CFN – If you ask people what is one of the most repellent facets of Quebec politics they’ll tell you it’s the Language laws, especially pertaining to business.
Businesses already are burdened by the norms of competition and government red tape and brutal taxation.
Recently Quebec style politics have been creeping outside their borders and it seems that ground zero is Eastern Ontario. Ontario is not a bilingual province, but that hasn’t stopped townships like Russell from creating laws that dictate what businesses can have on their signs.
The Cornwall Community Hospital Nurse protest over Bilingual hiring policies have grown to the point where the group behind it has been able to meet with Federal Minister James Moore recently.
While certain groups are alleging racism and linguistic intolerance, others face the reality of their children being forced to move to where they can get jobs without stringent demands of French at levels not matched by English requirements for Francophones.
While most don’t question the right for service in French others suggest that perhaps 100% of staff not be required to be function at high levels as a solution especially when schools are not turning turning out graduates at those expected levels.
Many feel that the majority should not have to accommodate to the point where fiscal survival and advancement are put at stake.
Which leads us to the South Stormont City Council meeting Wednesday September 26, 2012 at 7 PM where language rights activist will be presenting a proposal that council is expected to embrace clearly stating that South Stomont will respect the Canadian Charter of Rights and decree that businesses can put whatever language they wish on their signs.
It’s potentially a drawing a line in the sand; something many Canadians have suggested is long in coming.
A large crowd is expected and should be interesting to see how Mayor Bryan McGillis and his council respond.
Mayor McGillis did offer the following to CFN:
Why would anyone oppose the administration of the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms when it comes to language?
South Stormont Council Chambers (next to the Long Sault O.P.P. station) at 2 Mille Roches Road. The meeting will begin promptly at 7 p.m.
To contact the township and their elected officials we are providing their contact info below.
Township office: 613-534-8889
Mayor Bryan McGillis: 613-937-3116 or 613-577-0753 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Mayor Tammy Hart: 613-984-2543 or email@example.com
Councillor Barry Brownlee: 613-537-9753
Councillor Richard Waldroff: 613-537-8226 or 613-362-7596 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Cindy Woods: 613-537-2977 or email@example.com