Anglophones debate the place of religion in Quebec society

“There are three words that I think we should be using more in these discussions,” said community historian Lorraine O’Donnell during the Quebec City hearings of the Reasonable Accommodation Commission. “Tolerance, compromise and sharing.”

I have been watching from Vaughan Ontario, where 44% of all inhabitants of 238,000 are from Italian heritage. There is a very small pocket of french speaking people with a french public shool of about 400 students, so it would certainly be under 1% of our population. We are located on the North border of Toronto.

For the most part the business and day to day encounters are conducted in English, despite the high number of Italian speaking people. I feel we are becoming English Canadian. French is taught in schools, but is very limited outside of that arena.

I could only assume that if Quebec had a high degree of immigrants in a mostly french speaking area that they would also conduct their encounters in french. From this perspective I believe that if Quebec can continue to make french the main language in day to day life than it doesn't matter what country, religion, or beliefs one has they will in effect become French Canadian.

Children should be encouraged to speak more than 1 language and have given my kids the target to learn English, French, Italian and Spanish. I doubt they will ever need more than english in Central Ontario, but we should know how to communicate with others. This world is getting smaller and we will surely need to conduct more business outside our Quebec, Ontario and Canadian borders.

I agree with the good priest in the quote that if it weren't for the Catholic Church it would be totally English Quebec today.  Moreover, the Church has been firghting and continues to fight for tollerance all over the world.