Review Anglo Society flag motion: language chief
Michel Carrier said he feels the city council's decision to fly the flag in September at the group's request is problematic.
"Cities have obligations not only to provide services, but they also have the authority to take steps to promote equality of both official languages," he said.
"Is this a step in line with that? It would appear that some people don't see it that way and I think the city should probably take a look at this."
The 4-2 vote in favour of flying the flag on Sept. 18 prompted complaints from Anne-Marie Gammon, the only francophone city councillor, and Pierre Godin, the mayor of the nearby community of Petit-Rocher.
Gammon said she was flooded with complaints over the proposed flag-raising event.
The Acadian Society calls the group anti-French.
This is not the first time the scenario has played out in Bathurst.
The Anglo Society also flew its flag at city hall in 2004 amidst similar controversy and anger.
Carrier said he's surprised that the city has no criteria to evaluate requests like the Anglo Society's to fly its flag at city hall.
"I think they should specify what type of flags or banners that we will allow to be present in Bathurst," she said.
"It could be a flag of a country, or a flag of any organization that promotes wellness. We need guidelines so no other council has to live through this."
Coun. Hugh Comeau, one of the municipal politicians who voted in favour of the flag, said he would reconsider his vote if he were given proof that the group is anti-French.
"I am unaware of any untoward actions that this organization, or group, had towards the Acadian people," he said.
"And if anyone can prove to me that I made a mistake and that these people are not what they purport to be, then I have no problem suggesting that I made a mistake, and that I would change my vote tomorrow."