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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Education, language matters Wednesday, September 26, 1973 LETHBRIDGE HERALD English residents unhappy in Gaspe By JOSEPH MacSWEEN GASPE, Que. (CP) What is the mood of the English- speaking people who have liv- ed many generations side by side with French-Canadians in the Gaspe Peninsula? ftussell Keays, veteran in- dustrialist and politician, pon- dered the question in charac- teristically deliberate fashion in his busy office, which is adorned by framed copies of the Canadian Bill of Rights in French and English. "I think the majority of the English-speaking people are uneasy because of the con- flicting statements made by political parties and by lead- ers of movements in the prov- he said. The bilingual former Con- servative member of Parlia- ment and mayor of Gaspe said he feels the present climate makes the Anglos uneasy over such matters as education and the language question. "I think the majority of them have more or less re- treated into a cocoon and are remaining silent on many of the controversies of the day." How are relations between the language groups? The question brought a chuckle from L. H. Wright, 49- year-old mayor of New Richmond, a majority French-speaking paper-mak- ing town of on the Bay of Chaleur. LITTLE CONTACT "There is no fighting but there is not that much con- tact, said Mr. Wright, a bilingual forestry engineer of English mother tongue. A problem arises in New Richmond as elsewhere for English-speaking citizens in the over-45 age group, who did not learn French in younger days. Mr. Wright said it is easier for today's youth in this sense. Such sports as hockey and baseball are organized on a town rather than church or school basis, thus helping the bilingual cause. The mayor said he feels the social machinery will prob- ably run more more in the future as bilingualism improves. But he was sharply critical of pro- vincial government planners who administer a federal-Que- bec development plan co-ordi- nated by ODE-the Office de Develcppement de 1'Est du Quebec. "The whole school system is breaking he said. "I don't go along with the idea of the big school complex." He cited a "preposterous" situation by which Bonaven- ture, a strictly French-lan- guage town, became the site of an English-language high school simply because it sits roughly halfway between New Richmond New Carlisle. That means a 40-mile bus trip daily for New Richmond pu- pils. A French-speaking mayor, incidentally, rules in New Carlisle, the traditionally English-dominated town termed a "Rhodesian situ- ation" by a famous son, Rene Levesque, leader of the sepa- ratist Parti Quebecois. English-language residents still form the majority but one venerable citizen, J. P. Poirier. 80, commented on an improved Anglo bilingualism picture. "Maybe there is not too much mixing between the groups, but when we do meet, there are no hard he said firmly in reply to The proportionately dimin- ishing English-language popu- lation steadied somewhat in the 1960s and now stands at mainly at Gaspe and along the Bay of Chaleur, about 10 per cent of the penin- sula's population. Tradition- ally the Anglos enjoyed indus- trial and commercial ascen- dancy, though workers of both languages toiled in woods and fields. "It is a strange phenome- non. but 40 years ago a dis- proportionate number of Eng- lish-speaking people were the business people in many of the totally French-speaking parishes." said Mr. Keays. "Twenty years ago prac- tically all the business people of Gaspe itself were English- speaking but that has changed, of course. Young people, better educated in French, have taken over." YOU SHOP feeds 'Meat Canada Grade A SIRLOIN STEAKS or ROASTS -1.59 Ib................................. I PORK BUTT ROASTS BACON Boned an J Rolled, Ib. PORK SAUSAGE Burnshire Bulk, Ib. Pioneer Brand Ib. PRODUCE Bartlett Pears .4 J1 Canada Commercial Mclntosh TOMATOES Canada No. 1, Imported anada No. 1 alifornia DAIRY ffective September Velveeta Cheese Past. y Ib. net wt. 1 CHEESE SPREAD Ingersol Past. Process 16. Oz.net wt. .05 IN-SEASON SPECIALS York Fancy 14fl.oz BARTLETT PEARS n O for Vegetable or Tomato Soup Clarks Q 4 00 10 fl. oz....................O for I' PEAS OR CREAM CORN York Fancy Assorted M A Oft 14 fl. oz....................H for O CAKE MIXES Monarch Pouch Pack 10 oz. net wt.......... 4 for QUICK OATS Oallvie 5 Ibs. net wt. 89' APPLE PIE FILLING Sun Rype 19 fl. oz for TOMATOES 2 for DOG FOOD LIQUID DETERGENT Aylmer Choice 19 fl. oz....... Rover 15 oz. net wt. Vel Rose or Lemon 32 fl. oz.......... FURNITURE POLISH Future 27 fl oz. .39 PLEDGE Lemon 12oz. netwt..................... 1 RUG SHAMPOO Glory 24 oz. net wt. .59 WINDOW CLEANER Aerosol Bon Ami 15oz.netwt. 69' FROZEN FOODS Your Local Independent Grocer 642 13th St. N. Phone 328-5742 MIHALIK'S Phone 328-5742 for FREE City Delivery On Large Store Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. French Cut Green Beans Fraxer Vale Frown 2 Ib. netwt............... We sell only thi highist quillty goods tt Iht lowest possible prices. COD FISH AND CHIPS Sea Freth Frozen 16 oz. netwt..... We reserve the right to limit quantities. SUPER SAVE FOODS BELLEVUE. ALBERTA PHONE 564-4638 ASSISTANT MANAGER FURNITURE SALE LIMITED QUANTITIES Thursday, Friday and Saturday September and 29 Platform Rockers -Colors Orange, Brown, Blue -Reg.44.88 '36 Swivel Rocker Hostess Chairs -Olive or Red -Crushed Velvet or Vinyl -Reg. 44.88........ '36 Swivel Rocker -Vinyl Cover -Black or Gold -Reg. 59.88 Recliners -3 Position with Vibrator -Black, Brown, Green -Hardwood frame vinyl covering -Reg. 99.99. -Vinyl Covering -Orange, Gold, Green, Brown -Reg. 46.88 '37 Colonial Chair Modern 3 pc Sectional Chesterfield Suite -One Only -Gold with Gold Floral -Built in Bar '386 2 PC. Highback Chesterfield -No-Sag Spring -Deep Foam Padding -Brown and White -Wood Frame........ 3 PC. Colonial Chesterfield Suite -Color Brown or Toast -Set includes Rocker and Chair -One only -No-Sag Springs -Extra Thick Cushions -Gold Floral.. Space Saver 2 PC. Colonial Chesterfield Suite -Light Brown Pattern -Reg. 224. '199 -Converts to a Bed -Ideal for Rumpus Room -Reg. 74.88........ '57 10" Sanyo Television Colonial Suite One Only SOFA Each ARMCHAIR Each 155 OTTOMAN........... Each S57 Channel Tuners -Black and White. '99 Color Television 10" Bradford Television -Black and White '111 -Solid State Tuner -One Touch Color System '544 9x12 Mult! Color Rug -Foam Backing -Blue, Red, Beige '54 Bradford Cassette Radio Stereo '249 39" Mates Bed -3 drawers -Posture board and Mattress...... '158 2-Piece Chesterfield Suite -Green Floral -Deep Foam Padding Bradford Radio Stereo -Console Fleetwood 8 Track Stereo -Solid State NEW STORE HOURS STARTING THURS. a.m. to 6 p.m. Daily a.m. to 9 p.m. Inure, and Fri. Zellers Country Fair Located In Zellers Shopping Centre on Mayor Magrath Drive ;