Letter to the Editor by Cory Cameron – Language Debate Won’t be Solved by Us – July 4, 2012

“Language Debate won’t be solved by Us”

As this debate becomes ever more heated, it is apparent from recent editorials and blogs nationwide that this event is quickly becoming polarized.  Canadians from Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast are commentating on the need for the existing policy of ‘Official Bilingualism’ – some for, some against, but all feeling very strongly one way or another towards this subject.

Never before in our history has there been a subject that has caused so much division amongst our citizens.  Canada is a cultural and linguistic mosaic, made up from people of close to 90 languages and cultural backgrounds.  The languages spoken by the majority of our citizens are either English or French.  As of late, there have been questions raised by the merit of having ‘Official Bilingualism’.  People have been asking questions pertaining to the cost/benefit of such a policy.  There are growing concerns in editorials and blogs pointing to the fact that perhaps the money traditionally earmarked for bilingualism should be spent elsewhere.  Some bloggers have pointed out that the money would be better spent on: healthcare, education, welfare, feeding the hungry, housing the homeless and a host of other social assistance programs.  These bloggers have a good point and make a convincing argument.  With government cutbacks taking place across the board, would it not be a good idea to use money set aside for ‘Official Bilingualism’ on other issues affecting all Canadians?

One thing is abundantly clear with this issue of language debate and ‘Official Bilingualism’.  We cannot keep going along the same lines as we always have.  The current situation is causing a division between Canadians; with one group reaping a distinct advantage over all others where provincial and federal government careers are concerned.  And it hasn’t ended there.  Increasingly, across much of Eastern and Northeastern Ontario, the private sector is also becoming victim of this policy.  The irony of this language policy of ‘Official Bilingualism’ is that the creation of it was originally sanctioned to bring about the equality of the two languages spoken by the majority of Canadians and to ensure that Canadians had access to government services in both French and English.  This is clearly not the case now.  Thousands of young Canadians have missed out on jobs with both the provincial and federal branches of government.  All too often they have been told things like, ‘You’re not bilingual enough’, which in reality, equates to not being French enough.  Others have been offered jobs upon condition of passing a French language written examination, most of which they fail.  Why is this the case?  If ‘Official Bilingualism’ is the idea that the two languages are equal, where are the English examinations for those who are the successful candidates?

There are either two ways in which this issue will be solved.  One is to have Revolutionary justice or civil war if you want to term it that.  Things are getting so bad now that the NDP is trying to push a private member’s bill called the ‘Language Skills Act’ that would require all Parliamentarians to be bilingual.  Thought of this way, imagine if an American citizen had to speak Spanish in order to serve in the American Congress?  Now, this whole idea is ludicrous and reeks of elitism!  There is absolutely no way to justify this, whatsoever!  I say revolution because our elected representatives are not listening to us.  It’s not hard.  Read the newspapers, watch the protests in New Brunswick and Cornwall, look at a lack of minority English rights in Quebec through various Bills, check up on the FLSA/OLA in Ontario, examine the Russel Township bilingual sign ruling.  Any neutral politician worth his/her weight would take a look and say, “Wow, the people don’t really want these things to happen.”  Unfortunately for both us and them, (politicians) they’re not listening.  But I think something more sinister is going on here.  It has to be!  The evidence is pointing in this direction.  There is a constant, organized and well-led attempt at the takeover of Canada by pushers of a French language agenda who wish to turn our country into a sort of caste system reminiscent of India.

The above is one direction this problem can go.  There is one other though, more peaceful way.  We need to stress to the United Nations what is happening in Canada at the moment.  I think an independently led panel of International Human Rights lawyers/judges needs to examine how fair some of our laws are and if they’re deemed not to be fair for all Canadians, then something needs to change.  This should be done at both the provincial and federal level and laws need to be heavily revised or revoked altogether if deemed necessary to do so.

With Kindest Regards,

 

Cory Cameron – 

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Rosie
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Cory I completely agree with your letter. I know how all of this is making me feel as a Canadian. I feel very much like a second-class citizen.
I felt something this Canada Day that I have never felt before. I had no interest whatsoever in celebrating and when I drove by a very large Canadian Flag waving beautifully in the wind, all I wanted to do is drive by as quickly as I could. I hated the feeling. Your comment “not bilingual enough” hits home big time with me.

Marjorie Hurley
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How true. This language issue is tearing Canada apart. The whole matter of bilingualism needs to be revisited now. Your suggestion of a UN panel is an excellent one. They could look at the matter Objectively.

Suan H.Booiman
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Fully agree with the article up to the point of the last paragraph. The United Nations is useless, bureauratic empire, achieving notning, the provinces can handle it by refusing the fund Ottawa
it is a matter of political conviction we see so littyle of, sadly the
loudest is the “WE WANT” society KEBEC.

edudyorlik
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Well said Cory, And there are three things that are exceptionally clear to me that must be said surrounding this issue. #1) Whenever the French are on the opposing side of this subject and they “attempt” to come back at those of us who raise these concerns and issues they use terms like “bigot” and “Anti French” and so on. These false claims, accusations and simple minded attacks could NOT be further from the truth. In my case (as just one example) it should be duly noted that I am half French myself. I grew up immersed in the French… Read more »
Louise Dubois
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Well said Cory. However, I too have concerns with escalating Canada’s situation to the United Nations which unfortunately no longer works as it should. I believe it did make a ruling against Canada with respect to its policy related to the treatment of the English many years ago. I have long wished for a better international body that would serve as a sounding board for all countries that are straying too far off the boundaries of common decency to its citizens. One has to wonder what it will take to make politicians realize this situation can no longer continue.

Wendy
Guest
For Cory, a very well said letter! As an example in my case, I moved here from the US. I was born in Canada and found my roots in the Gaspe of Quebec. I was able to buy a house on land that belonged to my 3rd great grandfather. No one here or any government website ever warned me how hard it would be to survive without speaking French. I was in the US from the time I was 8 till I was 52. I could not get a job here, my 11 year old son was not allowed to… Read more »
Cory Cameron
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Thanks everyone for reading my article and commenting on it. These days the issue really irking me is that Quebec rapper who raps about killing Canadian soldiers and was given a grant by the Quebec goverment! Folks, some have commented on this media outlet of people’s remarks approaching that of hate crimes but I have to tell you, is this not a perfect example of a hate crime? Throughout history, people have been put to death over less insidious remarks. At the very least, I think it would be appropriate to have this guy make a public statement (town hall… Read more »
Lolochuck
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Perfectly stated!!!!!!!

les habitants
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gives us an update on your ‘meeting’ with heriatge minister Moore. after all the hoopla ,why are none of you talknig about it Cory? or is that Beth Trudeau`s bg revelation to come? Intersting that much ado was made of that meeting but no followup. maybe one of the reporters can do a sit down with her and find out!

les habitants
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and i too am dismayed at the funding of a so called rap performer who is glorifying the “enemy” and the “taliban” but what does that have to do with the issues of 2 official languages in Canada?and the rights of all Canadians to services?? lots of Van Doos from Quebec were among the sacrificed soldiers. Why paint all Quebecers as disrespectful to Canada?

les habitants
Guest

the bottom line is if a worker is being discrimanated against by whatever means, they are recourses to rectify that… blaming bilingualism as a whole or as the “entity” and root of all evil is not the way to go!!!

Kim Khoo
Member
Congratulations to Cory Cameron for a well-written letter that expresses the frustrations of a lot of Canadians, even those who are bilingual. Mainly because many of us still believe in “fair play”. The policy of Official Bilingualism which has been distorted totally out of shape is no longer acceptable. One error though, Cory. The infamous Montreal rapper is being funded, not by the Quebec government, but by the Federal government under the ministry of James Moore. Read about it here: http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/06/29/government-subsidized-montreal-rapper-manu-militari-pulls-video-from-web-after-tories-complain-it-glorifies-terrorism/ Quebec and the French fact is something that has dominated Canadian politics for a very long time and this… Read more »
b trudeau
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As expected, Official Languages Minister, James Moore, postponed the initial “tentative” meeting date of June 13th on Parliament Hill, to June 21st in his “Gatineau” office. Then, that was postponed to June 26th. Then I received a call on the 25th from his scheduling secretary, informing me that we were so fortunate because, although he had to cancel the meeting on the 26th, my delegation would be the SECOND meeting when he comes back from summer break. Like I believe that. Like his language Commissar Graham Fraser, Minister Moore is afraid to meet with groups representing VICTIMS OF FORCED bilingualism,… Read more »
Randy R
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SEND A MESSAGE TO THE HARPER CONSERVATIVES: • Conservatives won a majority by gaining more seats in Ontario and Western Canada • Conservatives lost seats in Quebec during the last federal election • Quebec receives more transfer funding than any other province in Canada, approximately $8 billion /$17 billion • Quebec is NOT a bilingual province—Quebec’s Bill 101, 178, 122 and 86 outlaws and restricts the use of the English language • Quebec politicians criticizes Alberta’s energy sector on an international level—Alberta’s energy sector is responsible for providing much of the funding so that Quebecers can enjoy the cheapest day… Read more »
Karen Harris
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A very well written letter, Cory; and I certainly agree with alot of the comments on here. It’s very plain to see that the provincial and federal governments seriously need to re-visit the Official Language Act and all the bilingual issues that have come up in the last 40 years and make changes to have all our lives more equal !! and not all one-sided . . . and the funds to be of benefit to everyone instead of cut-backs in everything, except bilingualism for one group only !!

Cory Cameron
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For the les habitants. You wrote: “gives us an update on your ‘meeting’ with heriatge minister Moore. after all the hoopla ,why are none of you talknig about it Cory?” Well sir/madam, I cannot comment on any meeting with Minister Moore because I don’t have the specifics and respectively, am not a member of LFA. (I think you are referring to that). But as you can see from above, Beth Trudeau I believe has updated that here for you. (Thanks Ms. Trudeau) Kim, thanks for the correction of how that rapper was funded. Les Habitants you wrote: “and i too… Read more »
Cory Cameron
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“Now whether this is due to mistreatment of minorities in Quebec through political means, a federal party hellbent on separating a province from the rest of the country, naive arresting joggers running through Canada.”

Sorry, the above paragraph was to be included as part of the response. It should have read, “…naive police arresting joggers…” and would have been inserted into Para. 6.

Thanks,

Cory

Mary Anne Pankhurst
Member

I think we have to stop using the phrase “the English” because it suggests (especially to the French) the BRITISH – their historic enemy.

Rather I suggest we use the people who “speak English.” Many among us are bilingual or trilingual and we comprise the greatest percentage of this country’s population. In other words, we are Ukrainian, Italian, Chinese, Indian, Greek, Arabic, Romanian, Croatian, Vietnamese…all who use English as the unifying component to being citizens of Canada.

Pavel
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Cory, you get hooked by the franco troll’s bait each and every time. IGNORE him! We don’t care what French language zealots have to say anymore. They ignore our valid concerns and arguments – pay back the same. Our efforts must be focused on lobbying politicians and media.

Cory Cameron
Guest

You’re right Pavel! Thanks for the reminder!

Cory

Barry Renouf
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The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide by: The United Nations General Assembly Definition of genocide Article 2 of the Convention defines genocide as: any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national; ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: 2. (b): Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; 2. (c): Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part. 2. (e): Forcibly transferring children of one group to another group. Convention… Read more »
Tony Crane
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Need more Corry Camerons and less the stupidity of Dan Delmar. The latter knows nothing. If Canada wants to it can easily kick quebec out (the reason I don’t capitalize quebec – or is it kebec? – is the same reason I don’t capitalize s**t) and there are many ways to do this, not withstanding Coyne’s milk toasting. The eunicks in Ottawa should put their (sic) brains to this task. Canada can and should look after its own interests (that’s us) rather than what the UN would think. Split up quebec. Give them (it’s a donation) of a strip of… Read more »
Robert K. Monckton
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No matter what our origin or nationally, we have the English Language in common. We speak and use it every day. It unites and binds us together.

First and last, we are Canadians , with no hyphen.

Stan
Member

And with Quebec gone, we’d get to Toronto faster

Robert Martin
Guest

Special interest groups are killing this country!

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