English support programs | Ottawa is funding the Anglicization of Quebec with billions, the bloc denounces

(Ottawa) More than $2 billion in federal funds were used to fund English language support programs in Quebec between 1995 and 2022, according to a compilation by the Bloc Québécois. MP Mario Beaulieu argues that such sums should instead be used to support a declining France.

“This shows that Quebec should be responsible for its language policy,” he said at a news conference Monday.

The elected official of the Pointe-de-l’Île constituency examined public finances to obtain details of the subsidies granted within the constituency Official Languages ​​Act and then put the totals together. It concludes that just over 2 billion have been allocated through four programs, namely that for the development of English-speaking communities, the development of official languages, the support fund for access to justice in both official languages ​​and the contribution to official languages ​​in health.

“These funds should be used for French as a working language, to make French the common language, and not to support English in Quebec,” he said.

The unveiling of the latest action plan on official languages ​​last spring sparked controversy in Quebec. An official confirmed that about 20% of the $1.4 billion would be earmarked for the Anglo-Quebec community over five years, as in the past. Of this, 138 million euros will finance various projects in English-speaking countries.

The French language minister responsible for Canadian relations and Canadian Francophonie, Jean-François Roberge, had demanded that these 138 million be used for Frenchization instead.

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