate high school and move onto CEGEP without knowing enough French. That line of argument flies in the face of the fact that, as statistics show, Anglophone high school students score higher in French exams than actual French-speaking students do.

“That is a fact Roberge should be aware of,” says Standish

This is not the first time Roberge has been accused of lying. During the Covid-19 pandemic, when Roberge was Education Minister, he allegedly claimed that the public health authority signed off on his ministry’s classroom air quality report, when in fact they had not.
“Now here he is scapegoating the Anglo community to justify the government’s heavy-handed language restrictions,” says CaPQ President Liz Campbell.

“Clearly his current role requires him to change tack, sacrificing integrity for the party-line,” Standish says, arguing that the minister espouses different views as French Language Minister than he did as Education Minister.

“If the Quebec government believes that French is in decline, perhaps they should look to their own community’s education,” Standish says. “Anglophones seem to be doing just fine in French, and we have the numbers to show it.”

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