|Quebec's Shameful, Coercive Language Law|
‘Je me souviens’ les palmarès Top 20 de la loi 101 sacrée qui nuit à la société Québécoise.
The author is well aware of the typical and detestable knee-jerk reaction this pamphlet shall provoke, but my francophone brethren know me well enough to understand that this is much wider critique of the reasons why it has to be replaced immediately. The goal is to find an Entente cordiale and settle the myths of prejudice that exist between our communities in Quebec. We must begin the process of reconciliation and not head the opposite direction by increasing funding, especially in a budget wage-freeze, for the Quebec Office of the French Language (Office Québécoise de la langue française)! However, we should first fully understand via these twenty points, what damage and a nuisance to Quebec interests on a whole this infamous Bill 101 has done, and what these separatists and ultra-nationalists have truly done to our once great belle province.
We, since I am not the only one contributing, hope with this document that we can once and for all find solutions to move forward, and convince even the die hard Péquistes, language hawks, et al. that it is time for a change - brisons l'impasse indeed and return respect for the Rule of Law. Normalement, dès qu’un Anglophone donne son opinion en ce qui concerne la loi 101, la majorité de la province bûchent les oreilles ou crie au racisme, même des amis proches qui habitant au Plateau se sont convaincus, que le futur de la province devrait être mené par la calisse de classe politique corrompu avec sa magouille partout, ne veulent rien entendre. Well, to these people, who not have the intelligence or impartial reasoning, from living in other parts of the world perhaps, to realise what has been and continues to go on here, unabated embarrassing malfeasance, just listen to Kamal Maghri from Gatineau regarding the condescending immigrant guide of that city. You’ll notice that at the end of the article, he makes it clear that these legal codes are offensive against all those who do not make up the ethnic majority, and asks when there’ll be 'un autre code pour les méchants anglais' – to this, as informed Anglophones who know of the legislated ignorance (but this is just one of the many, Bill 22, 68, 104), it already exists as the Quebec Charter of the French Language – better known as Bill 101 .Disclaimer: The scope of this document is language discrimination in the Canadian Province of Quebec, this is to direct the reader to fully understand the situation here, without being distracted by what happens outside of the province. We have to set the bar within our own province much higher, as Stéphane Gendron is trying to do, despite the large backlash he has received/vandalism against his property et la brimade médiatique. Although Patriquin of MacLean’s did his best to describe most explicitly the provincial corruption, and Maxime Bernier has blazed a trail with his refreshing take on this unjust law for this Brave Mayor, it is necessary to summarize the top twenty reasons we need this bill replaced now, since it in it is no longer necessary to 'protect' the French language in Quebec, and many would argue that it never was the first place. We need to take Quebec back from its current unaccountable bullying Losership. Il est grand temps qu’on évolue de cette anglophobie ridicule - il faut arrêter 'La Chasse aux Anglos!'ET si vous pensez qu’avec un prénom français je ne suis pas capable de l'écrire aussi? Bien, le voilà :
Veuillez prendre en note que je ne suis pas francophobe, je blogue en français et je partage, vers un côté de la famille, les mêmes racines que la majorité ici. Je suis né à Vancouver, et ma sœur Monique et moi aussi, nous sommes allés à l'école bilingue. Je veux que nous améliorons notre société au Québec; non pas seulement pour faire des accommodations raisonnables aux nouvelles arrivées dans la province, mais pour rendre du 'respect' à la minorité anglophone qui vit ici depuis des siècles. Le mal traitement dont j’ai vécu à la Caisse de Dépôt est un cauchemar absolu, mais ce n’est pas isolé à cette organisation gouvernementale exclusivement, et existent dans certaines sociétés privés au Québec. Je resterai toujours positif, parce que je suis un Champion pour le Canada, and Quebec is included in my country. Mais, il faut que ces extrémistes ultranationalistes soient mis en règle afin de laisser le Québec se progresser, car à mon avis, c’est leur faute que la province est en déclin tranquille (à cause de deux referendums, et maintenant $47 Milliards perdus à la CDPQ). J'emploi mon droit constitutionnelle de s'exprimer - to clearly counter sovereigntist bullies who have repetitively told me that my constitutional rights in Quebec do not exist.
Pour lire le reste de texte contre LaCaisse.com : http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/hugo/archive/2010/02/15/first-public-hearing-against-quebec-s-pension-fund-manager-the-beginning-of-proof-multiple-laws-were-violated-before-sabia-took-over.aspx
D'autres exemples, et ce depuis des années:http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/hugo/archive/2009/09.aspx
Message spécifiquement au sépérateux: Je suis Canadien pas un ‘anglais’. Les anglais habitent en Angleterre, Grande Bretagne!
|April 17th, 2011, the First Contemporary Protest against Bill 101|
Firstly, what originally was released as a white paper under the name of Bill 101, the Charter of the French Language must be replaced to change with the times since we are not living in the 60s, nor the 70s anymore. It was unwanted by the English Speaking Minority in Quebec from the beginning, but forced through by provincial Separatists (Parti Québécois) dominating the provincial legislature, aided by Quebec ethno-Nationalist Political parties (Parti Libérale du QC) that sought to take advantage of the post-colonial era by claiming to be the saviours of culture.
After receiving death threats for my stance on the Bill, I posted this response, to elaborate on the above:
This law is worshiped as these political factions' false prophet to shield the political élite’s corruption, since we have seen clearly over the past year or so, the exposure of each of these political factions after another of immense mafioso-infiltrated corruption while Billions are blown out the windows on the public purse (Duschenau tried, Bellemare tried…both failed to stop even a corrupt Judicial system that white-washed Charest). This infamous Bill has led to the legalised bullying of the Anglophone Community in Quebec, and any ethnicity (even French speaking immigrants that are not 'white enough') that opposes the local Maîtres chez nous mentality, with support from street gang militant separatist terrorists like Renaud Léger of Beloeil (who assaulted me shortly after this was filmed, on April 17th, 2011, photo below) of the Réseau de resistance québécoise. Note, the RRQ is led by the sore loser who refused the Plains of Abraham battle re-enactment with their repetitive ‘take 101 or the 401’ or 'En Français!' verbal harassment chanting from the boot stomping storm trooper wannabes - incidentally, this was right in front of World-Renowned McGill University, downtown Montreal, a University founded by one of Quebec's most famous Scots-Quebeckers.
Is this the type of Quebec that awaits graduates from such a great University? Why do I have to listen to a supposedly ‘pertinent’ Paul Arcand on the Radio each morning who complains that so many students come to Montreal and just 'leave' afterwards – is it not obvious enough for you Paul?! Ils quittent le Québec, car il n'y a pas de futur évident pour eux icitte ! Le Queéec est en déclin depuis qu'il essait de homogéniser ces minorités. As mentioned in the rise and fall of EN Montreal, the video documents, at about six minutes, the documentary describes how even bilinguals leave the province to be appreciated elsewhere, due to institutionalised discrimination based on ethnicity and linguistic background, which is reinforced by this law. Did not Maxime Bernier complain about using coercion, only to be attacked from all sides by the knee-jerk reacting Quebec media (la brimade)? If you missed it, see the Press Review. Now we have Marc Gendron calling it out for what it really is, a racist and discriminatory bill – this is how we can beat the discrimination together, by having an honest discussion and not just denying the elephant in the room, as this law is and those related to it: 22, 68 - for all Quebeckers.
For those who want a quick Top 10 read, from the Rally to Abolish Bill 101 FB page, my friend Mike Bradley puts a great summary of why this bill is a failure to interests of Quebec:
1) To stop dividing our Quebec society so that we can all live in harmony;
2) To allow the freedom of choice for all of Quebec’s citizens to send their children to whichever school they feel will give their child the education they need to succeed in life;
3) To recognize the rights of the Anglophone community and not just those of the Francophone;
4) To have all institutions of the Government of Quebec provide services in BOTH of Canada’s official languages to all of Quebec’s citizens and companies;
5) To allow immigrants the opportunity to attend English schools (Especially if their mother tongue is English);
6) To stop the migration of our most talented and educated citizens;
7) To enable companies to work in BOTH of Canada’s official languages;
8) To stabilize the economy from the constant fear of separation;
9) To increase investment in Quebec;
10) To change the world’s perception that Quebec is anti-English and only concerned for its French citizens
|Our Small but Loud and Proud Protest, April 17th, 2011 (there was one in August+October too)|
The second reason why Billy 101 (thanks Steve Théberge) sucks: after seeking recourse against the largest Institutionalised Pension Fund Manager in the country, it became blatantly obvious to me that this law serves as a method of psychological harassment to make unilingual English speakers feel as if they are not in their ‘native’ or ‘official’ territory (en réponse à ceux qui pense qu’il n’est pas correct qu’Anglophone soit unilingue chez eux). Sovereigntist and ultra-nationalist leadership, or more rightly described as Losership, have brainwashed this minority into feeling that they are a Bad Quebeckers if they do not speak French (or even if they are bilingual, for not assimilating themselves completely), even though you are both undoubtedly Canadian and Quebecker no matter what official language you chose to speak, which includes first nations native languages also. This has been repetitively stated by the political Losership, and even mainstream television hosts like notre ‘ti Guy A. LePage on Tout le monde en parle (a popular TV show considered the Sunday Mass equivalent show on Radio-Canada, the French language), as well as an incitement to hatred by P.K. Peladeau’s wife and Star Académie Prime-Time Anglo Bashing hostess Julie Syder - to stop this, please file a complaint with the CRTC here ladies and gentlemen (even if it is after the archaic 28 day limit, Quebecor will have to hear about it), it has been over a decade we have had to listen to Julie bitch about ‘les anglais’ although her geography could do with some serious work, since England is where the English live, we are in Canada, thank you very much. You can easily find Parti Quebecois leaders stating that un bon Québécois parle le français – and the ethnic majority of the province, even Marois Dumont, has stated how ridiculous this idea is, as well as Mongrain vis à vis le Bloc Quebecois last year, just before their spectacular fall from grace.
Example of how little Quebec Authorities care about criminals who terrorise us in the street for protesting for equal rights: specifically to a Montreal Crown Prosecutor who rejected our President’s right to press charges (pending Civil Suit against Renaud Léger of Beloeil – wearing Black RRQ cap below):
Your declaration (Prosecutor) to the very helpful Montreal Police investigator in October 2010, that this televised assault was 'not important' that someone be assaulted and have no criminal recourse is disgusting – this just yet another documented piece of discrimination against our community. In our most recent protest, of October 16th, 2011, one could hear this RRQ member chanting on the other side of the de Maisonneuve Street 'la loi 101 ou la 401 - pour un Québéc prospère, Hugo à Vancouver' - such is the typical personal attacks by what we refer to locally as Bluenecks or Septards (militant retarded separatists - Thanks to Steve Mace for this term). Perhaps this is also a result of their poor working conditions and being forced back to work by the Liberal Party of Quebec. In the same way, my Friend Eric Bouthillette was picked up just the other week by police just for protesting, and walloped with a $435 fine – our democratic rights have been stripped from us in Montreal in general by an over-zealous police force, unless you show up as 200 hundred thousand, as did the students the other day.
Nous sommes les anglophones du Québec qui adore la langue française (tel que bien expliqué par Josh Freed ) : c’est la raison pour laquelle nous vivons ici. Mon prénom, et celui de ma sœur, Monique, sont en partie d’origine française parce que nos traditions Franc-Normandes continuent depuis plus que 1000 ans déjà (voir Ascelin Perceval de Gouel, ou bien, Robert D’Ivry qui on envahit l’Angleterre avec Guillaume le conquerant). We simply want to live without institutionalised discrimination based on language, and especially for it to stop at by our provincial government.
(since this is not just a Bitch fest, let's figure out how to rectify the situation...)Solution: as Provided by Charles Stuart, Member of the Quebec Office of the English Language:
Combined with the Ontario French Services Act, Bil 199 would be a real step in the right direction Quebec!
Mise en contexte
: Deltell, before he was sucked into the CAQ, represents pretty close my point of view: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYbwhlUR3EU (Gerard is certainly not Anglophobic and speaks English well. Apart from the completely and utterly part, which seems a little harsh to the ears, but well he's speaking in the heart of ethno-nationalism - at the provincial legislature...so I forgive him, for that time 🙂 only – now I do not support him because he’s with the CAQ “dictator” LeGault.
TheQuebec Office of the English Language has a great write-up on this here, I invite you to understand our point of view from their website, since this is a grass-roots organisation that has accomplished significant awareness of our situation, and many members of our Committees have contributed their stories in public there. Since this discrimination was not stopped when placed into legislation, it has spilled over onto all other minorities, such as laws against those who wish to wear headscarves as part of their religious upbringing – this law, and laws like it, pass judgement against communities that are well established in Quebec and punish them for not being homogenised with the ethnic majority. Jean-François Lisée just confirmed this to us the other day, so sickening that even the Globe and Mail's great Lysiane Gagnon kicked this man in the pants below - thankfully in text, not physically!
Here is how Victoria, a very vocal friend whom is against this law, has found the exact term that describes what has been freely flowing since the assent of this law:Victoria Lys Hunter
Position Number Four, as reason to replace this law (as mentioned above, a good replacement would be Bill 199) goes to: discouraging competition and diversity in the workplace by acting as if the external world to QC does not exist, nor should be considered when making decisions that affect all members of the province (comme si on continuait de vivre dans un village Québécois avec un Mur qui s’appelle la loi 101 toute autour de nous), because it is dominated by an Anglosphere surrounding the province, and favoring the ethnic majority of the province Uber Alles. Lucien Bouchard and many lucid individuals of the Franco-Quebecker élite have complained repetitively about the complacency and lack of competitiveness that are directly to the workplace environments no thanks to this discriminatory law, especially since it discourages bilingualism. And that is where Quebec’s ‘guvmint’, and its love for ‘collective rights’ (?) have failed Quebec, by ignoring the importance of open and clear communication with not only its neighbors in surrounding provinces (and visiting tourists) and United States, but also a 1M person strong anglo provincial minority. What FGdamn logic is there in backing a law that is against the Lingua Franca and against investment by those from 'outside the Clan'- Cessons de jouer à l'autruche. This is rather ironic considering the Anglophobia of the Parti Québécois is well known (with PQ party strategists J.-F. Lisée propagating for them hatred through big QC media; his message that English is bad for QC ‘Icite on parle English’ and we refuse to integrate into the provincial majority French speaking community). Yet, the PQ consider itself The Party of Quebeckers, listen to la scélérate Marois here, who, on one hand, has stated QC is the poorest and most taxed region in all of Canada and the U.S.A. (or on its way to being shortly),while they are the provincial party that pushed through the Law that has turned Quebec into the poorest province in the first place!From I am a Champion for Canada, et le Québec est Inclus dans Mon Pays, here is the verbose reasoning:
We can make a difference and embrace bilingualism not only for many of the reasons above - mais il faut penser aussi, ceux qui vivent en Europe, par défaut, doivent apprendre trois langues normalement au début. Pensez plus loin que les deux langues, s’il vous plait. We have to help people learn French in Montreal by promoting bilingualism, since we are a bilingual country, even my father in Vancouver shows us an example of French speakers in Vancouver back in the early eighties (see near the end of the clip please), and to welcome visitors here, meaning signs should be equal in size when it is with respect to a person's security, and to help those who wish to learn French slowly (while seeing the equivalent in the other language), since it is done in several ways/speeds depending each individual and their situation.
Charle le Quint nous a dit, d'après le superbe proverbe turc qui veut dire qu’autant de langues que le gentilhomme sait parler qu’au-tant de fois est-il homme - Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, used a Turkish proverb to say that the more languages you know, the more you are a person 🙂
Here is more explanation of the message that was sent out to those who joined us for the first three
Position 5: Bill 101 is legislative xenophobia, even if passive and articulate - it represents the underlying Anglophobia of the provincial ethnic-majority against its own population. The Anglophone community is a diverse group that lives in over 70 communities in QC, and over 90 municipalities, yet are written in this infamous bill, as officially unofficial, which is typical disrespect from the separatist/independantist/souverainist Losership against the rest of Canada, and frankly immoral. QC is not a separate country and QC's populace has already decided three times it will not be (Referenda, and the Orange Crush last year) leaving the country, yet this legislation continues, une loi désuete qui appartient aux années 70-60 (a reactionary law from the 60-70s), which the Feds have done little to stop. Here is an example of that tribal territorialism written into the Bill, that clearly is against bilingualism, from a Government site itself:
For another example of a source of these territorialists and how far they will go with their Xenophobia: Here is a great article from Éric Duhaime (La Nouvelle Lubie de Curzi) regarding crazy anglophobes like Pierre Curzi, and their nasty ideas of re-writing Bill 101 to ban English signage in QC completely (as was passed and rolled-back in April 2011 during the Parti Québécois’ convention). Thankfully, the Minister I often criticise, Christine Ste-Pierre, rejected this outright.
Position 6 Je me souviens de la loi discriminatoire 101 – One day, both sides of the linguistic divide shall look back at this and shame the ridiculous Losership of the septards and natchialeux and their legalised discrimination, which has been used as a bureaucratic tool of insurgency for an independent state, while the Feds have used our minority as the sacrificial lamb of Canadian Unity appeasement to the former political factions while failing to protect minorities in Quebec and ensure the rule of law is respected. This has misled QC into severe negative interdependence situation financially and economically - when I looked just now, April 4th, 2012, that Debt Clock number was $248.756BN - divide that up by 8M people and think of solutions - is it not obvious ridding us of Bill 101 would help? If the interests of ALL Quebeckers were a priority by both the Feds and the QC Losership, we would not be now considered the Alabama of Canada (replace racial segregation with linguistic segregation). In this way, inaction by the Feds has destroyed our community – especially the school boards (subject of schools covered thoroughly below).
Here are the findings of the Chaput-Champagne report conducted over two years by Francophones from New Brunswick and Saskatchewan - In short, the English-speaking communities would like to be seen as an asset, not a threat, and would like to be able to take part in the decisions that affect their future and the future of Quebec society.
“The committee hopes that in the future the results of this study and the recommendations set out in it will provide direction for the federal government’s approach to Quebec’s English-speaking communities. It is particularly important that the specific needs of these communities in the various sectors that affect their development be well understood”, stated Senator Maria Chaput, chair of the committee. “In summary, federal institutions must fully respect the rights enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and meet their obligations under Part VII of the Official Languages Act. To do so, they must stay informed of the day-to-day challenges and needs of English-speaking communities across Quebec. For this to happen, consultation must be the watchword for relations between governments and communities in all instances.”
7th position: Bill 101 Attacks Multiculturalism by turning its back to the interests of Quebec’s ethnic minorities by attacking the politics of multiculturalism, by asking that Quebec be exempt from the rest of Canada’s open-armed approach to different cultures establishing themselves in their new homeland. As Billy 101 suggests Quebecois values exclude the multi-cultural base (i.e. integrate with the ethnic FR-speaking majority or leave) - notice EN - speakers are required exclusion, of course, by default - 1M people! Many intellectuals have argued that this Inter-Culturalism is good, which really means cede to the dominant culture or get lost.
The QC govt ignores the proven positive effects of the multicultural approach to integration of these minority communities, and especially in the workplace (link to least diverse study). Study after study, the QC govt refused to take into consideration the interests of ethnic communities in Quebec (whether natives, anglo, allo, etc – all these annoying labels used to segregate society here), and francophones those who appreciate multicultural diversity brainwashed into being ‘bad Quebecker’s for thinking outside of the Tribe/u. Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois (I call her la Scélérate) arrogantly states that her party is the party for Quebeckers, and none other, of course (thanks to Mario Dumont for pointing this out) - imagine a U.S. Party calling itself the American Party, and thus declaring voters ‘Bad Americans’ if they did not vote for the American Party? Insisting that this goes against Quebec values to allow immigrants to maintain their respective cultures on Canadian soil, and using the straw-man of survival ofQuebec’s French speaking culture, is absolutely contrary to the reality and interests of modern Quebec.
This combination of xenophobic ideas is directly related to the lack of diversity in the workplace, as mentioned above in point four, since Bill 101 projects that idea that the Master ethnicity must control culture in Quebec, and this leads to the negative effects of tribalism described in the previous paragraph – Bill 101 indirectly promotes a non-competitive government for the ethnic majority of the province who hold 97.5% of Civil Service positions due to the constant demonization of multi-culturalism as a detriment to Quebec Society.For more on this, please see the article here in comments (which has vanished from the Gazette, as usual): Despite government promises, anglophones remain a small proportion of civil servants. Why aren't more being hired? BY MARIAN SCOTT, THE GAZETTE OCTOBER 9, 2010I have personally sat through ceremonies, with sadness, where international entrepreneurs and recent immigrants entered contests only to be find their great work ignored because they weren`t part of the ethnic majority. The disappointment on the face of a man of Jordanian background, who had invented an actual product for the international markets that had great potential (but needed the financial boost to get started), to see the first serious financial prize given to a small business that needed a new oven for a local restaurant – hardly the big job creation investment, I tell you! Note that restaurants are places devoid of innovation, but if you really are an international City, you look for things that need help to be put on the international market.
The political faction that supports Bill 101 is still stuck in the middle of another century, following the losership of Camille Laurin or Jacques Parizeau avec des lois dèsuetes !?
80% of Quebeckers are francophone, and a qualified majority of the remaining are bilingual, the French language has existed here for over 400 years, but one thing is for sure that the rise and fall of zealotry and intolerance occurs very frequently in Quebec culture (FLQ, SSJB, Jeune Patriotes, RRQ). They represent the militant separatist Anglophobes, and here is one of their ignorant chiefs, Louis Préfontaine, getting owned by my francophone friends.
I have to correct the Editor of No Dogs or Anglophones (forhis article Cautionary Tale of Anglophobia), regarding Ubisoft (2300+ employees/consultants in the gaming industry here) - because I just helped my Cousin pack up his stuff in December 2011 and head home to Spain after he was invited over to on a tax-free artificial intelligence visa. The work environment at Ubisoft was majority FR, as well as for communications, and because he is not a linguist (picked up EN well, but never really FR - mainly because it was forced upon him so much) and they did not bother do translate much in to EN also (another by product of Bill 101 stating that the work environment must be unilingual, if over 50), he found it unwelcoming an unaccommodating to say the least.
He was also sick of the structure (Je SUIS TANNÉ AUSSI M. PRESCOT, merci!), run by ethno-nationalists who did not care about the international talent, considering he was invited over for an artificial intelligence visa in the first place (!), and the hard work they put in over many, many a weekend, months and months on end. They showed their appreciation for all his extra work by offering him a SINGLE DAY-off extra... so they were all surprised when he resigned and waved good goodbye within a few week of them showing how little they cared about his free-visa level technical knowledge (most corp environments are not sympathetic anyway, but considering all the ethno-nationalist 'we're better than everywhere/one else in the world syndrome' added on... it was a no-brainer to him to search for greener pastures.
Where the Editor of No Dogs or Anglophones is right: the Insane have taken over the asylum of the QC's largest metropolis, and until they become more open minded to OTHER cultures, and allow the 'impure' to advance, companies will chose elsewhere to setup their head offices or branches once they are warped by local culture, unless they are bribed by our corrupt provincial government to say – in which we should greatly discourage, since it means pulling from your and my pocket to continue this dead-end and broken ideology of linguistic purity! Our public purse has so many other issues more pressing, instead of fixing the root causes of the tranquill decline of the province, by putting more money in to bribe companies dilutes our wealth – c’est l’équivalent de mettre de l’eau dans son vin.
The Fraser Research Institute has documented the pitiful $7-person spent on bilingualism while the Franco-Ontarians have much better share at over $650 (that is over 90 times as much spent, btw) – the disrespect for our Official Language Minority has even been legitimised by not only discriminatory statements by members of the PQ refusing to answer questions in English, but also by a hypocritical QC Justice Minister Jean-Marc Fornier of the QC Liberal Party who stated he will no longer (CTV source) – this is hyprocritical because at the time of his statement you can see on his public Facebook page that he posts in BOTH Official languages still. He lives in an officially bilingual neighbourhood, so I guess this is just another case of a dirtbag Anglophobic lying politician in QC: "I want to fix this habit that we had to treat both languages as if both languages were official languages of Quebec." That is correct people, there is our Justice Minster stating that I have no need to address people in English, and you wonder why it is hard to have a fair trial in Quebec, well, there you have it trickle right on down from the Political élite.
Francine Weston, an executive member of our Committee, originally from the United States, has been disgusted with the Quebec Governments’ never-ending process to obtain a simple certificate just to obtain the right to have her child educated in a bilingual school, instead of a French-only (with only 1.5hrs a week of English) – this is counter the United Nations Convention, rights of education (source):
Position 8 of the top 20 reasons Bill 101 is not in the interests of Quebec: It is a vindictive legal tool put in place as revenge for injustices from past generations against French Canadians - and holds present and future generations of all Quebeckers accountable for actions they personally had no control over. If one were to watch what Mandella did in the recent Movie Invictus, one would fully understand that? Bill 101 has been the wrong approach, and turns the nasty vindictive turn with a former ruling minority elite, and is not reconciliatory in any way. More than vindictive even, is when you hear the myths propagated for an entire generation by Camille Laurin, and his PQ contemporaries like Bernard Landry, as a fanatical religious sect would do. The President of France, Sarkozy, even attacked these ideas as not sharing values of La Francophonie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4ve1bN6uz0&feature=related) and takes a hard-line against the separatists and their sectarian style of politics.
At every chance and every opportunity, the Parti Québécois and it’s Federal equivalent Bloc Québécois (although the latter now has less seats that a Toyota Tercel, now!) demand that any sight in Quebec of the Federal government be wiped out (see last year's Flag incident, eastern townships, one of many anecdotes), or any Federal involvement in the lives of Quebeckers vanish (yes, react negatively to Harper if you want, but he at least recognised the sociological nation of Les [franco]Quebecois).
A recent example can be found by means of the demands in February 2009, regarding federally owned lands in the region of Quebec City. Presenting the Federal government as if it were a `foreign nation’, the Bloc and their PQ cohorts demand in warrior-like rhetoric that the Plains of Abraham and the lands surrounding it and including the Quebec National Assembly be ceded to the Province. The Plains of Abraham, a Canadian National Historic site, are managed and maintained by National Battlefields Commission since its creation in 1908, with the goal of honouring the memory of soldiers from both sides of the decisive battle in 1759, and preserving the site for future generations. This sad tendency to strive for the disappearance of any Federal presence from the province applies also to Canadian Flags, which the presence, as minimal is it is already in the province of Quebec, would be considered an insult, or worse still, as a declaration of war by the Canadian Federal government according to the separatists who enacted put this infamous Charter into law in 1977. Having voted against separation, not once, but twice and witnessed their willingness to stay within a United Canada, do Quebeckers not have the right to proudly raise the Canadian Flag? Considering that, the central Maple Leaf design itself originated from Ottawa-based francophone Jacques Saint-Cyr, and that our Canadian National Anthem originated from Quebec, or is this perhaps yet another part of history the sovereigntists have tried to cyclically brainwash the populace to forget, anywhere they wish in Quebec?
Insert stats of population from 100 years ago
And, again, you cannot ask most Francophones to give good reasons why Bill 101 should still be around, like listen to this gaffe from the lucid André Pratte, venerated editor of La Presse:
‘Even with Bill 101 in force for nearly 30 years, the 2001 census showed that there were still more allophones who adopted English as their language of use at home than there were who adopted French. In trying to attract immigrants to your ranks - if I can put it that way - you have a powerful tool: the domination of the English language on the continent and, indeed, in the whole world. French Canadians do not have the equivalent of that, and never will. They have only one tool: the law.’
Of course, André is completely wrong here (dearly sorry M. Pratte), considering how little importance he puts on how you attract people to a culture by enticing them to a great language with the creative films we have here (Incendies, Les invasions barbares, Monsieur Lazar), work at great Quebec Inc. companies (Transcontinental, Transat, Bombardier, Cirque du soliel), or great music (Daniel Belanger, Dumas, Arrianne Moffat, Eric Lapointe, Jean LeLoup, DJ Champion), or any other forms of media to gracefully attire Quebeckers to the French language – and this is where Maxime Bernier was trying to persuade people also – you cannot FORCE people to love a language, and this is probably the reason for so many turning to the English language, because it associated with Freedom and not draconiamism.Francophones outside of Quebec, continue speaking their language and work in it to a percentage of about 70%, as reported here by CTV following Stats Can studies, so yet another myth preached by Quebec’s fear mongers, that Francophones instantly get assimiliated into the ‘sea’ of the anglosphere once outside of ‘mother’ Quebec’s language laws.
Bill 101 is the kiss of death, according to the following author, of attracting people to the French in Quebec (voir Le baiser de la mort, MERCI Jean Barbe!), and this spills over into the rest of Canada too. You want to see what it is like to come across this attitude from franco-fascists like Louis Préfontaine, who project their Bill 101 attitude online, as if the Charter has jurisdiction over the Internet (!), here you go:
---Context: people making political conversation about QC on facebook, the page of a Liberal Candidate to attempt to oust Gilles Duceppe from his own riding, 2010:Louis Préfontaine En français SVP. Vous êtes au Québec. Si vous voulez parler une langue étrangère, allez vivre ailleurs. (he demands people speak in FR, tells us we are in QC, although this is the Internet, and stattes that we want to speak a ‘foreign’ language, we should go live elsewhere – nice, eh? So André, is this the intended use of your Only Tool? A sacred tool, to be used by Language Bullies?)
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Valérie Brown ?@Louis ....tu es terrible mais j'aime ton franc parler
The French language Charter has a section to prevent harassment of people based on their language, but of course, the bullies of the RRQ, OQLF, PQ, and the Nationalists amongst the Liberal Party of Quebec, and the like, forget discrimination against non-francos immediately. It was sort of like when I asked at the Caisse de dépôt to be protected by the code of ethics and they came back and did nothing, Human Resources did nothing (even deleted the e-mail when I reported it), then I went to report a complaint to the Working Standards Commission, and the judge did nothing to condemn the severe harassment (but took the time to attack me for documenting their Internal Audit Failure of 2008), and now I am waiting on the QC Human Rights Commission’s Panel to deal with that we all know very well, that Anglophones are not welcome in the Quebec office place, especially not the Government Office space. Update, the QC Human Rights Commission dropped the ball...
Prevention of advancement is passive racism (a scenario that repeats itself everywhere, in different forms), and during the fall of 2008 all I saw were Algerians, Vietnamese, Anglos, (et al...allos) virés ou contrats coupés par la Caisse de Défauts. It was not until the arrival of Sabia that the 'cream' of incompetents at the top started to lose their jobs: as if before he arrived, they were taking Parizeau's idea that it's all la faute des éthniques...very sad. Vraiment triste, we could have saved billions if I was allowed to optimise things and get the reports working quickly. It is as if everything was delayed so the thieves could get out with their bonuses before everyone really found out what was really going on...
This ignorance of an official language minority, with no-one to stand up for their rights (Not Even Federalist Politicans, other than Maxime Bernier or Larry Smith) leads me into my the next reason this discriminatory legilsation is disconnected from today’s society in Quebec. Please note that ignorance is not a language or cultural based failing – it’s a personality disorder that uses whatever fear is current to cause problems.
Sunday June 15th, 2012, our Fifth Protest Against Bill 101 - with Natives supporting our cause, and fed up of language discrimination within their communities forced by QC City, since they use English as the language to communicate with other Native Nations across Canada.
Do not Anglophones, along with their fellow Quebeckers, have an interest to contribute equally to the Economy, the Environment, and Culture? With the success of musical talent like Arcade Fire or Sam Roberts, you`d think with such success the QC govt would fully embrace it – nope, when it’s an English Speaking success… Need more proof from our belligerent government? From the Economic Investment leader in the Province, we are excluded openly and officially, here is a recent Communiqué from the Caisse de dépôt and placement du Québec, by an Anglophone who has drunken the QC nationalist kool-aid of the élite in this province which methodologically and systematically exclude us from the largest institutionalised investment and pension fund in Canada (Charest included):
Charest has not worked at the Caisse de défauts, as I have, and we most certainly worked in both languages since we interacted (and they still do obviously) with the rest of the business world, which uses the Lingua Franca (English), thus even our Provincial Premier irresponsibly propagates the lie that EVERYTHING happens in French at the CDPQ : «Je pensais avoir été clair, M. le président. À la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, ça se passe en français - since this is the head office (well, the Price Building in QC City, is 'officially') but really the CDP Capitol building on Riopelle Square (100 Place Riopelle) is where things happen. As the largest Institutional Pension Fund in Canada, we interacted with offices around the world, and the use of English is very frequent, as this is not a unilingual francophone ghetto as our lying Premier has stated publicly.
With Bill 101, one cannot even put up a bilingual sign that has both languages in Equal size, since this Bill states that French must be predominant (an extension of language discrimination since the days of Bill 22,78)! How can this Provincial Government pretend to defend the interests of Quebec while affirming, according to the ‘Dr.’ Camille Laurin, that Anglos are a spoilt, over-funded minority, best-treated in the world minority (an disgusting opinion widely held, even to this day mais faux - lisez le Devoir), whereas at the same time, they refuse to address them in English through their tools of communication (Bloc+Parti Québécois policy!!!!)? What political party writes off an entire part of the population that represents between 1 Million English speakers (and downtrodding the + 2 Million Bilingual persons of French-speaking majority) within their own province of 8M, by not even providing a link to English on their several government web sites? For more details see below, thanks to a study from the Fraser Institute, on this 'Best Treated Minority in the World' myth, please read Don MacPherson's latest.
What possible credibility do these Provincial Separatist and Nationalist parties have, when they demand that our francophone brethren across Canada be respected, when their own ‘National-Assembly’ forces segregation-is-the-only-answer and unilingualism (the manipulative phrase 'la langue officiel du Québec', which does not say the ONLY official language, but is a sophisticated form of reverse discrimination) upon their local linguistic minority – what other result can we have than to deduce pure hypocrisy (while Children of the élite attend bilingual or English private schools and attend American Universities)? Their idea of a unilingual Quebec is not what our society represents, thus, supporting Bill 101 (or even more crazy, re-enforcing it for Adult Education!) means swallowing the ‘Anglos do not matter to me’ pill.
A Franco-Ontarian friend described our situation clearly recently (I fixed up the FR for readability):
Les anglophones du Québec ne puissent occuper la position de minorité la plus choyé au monde, les séparatistes du Québec l’occupent déjà cette position. J'ai remarqué qu’Hugo semble être bien au contraire très positif. Il a bien appris le français alors qu'il habitait en Colombie britannique. Pour une personne qui n'est guère intéressé, je trouve cela amusant que tu prennes la peine de répondre. En tant que Francophone, j'ai constaté que le problème vécu par des anglophones au Québec est différents du nôtre. Nous avons de la misère à recevoir les services en Français car le bilinguisme chez les graduer anglophones en dehors du Québec est faible. Alors que les anglophones ont de la misère à recevoir les services dans leur langue parce que des séparatistes ont l'attitude de dire qu'ils n'ont aucuns droits à ces services (septards sont des crasseurs!). Il y a même des lois qui limitent l'accessibilité aux services dans leur langue (fausse seuil de 50% dans les municipalités, surtout quand le site de L’OQLF dit le contraire). Il y a aussi la loi 101 qui est fondamentalement nuisible et franchement irrespectueuse envers le segment anglophone de cette province. Vous devriez comprendre ce concept: Les anglophones ont autant droit à cette province que vous. Ils sont chez eux aussi, ils payent des taxes et ils votent. Ce ne sont pas des réfugiés ni des touristes, ce sont des citoyens Canadiens. En Ontario ils ont compris cela avec les services en Français, et nous sommes respectés comme il faut depuis une bonne génération.
A positive way forward would be to bury the myth that anglo’s deserve to be ignored because they refuse to speak French – with the level of bilingualism ranging from 70-80 percent, depending on the municipality, these old ideas, as old as the ideas that back this unjust law in the first place, have no place in a modern, international society. Open-minded studies, led by lucid academic Richard Y. Bourhis, at the University of Montreal how put aside the usual indifference and have contributed significant documentation, via a conference, as to why our community is still taken for granted amongst the majority in Quebec.
BTW - Here is the updated Anglo-Quebecker Flag, designed and voted on in 2011.
A note from Erik LaCharity on the Flag to represent the English Speaking Community in Quebec (Official Language Minority: 994,723 (13.4%):
On August 21st 2011, the Facebook group ''Anglo-Quebec Identity Flag'' promoted the development of a community flag for the whole of the Anglo-Quebec population. The process was similar to the development of various provincial francophone identity flags. The winning flag was a compromise between those submitted by Erik Lacharity, Francine Weston and Dominque St-Pierre Murphy. The red cross represents the Anglophone culture in the north, south, east and west Quebec. The central fleur-de-lys (Lilly) represents Quebec. On October 9th, 2011, the four red Maple leafs were added upon recommendations from Peter-Thomas Kennedy, Kirk Bennett, Brendan Myers, Mark Stranacher, Erik LaCharity and myself to represent the Anglo-Quebec people in all four corners of the province, who are proud to be part of Canada. The light blue symbolizes the many waterways of Quebec.
Why a Flag? Every Canadian province has a flag for the Francophone minority and its ok with the majority of their population (not perceived as a threat), but somehow in Quebec and Anglo flag is considered by certain Quebec Nationalists, or Sovereigntists, as offensive. We have a flag. It was recently emended with maple leaves to better reflect a connection to our country, let's embrace it.
Here are the oft-forgotten Seventy Bilingual Communities in Quebec (% of EN speakers):
460 Grosse-Île in the Magdalen Islands (75%)
555 Harrington (71.6%) 
2015 Stanstead (69%)
230 Arundel (37%)
3,905 Pincourt (35%)
Not sure why, but the Town of Mount Royal is about 40% English-Speaking, yet is not on this list from Wikipedia.
Why protest Bill 101 now? I was asked on CJAD Radio last Spring, just prior to our first anti-Bill 101 protest (there were 3 last year) – I told them, on live radio, how many more schools have to shut down before you give a damn?! Do we have to go through another Exodus before action is taken?
The Nationalists or Sovereigntists do not listen to our demands, so we must seek this via passive resistance and repetitive protest, as was warned a generation ago. It is time for our Community to thrive again, and leaving access to our school system unrestricted is a must, otherwise Carlyle and Nesbitt will go at the next round of cuts. On n'en veut plus des lois vindicatives péquistes ou nationalistes, merci. Aidez-nous à mettre l'anglophobie des parties politiques (de même le CAQ) dans le passé SVP.http://archives.cbc.ca/politics/provincial_territorial_politics/clips/7445/ This law has moved QC away from bilingualism officially, while claiming to protect a language that is not in danger in QC - by using coercion versus incentive, anti-free market ignorant of the realities, for more, please read Maxime Bernier's comments (for which he was attacked by all sides).
The Thirteenth Reason this false prophet for French Language in Quebec: Bill 101 has rendered the provincial economy broke, and left us in the greatest debt. In fact, we are in thetop five of the most-indebted industrialised nations, if you compare the province to the rest of the industrialised world. After the loss of Canada’s financial centre in Montreal to restrictive legislation and nationalist/separatist extremism, and referenda (1980, 1995). In the sixties, early seventies and before, Montreal was the most cosmopolitan, International city in Canada, yet once Bill 22, 78 and 101 set in, and consequently threw liberty and drove investment away, the flight up the road to Toronto was unstoppable - the trend still continues to this day with 18 companies moving out of Montreal, as denounced by Legault of the CAQ at the Montreal Chamber of Commerce - his recent plan is to push more private investment in Montreal, but refuses to accept the reality that Bill 101 has everything to do with the lack of business investment in Montreal (which drives QC's economy, effectively our powerhouse - and remains thwarted by discriminatory legislation).
SunLife Canada explicitly stated Bill 101 (image on No Dogs page) and that the Government meddling into Private business, a con of Stateism (which has replaced the dominance of the power of the Catholic Church here, or filled political vacuum), is the reason for their departure from Montreal. Montreal is such a joke of a city with respect to head offices, that even the Bank of Montreal is managed from Toronto, with only the skeleton crew local to the Montreal offices.
Air Canada, one of the last of the major National companies, has also been discreetly moving operations to Toronto and shrinking its Montreal base, since the drone and harassment of the provincial population at the hands of inebriated QC Nationalists and Separatists is incessant, and downright unaccommodating for internationally-oriented businesses.
Why is it that only some companies are allowed to benefit from a dispensation and have the right to act and operate like a
14th Reason to ignore this Law - motivated activists have used great historical quotes:
14.c) and perhaps the best recent reference, thanks again to the Editor of No Dogs or Anglophones:
Doctor King's quote is fantastic. How can Bill 101 be ‘allowed’ to exist by complacent Federal Governments? Smart Quebeckers, however, do not have to listen to this belligerent Provincial Government since our political losership is ignoring the precedence set in the British North America Act: (Section 133 of the BNA) and the Federal Official Languages Act that make English an official language of Canada. French was made official thanks to the OLA in 1980, but we know very well the seppies and nationalista in our province have decided to cheat and use the notwithstanding clause to declare the province unilingual. This declaration within this unfair Charter still a lie, since there are over 70 bilingual communities in Quebec and 85 municipalities that are officially bilingual. Est-ce que c'est le comportement d'un grand peuple de baisser son voisin avec une loi si discriminatoire ? Bien sur que non, c'est hònteux !
Is Bill 101 not simply a legislative wall between linguistic communities? Does not this cartoon summarise the legislated discrimination we have been enduring for thirty five years now?
The Fifteenth reason this law is out of date and makes no sense in 2012: How does one expect economic development to thrive when you have laws that are blatantly against the Lingua Franca. We are in an era of globalisation (see l’échec cuisant du nationalisme) and we all know that it is English, despite the local majority language of the Quebec village and the constant fear that ‘English is everywhere and drowning us out of our homes’ – this is misplaced fear and uses the local English Speaking Population as a scape-goat to revolt against the language of business. Head offices, branch plants, international organizations, research networks, academic institutions, global trade, all demand a workforce that can speak English, plus other languages, such as Spanish. As mentioned in the previous point about Montreal and being a global competitor - refusing to be open to the Lingua Franca is just counterproductive, and we are all paying for the decisions of the provincial Losership and its stubborn refusal to see the light regarding the use of English (also) at work, and for francophones to learn at the earliest age (and not just from grade six). Fortunately we can see on the Quebec Office of the English Language (a grass-roots organisation with a very active Facebook page) that more and more francophones are coming to see that English is today an opportunity more than a threat, but that political faction that is Anglophobic all holds us back with the politics of fear (i.e. Anglophobia, Globalisation, Multi-Culturalism). It is normal that francophones want their language and culture to endure and flourish, which it has without question for over 400 hundred years now, and with over 7 million speaking in QC alone, what need is there anymore for such draconian laws. Est-ce qu’il faut continuer de mâter les anglophones sans cesse depuis la révolution tranquille ? Non, il est grand temps qu’on passe aux choses importants ! This is where Andrée Champagne’s report to the Senate Committee carries great weight: “It is not an issue of winners and losers…with respect to the promotion of official languages. A ‘win’ for Anglophone minority rights does not necessarily constitute a threat to the aspirations of the francophone majority. The goals of the two communities do not have to be mutually exclusive and must be achieved in an atmosphere of respect for the rights of both.”
Regarding language and culture, here is a great point from Jacques Cadieux:Jacques Cadieux Et que faites vous du Latin…cette langue morte mais combien exigée encore dans les universités, la langue est très importante, mais la culture l'est encore plus. Le latin est une langue pourtant usuelle dans les cours universitaires, mais ce que l'on retire de cette langue c'est la culture, connaitre 5 langues de nos jours est un fait connu, mais une seule est retenue, tout dépend dans quel pays nous nous trouvons, mon fils parle 4 langues, il voyage dans tout les continents et il demeure à Winnipeg, pourtant, il est un vrai Québécois de souche, cessez de vous morfondre avec votre coeur sur le bras gauche, la vrai raison est notre culture, qu'elle soit Frangland ou Anglfench, soyons de vrais Québécois et croyons que le Canada est une entité dans laquelle le Québec n'a jamais été aussi bien.. Si une séparation aurait lieu aujourd'hui, chaque petit Québecois devrait à l'état une dette qui prendrait plus de 50 ans à effacer, soyons originals pour cette fois et devenons de Québécois Canadiens qui veulent se sortir d'une impasse.
|August 29th, 2011 - Protest Against Bill 101, Lionel-Groulx Metro|
But is not required today because it is totally inconceivable that such a large population of francophones will `lose`their language, especially since it would have happened already otherwise, well before the last 35 years since this loi desuète has been adopted! This article in FR attempts to associate bilingualism, and the use of English with being against the law, and that criminals should be persecuted, despite that the OQLF in their own literature state that a City can post information in EN if it wants! http://www.oqlf.gouv.qc.ca/english/infoguides/press_releases/municipalities.html
Since the sixties, the neo Ancien Regime types have sucked up many of key positions within the government under the guise of protecting la belle langue - they are the false prophets, and have only led us, with their Losership, to the depths of this Illusion Tranquille where we have either a conservative mafia or a franco-supremacist fascist party to choose from: maybe we can change that together, once the CAQ can grab a enough seats to make a difference - il est grand temps de travailler ensemble, ne pensez-vous pas ? (Is it not time to work together, again?)
Why are we making so much noise!? Still after all these Years of Bill 101, is it not obvious!
We are no Complacaphones (maîtres chez nous? cela veut dire que je suis un ésclave?) – SOLUTION we need ENFORCED MINORITY QUOTAS in the Govt, by the Commission des normes du travail, or the Human Rights Commission, who recently told the Medical Board to actually open the door to outside doctors, instead of completely (and they validate this) shutting them out of opportunities here. I listened to Paul Houde the other night, whose guest, from the association stated that the foreigner standards were too low to be allowed in, instead of admitting that racism might be a factor!!!! Is not sweeping a valid reason under the rug the typical childish method of denial, a negative defense mechanism, as Houde demonstrated? Whatever the case, we are desperate for more doctors, so why not allow some in, there might be surprises instead of using the scapegoat of 'they don't practice as our level over there in their country'... And we have heard so much noise about the new McGill hospital, and its demonization by the anti-bilingual language hawks, while everyone has forgotten about the loss of three major Hospitals for our community: Sherbrooke Hospital, Jeffery Hales’ Hospital in Quebec City, and the Reddy Memorial!
Pensez-y, dans n'importe quelle autre province du Canada, un chef de parti politique sera mis dehors toute suite s’il sont vus en train de promener avec un organisme terroriste tel que le RRQ, mais 'icitte dans notre illusion tranquille le Mafia infiltrés aux partis politiques et ceux qui veulent épurer la province de notre minorité continue de jouer leur jeux de bouc-émissaire, quand ils sont tous les deux (PQ ou PLQ) corrompus pour autant.
BTW: I posted Yvan Major's (RRQ, etc...) threats to Shebbeare, who complained about the harassment at work, and nothing was done by the RCMP, nor the local security service:
See more from the Facebook Site here Change bill 101 Fr: Modifier la loi 101
19 Violation of the United Nations Convention for Commercial Advertising the Right to Choose the Language of Education for Children
Making decisions for francophones that they cannot attend an English school is typical of this Nanny State intervention which violates the rights even of the majority, while making minorities and immigrants prisoners of the province – taking their choice of language preparation for a global world away from this – this is simply dishonest and 'crasseur'! As mentioned before,a poll conducted last year (somehow, the Gazette has mis-placed the online article) by the respected firm Léger Marketing showed that 66 per cent of Quebecers, including a 61 per cent clear majority of francophones are in favor of choice of language in education, which would meant the Gouvernemama is disconnected from QC society and ignorant of UN conventions.
Looking back at point 12, this is yet another part of the treacherous bureaucratic war of attrition at the hands of the provincial government against choice of the language of education with the intent of trapping Quebeckers from opportunities in other provinces in Canada, or from leaving for greater opportunities in the United States and abroad. But do not take my word for it, here are the full details from this great site (Thanks to Andrew Moroney for this reference):
The language of commercial signs
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
The UN Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the binding treaty, called the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, that was based on that declaration, was drafted by the late Professor John Humphrey of McGill University and was signed by Canada in 1976. Professor Humphrey was also the first director of the UN's Human Rights Division. He supported CIT-CAN in opposing the Quebec language laws. He said "The only way to get anywhere [about Quebec's language rights violations] is to speak as loudly as possible and shame [Canada] into doing something" (Ottawa, 1993). Canada continues to violate Articles 19 and 50 of the Covenant.
1. Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference.
2. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.
3. The exercise of the rights provided for in paragraph 2 of this article carries with it special duties and responsibilities. It may therefore be subject to certain restrictions, but these shall only be such as are provided by law and are necessary: (a) for the respect of the rights or reputations of others; (b) for the protection of national security or public order (ordre publique) or of public health or morals.
The provisions of the present covenant shall extend to all parts of federal states without any limitations or exceptions.
The UN's decision against Canada
In 1993 the UN Committee on Human Rights heard a case brought by Gordon McIntyre, an English-speaking Quebec undertaker, against Quebec's language law. At the time, the Charter of the French Language prohibited McIntyre from even identifying his business in English outside his building. Here is what the UN Committee wrote in its decision on the McIntyre case:
"While the restrictions on outdoor advertising are indeed provided by law, the issue to be addressed is whether they are necessary for the respect of the rights of others. The rights of others could only be the rights of the francophone minority within Canada under article 27 [of the Covenant]. This is the right to use their own language, which is not jeopardized by the freedom of others to advertise in other than the French language. Nor does the Committee have reason to believe that public order would be jeopardized by commercial advertising outdoors in a language other than French... The Committee believes that it is not necessary, in order to protect the vulnerable position in Canada of the francophone group, to prohibit commercial advertising in English. This protection may be achieved in other ways that do not preclude the freedom of expression, in a language of their choice, of those engaged in such fields as trade. For example, the law could have required that advertising be in both French and English. A state may choose one or more official languages, but it may not exclude, outside the sphere of public life, the freedom to express oneself in a certain language. The committee accordingly concludes that there has been a violation of article 19, paragraph 2."
But in Quebec, outdoor billboard advertising and public transit advertising is still prohibited in any language other than French. This violates both article 19(2) of the International Covenant and it also violates article 51, since the restriction applies only to Quebec. No other province restricts the language of commercial advertising. If you thought that freedom of expression was taken for granted in civilized countries you were wrong: free expression is suppressed in the Canadian Province of Quebec.
Access to English-language Education
UNESCO Convention/Recommendation against Discrimination in Education
Canada did not sign the Convention because education is a provincial jurisdiction and the provinces refused to allow Canada to sign the Convention on their behalf. Nevertheless, as a member of UNESCO, Canada is still bound by the Recommendation.
Section I (1)(c) of this convention prohibits discrimination in education:
1. For the purposes of this Recommendation, the term 'discrimination' includes any distinction, exclusion, limitation or preference which, being based on race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, economic condition or birth, has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing equality of treatment in education and in particular:
(c) Subject to the provisions of section II of this Recommendation, of establishing or maintaining separate educational systems or institutions for persons or groups of persons;
When permitted in a State, the following situations shall not be deemed to constitute discrimination, within the meaning of section I of this Recommendation:
(b) The establishment or maintenance, for religious or linguistic reasons, of separate educational systems or institutions offering an education which is in keeping with the wishes of the pupil's parents or legal guardians, if participation in such systems or attendance at such institutions is optional [our italics] and if the education provided conforms to such standards as may be laid down or approved by the competent authorities, in particular for education of the same level;
When these sections are read together, the conclusion is inescapable. In the absence of choice, the establishment or maintenance, for linguistic reasons, of separate educational systems or institutions is discriminatory by definition.
Article 5 of this Covenant guarantees parents the right to establish private and/or religious schools that operate outside the state system.
Here are some paragraphs from Article 5 of this Covenant.
(c) It is essential to recognize the right of members of national minorities to carry on their own educational activities, including the maintenance of schools and, depending on the educational policy of each State, the use and teaching of their own language, provided however:
(i) That this right is not exercised in a manner which prevents the members of these minorities from understanding the culture and language of the community as a whole and from participating in its activities, or which prejudices national sovereignty;
(ii) That the standard of education is not lower than the general standard laid down or approved by the competent authorities; and
(iii) That attendance at such schools is optional.
The law in Quebec
The passages in green apply to Canada's "national minority" of French Canadians, who comprise perhaps twenty-four percent of the total population. But Quebec's language law violates this treaty.
In Quebec, children of French-speaking parents are prohibited from attending English schools. English-speaking immigrant children are forced into French-language schools. There is no option. The right to attend an English public school in Quebec is hereditary, being passed from parents to their children, and so down the generations, establishing a "blood line" of people raised in Quebec who are eligible to attend English schools in Quebec. This "blood line" excludes all children of French-speaking parents from anywhere in Canada or the rest of the world, and it excludes English-speaking immigrants to Quebec from anywhere else in the world. If you thought that hereditary privileges disappeared along with feudalism, you were wrong: hereditary privileges live on in the Canadian Province of Quebec.
Le dernier des top vingt, the final of the top twenty (not to say that hundreds more exist), French, a language that defies centuries around the globe and for 400 years in Canada (depuis 400s ans, une langue qui défie les siècles, malgré la defaite sur les plaines) even hundreds of years after the definitive end to the Colony of New France, the French language has been maintained in Quebec, and is most certainly not in danger in the province - no matter how hard fear politics are played by the franco-supremacist blowhards like Mario Beaulieu, Gilles Proulx, Pierre Curzi who brainwash the ethnic majority of the contrary - with now over 7 Million speaking the language (alors vraiment une fausse tempête et débat), it is time for the ‘other’ official language in QC to be respected again (as done this week in Chateauguay), instead of the rights of Quebec’s Anglophone minority being forsaken for Canadian Unity. A generation of this damage to a once great province is enough, we all need to move on - il faut laisser l’anglophobie dans le passée pour le bien être de nous tous.
I am more than persuaded that I am doing what is right for the people of the province of Quebec, and nothing else matters to me now. The rule of law shall no longer be forsaken for the rights of minorities in this province, so help me God.
|Decorated Army Veteran Mr. Austern, at the Quebec For All Protest, Montreal Stock Exchange, 1981|
Post script notes and Bibliographical references
CBC publishes story and interviews regarding Serge Provost’s death threat (first story after intro) against Hugo Shebbeare: Full Story
Thanks to the Editor of No Dogs or Anglophones Blog for the support:
On l'as fait [l’entretien] en français aussi, mais Radio-Poubelle n’en voulait rein savoir ! Quelle surprise !
Why? Because Anglophones cannot be victims of any discrimination here, QC is perfect for our minority since the seperateux and nationalista have preached that we are the best treated minority in the world for decades (preaching their lies until the majority believe it is true) which we have to constantly counter this tide of prejudicial propaganda. Mais, comme d'habitude, rien n'est plus difficile à réfuter que ce qui est entièrement faux.
Tony Kondaks has published yet again on this subject, with an attempt to put the myth to rest: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1EcEfj5RzB-8Yp9q0IerRjvk5ZXkb2XjtQsZsvsbXca0
Oppressed [QC] anglo[phone]s are not ‘best treated’, The Suburban, Feb 1, 2012, page 15.
If anything, we are the one of the few remaining State-Sanctioned hated communities in the G20, here is yet again directly from the govt:
"I am a French Canadian from Quebec City," said one. "One day I am afraid I will have to leave Quebec...for good. Being force fed French by the language police is one of the reasons my roots have been severed ... This society went from blindly following the abusive rules of the Catholic Church to a new religion fad: language fanatism. Embarrassing."
Language question like 'Molotov cocktail' at get-to-know-you meeting with CAQ leader François Legault
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Bill+business/5849606/story.html (of course, 'cleansed' from the Gazoo, only available on Vigile.net)
Ted Wrights Wall of Shame, Anglophobic Graphiti across Montreal and surrounding area (Point 1,2,3,5 cover this): http://www.wiccab101.org/tedwrightswallsofshame.html
The editor of No Dogs or Anglophones has a similar list to this, he calls it POUTINEISM