Profile of the English-speaking Community in the Eastern Townships
by Joanne Pocock & Brenda Hartwell
As a minority within a minority, Quebec’s English-speaking community finds itself in an interesting situation. Its people are a provincial linguistic minority within a French-speaking majority, which is itself a linguistic minority within the English-speaking majority in Canada and in North America.
Different English-speaking communities in Quebec have distinct realities. The English-speaking community in the Eastern Townships shares some characteristics with other English-speaking communities in Quebec, but it also has unique characteristics. English speakers in the Eastern Townships are defined by specific demographics and socio-economic realities. They have made different past and present contributions to the community at large, and face distinct future challenges....