Cornwall ON – The Harper government seems to be tinkering with its divide and conquer policies in Canada, this time doing in our Nation’s capital, Ottawa. Media reports state that the Federal government has hired secret shoppers to see if businesses are serving consumers in French.
While I 100% support people being served by the government in the language of their choice, across Canada is it the government’s place to force businesses to provide language support in both languages? Isn’t Mr. Harper’s party about less government intervention, not more?
The root of this type of media report is of course to cause division at a time when Canadians don’t really need to be divided.
There is a root language issue in Canada. And of course the spin on the latest media report are the comments that I’ve read in some of those stories; essentially if Ottawa should be checked for French service why not Gatineau for English, which brings the eye back to Quebec and that my dear viewers is what this is all about.
Even though la Belle Province clearly voted Federally in the last election and the ghost of Separatism is all but dead; most Quebecers did not vote Conservative, because most Quebecers are not Conservative. They like the Arts, healthcare, a good quality of life, and the ability to retire with some degree of respect and comfort. Most Conservative governments in Canada and around the world don’t support those areas.
So the results are the divide and conquer story. Mr. Harper during the last election sure raised a stink about a possible opposition coalition sanctioned by the Bloc, but he sure has so issue stirring up the pot in Quebec if it could serve his purpose of keeping the opposition divided.
Canadians are great people generally. We’ve gotten along through thick and thin for over 200 years without a civil war. We do need language reform and evolution in this country. Thing can be better, they just don’t need spin and being divisive.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News
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