CFN – You have to love PQ leader Pauline Marois if you want language laws reviewed in Canada. Official bilingualism has cost our great country billions of dollars since implemention, but what it’s chiefly done is create this special class of civil servant which grossly favours those with a French background.
The question is why? In Quebec Ms Marois feels quite comfy not bothering to show up for the English leadership debates. Recently it was reported that Quebecers will have to prove they can speak French before gaining English language services. Something despicable and punitive especially against the elderly.
If many of what Quebec does to English rights occurred in Canada to Francophone rights could you imagine the outcome?
Maybe it’s time to simply say if this is what the largest French speaking population in Canada feels is best for its language and Culture that the rest of Canada do the same? If Ms Marois can’t learn English proficiently after 30+ years in Politics why should it matter if a Canadian Prime Minister should speak French unless they are seeking that Francophone vote? Why should we offer at great cost services in the manner we currently do in remote parts of the country to limited amounts of people at great cost?
With digital translation & communication improving all of the time does it make sense to build French schools in remote locations like the Yukon?
And while Ms Marois and her wacky party may be on the extreme when it comes to language rights the hypocrisy of the Provincial Liberals throwing bones by occasionally supporting small erosions of English rights in Quebec is vomitous.
And yet English culture still survives in Montreal and pockets of Quebec….maybe it’s time to let Francophone culture outside of Quebec sink or swim like the English in Quebec?
I don’t think we’ll see a Premier Marois, but it’s sad to read her quotes and watch the rhetoric during Quebec elections. It’s sad in many ways to see what Quebec has become; but it’s sadder to see its tentacles reach out and infect the rest of Canada.
I say keep Quebec linguistic politics in Quebec and keep it out of Eastern Ontario and the rest of Canada. It’s time for Quebecers to make some big decisions, and while most want to be a part of Canada there has to be change within Quebec and how it treats English residents and businesses or some big changes should occur in the rest of Canada.
What do you think my fellow Canadians? You can post your comments below.
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