How Quebec discriminates against L’English

by Jack Locke

At every turn in my efforts to find gainful opportunities to work, to live, and to enjoy the beauty of Montreal and the fortune of living in Quebec, I find stumbling blocks. The latest comes from the National Library and Archives of Quebec(BAnQ).

As a poet/journalist/editor, I am always looking for an opening, a paid gig, a place to read or promote my work. It is not so easy to find such. I would have thought the great library of Quebec would not discriminate against us English Quebecois, but alas, I am wrong.

On the French part of their website, under “Cultural Activities” is listed a Calendar of cultural activities and “Proposition d’un projet d’activité culturelle” — a place where writers can propose an event that will be sponsored by the library, and performers/readers may receive compensation(see screenshot below.)

And on the English part of their website, under “Cultural Activities” is listed only a Calendar of cultural activities. No mention that English writers may propose an activity that will be funded and sponsored(see screenshot below.) This is but one example of how the government of Quebec, various public institutions, treat English people in Quebec–with financial discrimination.

Despite assurances of equality, English people are considered second-class citizens by the government. It is shameful and pathetic. Yet, commonplace. If you are concerned, TAKE ACTION:

People can email the Director General of the Bibliotheque at: pdg@banq.qc.ca

Premier Couillard at:  Philippe.Couillard@plq.org

Pierre Karl Peladeau at: Pierre-Karl.Peladeau.STJE@assnat.qc.ca

Canada’s Commissioner of Official Languages via Twitter: @OCOLCanada

And be sure to send a cc to me at: jjlocke1957@gmail.com or @Lockeblog on Twitter

BAnQ Fr Screenshot from 2015-01-29 15:45:41

French section of BAnQ website showing opportunity to propose an event.

English section of BAnQ website that hides opportunities for proposing an event.

English section of BAnQ website that hides opportunities for proposing an event.

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