ErinD Posted September 1, 2012 Share Posted September 1, 2012 I need to vent and my husband thinks I'm just being paranoid. The elections for Quebec are on Tuesday to determine who will run the province. The frontrunner is a woman who is rabidly anti-anglophone and has already said that she will immediately force everyone to do all their business in French, speak in French in public, push out non-native Quebecois, and demand another referendum to separate Quebec from Canada. I speak French fluently, but I have an anglophone accent and it has caused trouble for me before. Yesterday, I saw a customer in the restaurant I was in threatened with violence by another customer (a stranger to her) for sitting speaking English with her friend. The restaurant manager stood there, did nothing and watched with a smile. (Yes I did report it to head office). I have heard similar stories from others of gas station attendants refusing to serve English customers and telling them to get out of the "country", sales associates already refusing to serve customers in English and banks refusing Anglophones loans because they expect them to be pushed out soon anyway. I fear violence for my children if this woman wins the election. We are planning to move provinces next year anyway, but if this woman wins the election I don't know if we'll even be able to sell the house or if we'll have to just walk away....and then how would we ever even be able to rent elsewhere? During the last referendum (vote to separate) in the nineties, the anti-anglo violence was so bad in my neighbourhood that I had to carry Raid to defend myself in case of attack, and warn my son never to speak English in public...and that was a respectable neighbourhood near downtown Montreal. In short, I'm scared and there's nothing I can do about it, other than making sure I have enough gas money to get us out of here just in case. Thanks for letting me vent. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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