CFN – Two guest presenters appeared on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of Language Fairness for All. Human rights activists Howard Galganov and Jurgen Vollrath spoke with tremendous passion about the absolute need for more Canadians to wake up and put a stop to the steady erosion of rights which were defended by our forefathers in two world wars among others.
Galganov said to the assembly:
“I’m pissed off at the way our governments treat us. We’re not a cookie jar for them to grab money and do with it what they want. I will never vote for anyone who’s going to tell me how to live my personal life, but that seems to be what politicians like to do the most. I remember the greatest generation ever … who understood what individual rights and freedoms were all about. And that’s before we had a Charter of Rights and Freedoms. They understood their obligation to their country, to their church or synagogue if they were believers, to their families, to their communities. That’s all gone.”
Our video clip contains his presentation in its entirety.
Later, Vollrath exclaimed:
“We’re pissed! … There are 177 [French language activism groups.] In the City of Ottawa, we found [without any assistance from taxpayer funds] double-dipping by Franco organizations to the tune of $30 million dollars!”
In our video clip you can hear him elaborate on the apparent blind eye turned by politicians.
“Up yours, government! You cannot tell us [which language we have to do business in.]”
Not everyone in the gallery was a fan. Although trying to give the impression of being supportive of the group by agreeing that there are injustices in the way “bilingualism” is being foisted upon Canadians, president of the La Société pour la Promotion du Bilinguisme (Society for the Promotion of Bilingualism), Jean Lecompte later tried to mock the group when he circulated a dummied version of a poster welcoming people to the meeting in some three dozen languages, implying that the recently adopted sign bylaw in South Stormont and the proposed South Glengarry resolution are opening the way for every minority group to be able to impose multi-lingualism on everyone. In case there was any uncertainty in Lecompte’s mind that the bylaw actually respects Canadian’s rights not to have any particular language imposed upon them (when it comes to the posting of outdoor commercial signs), some meeting participants quickly set him straight. Lecompte interrupted the meeting a few times and was asked to save questions until the appropriate time at the conclusion of the formal presentations. The meeting chairman actually had to stop Lecompte amid an extended rant during the question period to ask if he really had a question or not. Here is our clip of the question period.
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