02/21/2013 04:17 EST | Updated 04/23/2013 05:12 EDT

Parti Quebecois not trying to undercut Anglos, minister says

The Quebec minister responsible for relations with the province's anglophones said some of the backlash around the Parti Québécois' language laws stems from old views created when the party rose to power in the 1970s.

In an interview with CBC Radio's The Current, Jean-François Lisée said the PQ is not trying to restrict the status of anglophones in the province. In fact, he said there is equilibrium between the two communities he does not want to change.

"When we look forward for the next generations, our aim is to have a French majority that is secure and an Anglo community that is secure and First Nations that are secure," he said.

Lisée said there has been a shift in the PQ's strategies and mindset compared to the way the party handled itself in the '70s.

"A lot of people ... in the francophone majority, in the PQ and the English community are still in the previous frame of mind that this is a ... battle and what we're trying to say is that it's not a battle anymore, it's a common cause," he said.

Lisée said having the responsibility of building bridges between the PQ and the anglophone community came as a sort of personal victory because he had been advocating for change in the party's policies regarding language laws.

The minister said he has been feeling a push-back from fringe nationalist groups and Jacques Parizeau, the PQ's former leader.

"On the issue of language, he [Parizeau], I think, carries the perceptions of this big fight in the '70s and '80s," he said.

Lisée said the PQ has new, more progressive ministers.

"If we were not doing anything significant, there wouldn't be any criticism. Innovation is something that will upset some people and it's a sign that we're doing something," he said.