Anglo of the Day: Gail Sheppard

Gail Sheppard had the option to send her kids to English or French school and chose to send them to both but she laments the fact that not everybody has that choice.
Gail Sheppard lives in Granby, in the Eastern Townships and made sure that her kids grew up bilingual. (CBC)

Gail Sheppard lives in Granby. This is her perspective on being a bilingual anglophone in Quebec, in her own words.

I raised my children here. When they were smaller, if we were speaking English in public, we got dirty looks from people. Finally I would turn around and say, ‘Nous sommes bilingue. Et vous?’ Usually that helped relieve tensions, mine included.

My children were able to switch between English and French schools so went to both. French directors did not like that and many French parents were jealous. They did not have that right. You are penalised by your own government!

My children are bilingual plus fluent in Spanish. All these irritations over something so simple as communication wear people out. I am so tired of hearing all this talk about language and language police. It is a waste of human potential, energy and our taxes. It does nothing to promote unity and diversity between everyone.

When I retire from my teaching job, I plan to move to another province.

Apparently moving to another province saves about $3,000 per year on our income taxes. I feel I have contributed all I can and will soon look after my own interests.

All my children have moved out of Quebec as well. A doctor, a lawyer and a teacher and they felt no love or place in Quebec and its narrow vision of the world and Canada.

Gail Sheppard sent her story through OurNews!  What about you? What is your story of being an anglophone in Quebec?