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Polqc Quebec: Quebec and Party Leaders

polqc quebec: Showing respect to a group that has been instrumental in shaping the Quebec of today is not pandering, writes toulastake on English qcdebate in Montreal. polqc quebec2018As an allophone, I completely understood this concern English speakers represent just nine per cent of the province's population, and while I neither felt the need for, nor expected one, I saw the holding of one as an overwhelmingly positive decision, according to National Observer. Despite concerns from some francophone Quebecers about pandering to the linguistic minority, the fact is, when party leaders agreed to it, bilingual Quebec voters were the real winners. It was a controversial event indeed lots of ink has been spilled in the past few weeks about whether it was appropriate, or even necessary, to hold an English debate during the general election. The English debate was the second of three planned debates before voting day on Oct. 1, which means those who speak both official languages can tune into to all three. ; Many viewers and online commentators focused on Monday's ground-breaking element as Quebec's first televised English debate, aired live from Montreal's Maison Radio-Canada studio. All voters want to know about the economy, access to health services, the education system, the environment, identity and immigration all of which were raised last night, just as they were at the French debate last week. But what I found most remarkable, was the way it highlighted how little separates English Quebecers from French Quebecers, apart from the language of course. ( As reported in the news.