MP Guy Lauzon & Minister Moore Confronted by Cornwall Ontario LFA Protest in Chesterville by Don Smith HD VIDEO

MP Guy Lauzon & Minister Moore Confronted by Cornwall Ontario LFA Protest in Chesterville by Don Smith HD VIDEO
Mayor Eric Duncan & Chris Cameron chat.

CFN – Members and supporters of the local newly re-branded Language Fairness for All – LFA group were joined by members of the Ottawa based umbrella group Canadians for Language Fairness outside of the Chesterville Legion this Wednesday evening. . The delegation was there in anticipation of an opportunity to bring their cause before James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, who would deliver the keynote address to Conservative supporters at the $50 per plate fundraiser dinner about to take place inside and hosted by Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry Member of Parliament Guy Lauzon.   Upon his arrival, North Dundas Mayor, Eric Duncan, was approached by CLF president Chris Cameron and continued to be engaged while our camera was rolling. He told Cameron that: “it’s a free country and you have every right to be here.” When asked by Cameron if he feels that the percentage of bilingual service should be in accord with language demographics, Duncan agreed that is the democratic way. In spite of Cameron’s assertion that 80% of the population is being discriminated against, Duncan was adamant that he saw no issue with Cornwall Community Hospital’s interpretation and application of the provincial French Language Services Act, saying: “I’m satisfied with what we have now and how it works out.” Cameron inquired if Duncan is comfortable with the Health Unit being 100% bilingual, to which Duncan responded: “I don’t know about the Health Unit in that regard.”   Some members of the local Richelieu Club arrived for the official function in order to hear the minister speak. On the way in, Jean Lecompte, president of the La Société pour la Promotion du Bilinguisme (Society for the Promotion of Bilingualism), sporting his signature bilingualism pin, asked if he could join the LFA/CLF delegation and was greeted warmly. He then attempted to turn the event into his own personal press conference and opportunity to enlighten the group, until eventually bidded “Au revoir.” Lecompte’s rhetoric included asking the group if they’d taken any (mandatory or otherwise) French classes in grade school and insisted that this makes them and all Ontarians officially bilingual (whether or not they can communicate effectively in French). The group wasn’t buying it and pointed out that bilingualism has one meaning when funding is being sought by special interest groups and another meaning when people are being blocked from jobs for which they are otherwise well-qualified. At various times during the interaction, Lecompte said that he agreed with the protesters that the situation is not right and not fair, yet he continues to advocate for bilingualism. CCH nurse Darlene Walsh, who’s been passed over for promotions for not being sufficiently bilingual demanded of Lecompte:

“Tell me, sir, if you fall down right now with a heart attack, do I have to speak French to save your life?” His response: “you do.”

M.P. Guy Lauzon initially circumvented the delegation by slipping in a side door just ahead of Chris Cameron, declining to respond to Cameron’s request to talk. Just prior to the minister’s arrival, members of the delegation were given access to the building to use the Legion washrooms. On the way back to the parking lot, Cameron and CFN’s Don Smith crossed paths with Lauzon just inside the building. With the camera rolling Lauzon was very hospitable, greeting both men with a smile and handshake and agreeing to speak briefly on camera. The conversation was cut short with the announcement that Minister Moore had arrived and was in the parking lot. According to reports from those in attendance and consistent with a demonstration which began earlier, when Minister Moore arrived, he was greeted by protesters dressed in black, carrying a makeshift coffin declaring the death of democracy and some two dozen protesters carrying signs declaring that forced bilingualism is divisive, discriminatory, and demanding that hiring policies should be based on merit, not on language. . One of the protesters cried out: “Canada is in distress” while carrying an upside down Canada flag as a statement of how inverted language policy has become in this nation. Reportedly as Moore exited his car, he was confronted with a demand to know why he and the Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser, had not accepted requests to meet with CLF previously. No explanation was offered.

 

As we returned to the protest outside, Moore was already in dialogue with members of the delegation. Moore told the assembly that:

“Everybody should have the same rights and opportunities across the board.” He went on to add that: “The issue of language policy is not meant to be a barrier to the citizens themselves.” The crowd quickly enlightened him that it is indeed a huge barrier, citing numerous examples. Later the minister acknowledged: “I understand how divisive language policy is and how frustrating it can be on all sides and in all parts of the country and that’s not what language policy should be about.”

Some members of the group called for a Canada-wide referendum on language policy. Although not at all outwardly hostile towards the crowd, it was clear that the minister was unprepared to address a delegation. In the midst of heated dialogue, Lauzon calmly advised the crowd that moments earlier he’d suggested that he and Cameron meet privately at another time to address and resolve concerns. Lauzon extended the offer to Minister Moore, who agreed to meet with representatives of both the CLF and the local LFA group in Ottawa. Business cards were exchanged with a promise to meet in the coming weeks while the House is still sitting.

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Kaede
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Bud, In response to: “Just because something was done to appease Quebec, does not make it right or just.” This is a gross misunderstanding of Canadian history and constitutional and legal history. The French explored and settled this land which was already inhabited by Indigenous people. There was a colonial government for the French colony, New France. In this sense, the land was occupied and the concept of land ownership arrived in North America. New France was conquered by the British. The French were ruled as a British colony in British North America. Indigenous people and the Canadiens (français) were… Read more »
silent majority 2
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Hey folks if you want to see how the majority views all this look at the globe and mail-over resounding no to bilingualism .over 1150 comments. national post -article over 600 comments – about 70-80 say no where the government decides to poll people -is reflective of the responses . Perhaps the GOV should take the hint from these 2 papers . Why is it now not allowed in Quebec for Tim Hortins to fly the Canadian flag? -Quebec do not bite the hand that feed you! Kaede -you viewpoints and how you ewxpress them give you an air of… Read more »
Cory Cameron
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Kaede, Thanks for the awesome, refreshing outlook and view on what could become a possible contentious campaign issue with all levels of government. I speak of course about the issue of bilingualism… Again, awesome. I found the Marxist analogy most keen in understanding some of the historical aspects of Canadian history. Your uses of the terms, ‘class struggle’, ‘working class’ ‘class oppression’ and others go a long way in understanding some of the difficulties our nation has faced since Confederation and perhaps even earlier. You wrote, “The language of the conquered have equal status with the language of the conquerors.”… Read more »
stellabystarlight
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Kaede…………..thank-you so much for your time and effort in telling it like it is. You certainly know what you are talking about and stated it so well. Once again thank-you, your knowledge is amazing!!!!

Patrick et les habitants…..lacher pas…..et merci vous aussi pour votre collaboration. C’est toujours interessant et amusant

Erric
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Kaede,Patrick, les habitants, stella
Please tell us what rights unilingual English have that unilingual French do not have in Canada? And want / need.
Lets address each one! Start a letter to the editor if neccessary.

Rosie
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Kaede, Patrick, les habitants, stella/carlita

Yes, please tell me. According to the law you have a right to be spoken to in your language so tell me then if I understand you when you are speaking your language, but my hiring committee, is telling me I cannot reply to you in your language because I didn’t pass the test, then why do I not have the right to answer you in my language.

Cory Cameron
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Eric, Rosie.

You see, no responses to yes or no questions, correct? Keep it as simple as possible, with no chance of escape and these advocates of unfair laws will always remain mum. When things are hot for them, they just return back to ‘following the laws of the land’; though they are discriminatory in practice.

stellabystarlight
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Rosie, first of all if your post made sense I could probably answer your question…….thinking you have to read it again.

Eric…..remain mum???…..LOL Did you not read what Kaede wrote……no one can say it better then he did. Perhaps you can take a minute to read his post and all your questions will be answered…..we don’t want to be accused of dribbling ad nauseum like some have accused us of already. **smile**

Patrick Boucher
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Your right stella, it is frustrating. Some have an answer ready before reading the comment or post..frustrating..but not suprising.

stellabystarlight
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Comme toi Patrick……..not wasting time meeting with Cory. Why???…… to get bashed and be told we are the minority. I know that already LOL Besides, I read enough of his posts here, I doubt he would have anything new to share and nothing he could say to convince me there is in fact discrimination hiring practises at the CCH. Either you are qualified or you are not. Who has the right to dictate to any organization how to run their business or has the right to change the organization’s hiring policies. If in fact there was discrimination, why didn’t the… Read more »
Rosie
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Stella obviously you don’t have the talent to read between the lines. Let me put it another way. If you spoke to me in French and I understood you but I chose to answer you in English, you would run to the Language Police, RIGHT and I would be fired..

stellabystarlight
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LMAO…………This is too funny, Thanks for the laugh Rosie not only would I run to the language police to get you fired, I would bring this to the Supreme Court of Canada for not respecting my rights to be served in French LMAO. Besides I would DEMAND an apology in writing and DEMAND that you learn to speak and write in French to enhance your resume and qualifications.

bella-b
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demand? pshaw! Stella/Carltia, you’re a card!

silent majority 2
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Oh Stella you are sooooo right !!!!! Thank you for showing me the way.
Sad is that you are not that far from the truth.

Rosie
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Not a laughing matter Stella but I think you got it.

silent majority 2
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Gaelic used to be very predominant in Canada and surly their numbers -similar to french in size -why was Gaelic not supported as a minority language . Should that minority language get the preservation to the tune of billions a year -why did Canada not protect that minority language as they were the founding fathers as well-many Scots and Irish ! That is right only one language has the privilege of government sponsorship……one can`t have bilingualism and multiculturalism at the same time …..true multicultural means all cultures are treated equally: funding should be spread equally for all cultures and their… Read more »
Cory Cameron
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Demand to be spoken to you in French? Sure thing ‘NotsoStellar’. Though I’m sure you wouldn’t volunteer to teach anyone here in Francais, eh ma fille? Anyways, you forgot to tell Rosie that you would seek some sort of financial compensation as well for the foreseen wrongdoing against you. Now Stella, I’m afraid that you may be remiss here a little with your mean ways? I’m concerned that you would forget to address Rosie with something so elemental as a financial retribution to your perceived wrongdoing? Are you losing your cry-me-a-wolf edge?

Cory Cameron
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Rosie no fear, eh? How could you be in trouble with someone that we’re not sure even exists? We don’t even know this person’s name? Moreso, perhaps Stella is an automated computer hate program designed by someone at MIT pulling all of our legs? Now that would be the ultimate in technology design, no? Much like linear computer analogies, Stella’s thinking is akin to this. Perhaps this is the case. No wonder the computer has no name, but a stage name to recount to it’s constant embittered edge. Before you laugh this off folks, consider that!
Cory Cameron
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Think of it this way. A computer can generate single use responses and sentences as well as acronyms such as LMAO and will use single focal points to captivate humans’ attention by capitalizing individual words such as ‘DEMAND’.

Patrick Boucher
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Rosie, this has happened to me alot. I addressed the person in french, and they replied in english. To me, it seems like someone that understands french and can use it off and on, but, is too afraid to use french for fear of being laughed at. Practice makes perfect…I can almost guarantee, that if you try to reply in french…the person will be so happy..that you made an effort.

Patrick Boucher
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Did this in Ottawa last year, I was in a restaurant and this kid really gave it a hell of a try. He spoke broken french, it too more time, but he made an effort…loved it. Gf congratulated him, I gave him a huge tip and told him to keep it up..

Highlander
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you know folks Kaede,Patrick,les habitant,stella aka-carlita with the billions awash for bilingualism -It would not surprise me that you people benefit in one form or another financially to post on here! Hundreds of french language rights groups out there-at the cost to the tax payer to fight /lobby for their rights. $623,000,000 million reasons in Ontario alone…..2,400,000,000 billion reasons yearly Federally . We need to cut the umbilicus cord and let the french finance their own groups here . $110,000 heritage Canada gave to a francophone rapper who advocated laying bombs and killing Canadian soldiers. But as federal gov said… Read more »
Rosie
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Patrick thank you but I’m afraid you really don’t understand. All that some of us are asking for is the opportunity to practice what we have learned but as you know the level of French required is much higher than most of us have, therefore we are being denied the opportunity to apply for these bilingual positions. If these levels were lower and we were given the chance to try, and if there was a true need to be speak French, then of course, we would improve that skill, just as you would any other skill. For me personally, it’s… Read more »
Patrick Boucher
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Oh but i do… You have that opportunity, its just its easier to speak english. Why not speak french for the fun of it..or for the cultural benefit. I started learning spanish.. I’d love to learn 2 more languages. There is no one stopping you but yourself… SOme bring up the experience, and at times it depends. If it was a doctor and I had just been in a car accident, and i’m unconscious …you could speak german, I don’t care. But there better be someone to explain in french what he did when i wake up. YOu wrote¨As you… Read more »
Patrick Boucher
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Highlander, the fraser institute did not add in the value of bilingualism and its return. I encourage you to read the following article that explains that the true cost of bilingualism is roughly 17 dollars per canadian per year…

Patrick Boucher
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Highlander
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Patrick- -where is the return on investment for the $3,100,000,000,000 $17 per person eh?now over 400$ per francophone though that’s just federally -and the reality as S.allen wrote its significantly higher. Forget about provincial obligations $624,000,000 -Ontario alone. Tell me why at national parks anywhere have to be bilingual in Alberta /BC ect….all hires to be bilingual for that .05 % of french that show up-talk about over representation or what !! What about the native person who wakes up -is there someone there speaking Mohawk-they were truly original people of Canada ? Do the french respect any other culture… Read more »
Patrick Boucher
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LOL, where do you come up with 3 trillion dollars ??? It doesnt add up. you can’t have complete equality in certain situation because its impossible. You need to have those guarantees in order to protect minorities. – should we not have elevators for handicap people ? -should we not hire more qualified women at reasonable salaries? – should we not be more inclusive in order for us to benefit from other cultures ? (that is respecting other cultures without losing ones own values) – and we should hire bilingual people because in a sense its cheaper… they can serve… Read more »
Highlander
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patrick said:

“””one phrase im soooo tired of hearing is ..im sorry sir i don t speak french..”

Get used to it 83% of Canadians do not !

Do you still enjoy getting people fired at Costco because you are in a bad mood?
Did you feel empowered ?Did that feel good ?
Or was it the arrogance that was taught to you by your separatist father?
THE APPLE DOES NOT FALL FAR FROM THE TREE ….the future is now and times they are a changing……french elitism will become extinct.

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