Franco-Ontarians are getting more support from their neighbours in Québec.
At its November 28 meeting, the Municipalité régionale du comté (MRC) d’Argenteuil council unanimously passed a resolution in support of Ontario’s French-speaking communities and denounced efforts by Premier Doug Ford’s government to eliminate the Office of the Commissioner of French Language Services and to cancel plans for a new French-language public university.
The Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ), the Fédération québécoise des municipalités (FQM), the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and francophone communities across Canada have also issued statements of opposition to the decision.
The cuts were announced during the government’s economic update on November 15.
A statement from the MRC d’Argenteuil said the cuts would “have a significant impact on the vitality and future of the 622,000 Francophones in the province,” if they go ahead.
The MRC believes that the appropriate human, technical, and budgetary resources are needed in order to protect the rights of linguistic minorities.
MRC d’Argenteuil prefect Scott Pearce, who also represents Québec’s bilingual municipalities on the FQM board of directors, said the situation created by the Ford government is “unacceptable” and that is the reason the MRC is expressing “full solidarity” with Franco-Ontarians and francophones across the country.
There are strong historical, economic, social, and cultural ties between the MRC d’Argenteuil and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR). In 2012, UCPR signed a friendship pact with the MRC’s of Argenteuil and Papineau in Québec.
While you are here, we have a small ask.
More people are reading The Review than ever before — across our many platforms. So far, we have not put up a paywall to limit the stories you can read. We want to keep you in the news loop. But advertising revenues are increasingly going to the big two: you know who they are. If you value The Review’s independent, local community journalism, or you value the many ways we support dozens of community organizations in their endeavours, consider supporting our work. It takes time, effort and professional smarts to stay on top of community news and present well-researched, objective news articles on issues which matter to you.
If you read stories on this website, or you have come here from an Instant Article post on Facebook, think about subscribing. It would be a vote of confidence for the work that we do, and for the future well-being of your community.
Latest posts by James Morgan (see all)
- Alexandria food bank needs more personal care products for those its helps - December 14, 2018
- Tiny house workshop coming to Vankleek Hill - December 14, 2018
- Busy Christmas season at Hawkesbury food bank - December 14, 2018