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Living English: CBC forum provides platform for debate on Anglo future

03/20/2013 07:31 EDT | Updated 05/20/2013 05:12 EDT
Quebec anglophones will get a rare opportunity to express their concerns about the future of the English language and culture in this province directly to a member of the Parti Québécois government tomorrow, at a CBC forum capping our Living English series.

The Quebec minister responsible for anglophone relations, Jean-François Lisée, will be among the prominent panelists at the event, taking place in Montreal at the Crowley Arts Centre in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.

- Join the event online via live chat starting at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 21

The other panelists include:

- Anne-France Goldwater, Lawyer, TV Personality "L'Arbitre"

- Terry Mosher, AKA Aislin, Cartoonist for The Gazette

- Tamy Emma Pepin, Social Media Personality

- John Stokes, Partner, Real Ventures

- Kevin Tierney, Producer "Bon Cop, Bad Cop"

Finnerty and Debra Arbec, co-anchor of CBC Montreal at 5, 5:30 and 6, will be moderating the discussion, informed by the results of our exclusive CBC-EKOS poll and some of the stories that have emanated from those findings.

"We've managed to gauge pretty well how anglophones feel about being a minority under a PQ government in Quebec," Arbec said. "I think the poll shows that anglophones feel we belong here, have integrated well into Quebec society and want to thrive."

"But it's also become clear that anglophones worry about the future of the English language and culture in this province."

"We've shared Anglo-Quebecers' stories and concerns in our CBC stories, but now it's important to keep the conversation going."

Finnerty said the event will be a perfect conclusion to the Living English season.

"I think there's a moment here for the Quebec anglophone community, a moment collectively to consider where the future really lies, and for voices to be raised," he said.

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