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Greenfield Park asserts its bilingual status amid Longueuil’s push for francization

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Greenfield Park asserts its bilingual status amid Longueuil’s push for francization

The borough of Greenfield Park is celebrating a language victory amid a push from the city of Longueuil, Que., to develop utilizing French in the agglomeration.

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The borough has adopted a resolution that brings it one step nearer to guaranteeing that their anglophone voters will serene possess their communications with the city in English.

Greenfield Park is a borough interior the agglomeration of Longueuil but it’s identified for its high population of anglophones — 25 per cent of its voters.

The scuttle changed into made after Bill 96 — the province’s language reform to advertise French — changed into tabled. In one of the invoice’s provisions, boroughs or cities that want to defend their bilingual status can fabricate so by passing a resolution.

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On Tuesday, Longueuil handed a resolution enforcing the city’s exhaust of French in all communications other than for emergencies.

Up until Bill 96 changed into tabled, councilors were terrified Greenfield Park would lose its bilingual status after that resolution changed into adopted.


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“It’s very doubtless we would’ve misplaced but we would’ve fought it with our trusty workforce,” acknowledged Wade Wilson, a Greenfield Park city councilor.

Longueuil had been hinting at desirous to reinforce utilizing French before.

Support in April, Longueuil mayor Sylvie Parent wrote an initiate letter pointing out the city of Longueuil needed to lead by instance when it came to communicating completely in French.

“If all exchanges between the say and its voters are accomplished in French, then [the state’s] status acquired’t be ambiguous for newbies: French is the frequent language in the public domain,” Parent wrote in her letter, published in Le Courrier du Sud on April 20.

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Parent criticized opposition councilors for pushing for the city’s websites to even be available in the market in English.

“For instance, the legitimate opposition occasion goes as a long way as publishing an English version of all its communications,” Parent wrote. “When voters request them at some level of city council, they train that it’s now not time to wake the dragon of dilapidated linguistic fights. What these elected officials are announcing to those whose language isn’t French is: ‘There would possibly be no such thing as a need to study French! Preserve utilizing English!”

Greenfield Park councilors relate they are actually reassured that status quo will doubtless be kept.

“They [Longueuil] acknowledged in the resolution that they’ll acknowledge our bilingual status,” Wilson acknowledged. “Now, one other subject is to build up our companies bilingually. I mean, we’ve had our bilingual status for many years yet the communications coming from the city are serene in French only and that’s one other fight that we possess now.”

The borough has 90 days to submit its resolution to the manager.

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Greenfield Park asserts its bilingual status amid Longueuil’s push for francization