It turns out that English students are more likely to graduate high school than French students.
I know what you're thinking.
How could anyone be pissed off by this news?
Well it's not because more anglophones are graduating, it's actually the reasons listed as to why anglophone students are more successful that might rub some people the wrong way.
The main reason is simply this: anglophones have a tighter nit community and the parents are more involved with the schools.
A professor from Université de Montréal thinks anglophones are just wealthier than Francophones, however that doesn't really explain anything, since more Francophones attend private school than anglophones do.
Here's a quick comparison of graduation rates:
High school graduation percentage in public and private schools:
Grothman used part of his half-hour speech to discuss "why nations fail," saying, "I never felt Canada was quite as successful as America [...] because to a degree their elections pitted the French speakers against the English speakers."
Cue the Québecois fury in 3...2...1.
"In these countries that fail, the elections are a contest of one ethnic group against another," continued the congressman.
In one fell swoop, Grothman dissed Canadians AND Quebecers which is quite an impressive feat — regardless of whether or not you agree with the Wisconsin Republican.
The language debate was one of the hot-button issues in the recent Canadian federal election. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who declared himself as a "proud Quebecer" on several occasions and who is fluently bilingual, might take exception to Grothman's comments.
Then again, Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet didn't help ease those assumptions about Canada when tweeting about how "examples of contempt against the French language continue to multiply," on Thursday.
But, hey, while there is indeed a polarizing language debate in this country, at least no one's attempted to storm Parliament over an ideological cause.
A judge has ruled that Quebec's ban on religious symbols will apply to English schools as the case moves through the court system. Meanwhile, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) says it will continue to fight Bill 21.
Bill 21, also known as the "secularism law," bars all religious symbols from the public sector. This means public service workers, like teachers and police officers, can't wear hijabs, kippahs, crosses, turbans or any other religious symbols while at work.
Last April, Quebec's Superior Court exempted English schools from Bill 21 because it found parts of the bill violated the English-language minority's constitutional right to manage and control its own schools.
The Quebec government appealed that decision, delaying the exemption. But because that appeal process could take longer than a year, the EMSB asked the courts for an exemption from Bill 21 until the matter is decided.
"We remain committed to continue our challenge to Bill 21 and to defend our exclusive right to manage and control our institutions in accordance with our culture," EMSB Chair Joe Ortona said in the statement.
Ortona also noted that under the current province-wide teacher shortage, "A favorable judgment would also have given the EMSB much needed hiring options."
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It also answers what's likely to be the first question that comes to mind: which of the two groups drinks more?
According to Éduc'alcool's data for 2021, Montreal francophones drink more — but not by much.
Here are some of the poll's findings, based on the responses of those surveyed:
Eighty-eight percent of francophones say they drank during the last year, compared to 79% of anglophones.
Sixty-eight percent of francophones say they drink alcohol once a week or more, compared to 54% of anglophones.
Anglophone drinkers say they have 1.7 drinks per week, but francophone drinkers have 2.5 drinks per week.
Forty-six percent of francophones say they exceed recommended limits once a month or more while 39% of anglophones say the same.
When it comes to drinking and driving, 45% of francophone respondents believed they may be stopped by police at a roadside sobriety checkpoint, compared to 55% of anglophones.
Éduc'alcool says francophones in Montreal drink more than those elsewhere in Quebec but, overall, Montreal is pretty on par with the province's averages, particularly when it comes to drinks per month and per week.
The exception is when it comes to the negative impact of alcohol on Montrealers' lives. According to this survey, the percentage of Montreal drinkers who think alcohol negatively affects their social lives, family lives and physical health is higher than Quebec's average.
In total, Éduc'alcool surveyed 1,200 people (500 francophones and 400 anglophones) in the Montreal region, for a total of 7,600 respondents across Quebec.
Quebec Premier François Legault directed some pointed words at the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) at a press conference on Tuesday after the organization insisted that the government withdraw its language reform legislation — the controversial Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec.
"I think they are disconnected," said the premier, "it's as if they've become a radical group."
The EMSB's suggestion that the government should withdraw from Bill 96 was met with anger from both the provincial government and the Bloc Québécois.
In a document, the EMSB asserted that Bill 96 would lead to a "further decline of enrollment at English schools" and that it "discourages bilingualism by restricting Francophones and allophones from accessing English CEGEPs," among other things.
Jon G. Bradley, a former professor who added his voice to the document, insisted that "Quebec is not a nation. It never has been."
"Even the federal government recognizes that Quebec is a nation," Legault said at his press conference.
This controversy has made its way into the Montreal mayoral race as well. Ensemble Montréal leader Denis Coderre removed EMSB chairman Joe Ortona as one of his candidates in the Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough.
Legault praised Coderre's move.
"I was happy to see Denis Coderre remove his candidate that came from the EMSB," he said.