Residents in Pembroke are standing up to the provincial government in an effort to protect French language services. A protest took place outside the office of MPP John Yakabuski on Saturday, with many people holding signs saying “French People are People Too”. This weekend over 40 communities across the province protested changes that were recently made by the conservative government. One of the organizers of the Pembroke rally, Francine Thuler, says they are hoping Doug Ford will stick to his word and lead a government for the people.
Thuler says they had a meeting on Friday with Minister Yakabuski and expressed concerns about the move to scrap the independent watchdog on French language services and to stop moving ahead with plans for a French university in the Greater Toronto Area. She says the government doesn’t plan to back down so they won’t be putting away the posters and signs anytime soon because they are ready to fight for the rights of French Canadians.