Montrealers divided over the decline of French

Montrealers divided in the face of the decline of French


Some Montrealers are divided over the significant decline of French in the metropolitan area revealed today in the Statistics Canada census.

“C'est quand even alarming in general,” says Alexandre Beaudet, a 51-year-old computer worker.

“It doesn't bother me. That doesn't mean they don't speak French either, when they're at work, at school or otherwise,” said Christine Landry, 42, who works at McGill University, a few minutes later. /p>

People encountered by Le Journaltoday in Montreal had very different perceptions of what the significant drop in the use of French at home revealed today by Statistics Canada meant. 

This proportion fell by 2 .4% in Montreal between the 2016 and 2021 censuses. 

A resident of Plateau-Mont-Royal since his childhood, Alexandre Beaudet is able to observe these statistical changes in his life of all days. 

English is getting along better

“I never heard English east of Saint-Denis when I was young, in the 70s and 80s. Now it looks like it's almost 50/50. »

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Cassandra Berger, Montrealer

For her part, Cassandra Berger sees no decline in French in her daily life and believes that it is better not to be concerned about the situation.< /p>

“I hope that [the decline] will slow down, first wants to say the French living in Montreal for six years. But I feel like worrying about it, getting pretty rigid and imposing French absolutely and exclusively is not going to invite a lot of people to learn it. »

Christine Landry responds for her part that she does not is “not so” worried about the situation. 

“I'm bilingual and it doesn't bother me that there are other languages. […] I think it's good and it opens doors for us in life, ”thinks the one who speaks mainly English at home.

Worried tourists

Tourists encountered by Le Journal did not like to learn that the language that makes Quebec unique was in increasingly bad shape.

“It's for Quebecers that I worry,” explains Dominique Romanet, who visits Quebec every summer with her husband of ten years. Both are from France.

“There are more English speakers,” she continues. We hear more in the street. In the long term, if they let it go, it will disappear [French].

“I think the decline of any language is bad news and it's important to preserve the culture around the French language,” says Stephan Mount, who comes from Vancouver and who grew up in Scotland.

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