Sunday , December 29, 2013
'Francophobia' on the rise: Quebec nationalists - Sun News Network
Sometimes I wonder if the French-speaking zealots in Quebec really live in the real world or do they live in a Quebec-centric Fantasyland? Don’t they realize that they exist purely on the basis of sufferance by the rest of the country? This article was printed by the Sun News Network on December 12, 2013 but I was too busy to circulate it then. I’m glad I waited now because the comments that followed the article (181) are mainly from the West and I am so happy to read that Westerners are not as disconnected as I thought about the issue of Quebec & their rabid obsession with their moribund language which they think should be accepted by the Rest (Most) of Canada while they do their level best to decimate the English-language and English-speakers in their province.
Their behaviour is very outrageous and extremely aggravating and yet they are puzzled when they read or see in the media that they are VERY unpopular right across the country!!! Very few Canadians have a kind word to say about the rabid French zealots - what you hear and read are mostly that they are corrupt, very whiney, proud of being dependent on the RoC (MoC); lack any real pride in themselves (how can beggars be proud?); totally unrealistic in their expectation that this situation of dependency will continue forever; in general, a very despicable lot that NOBODY likes!!! Am I being unkind?
Anyway, back to what I was saying about the comments on the article. Many of the commentators are right on (pay special attention to Ken Kellington, Valerie Clark & Kathy Kashuba; also read comments by Mary Forbes & Ian Kluge who have interesting things to say. It seems that many people out west are specially peed-off about Quebec being a constant receiver of largesse but NEVER having the good manners to be grateful for it. The constant whining is what gets up people’s noses and the increasing call for “Let Them Go” is getting louder!!!
My apologies to Anglo Quebecers who are having to suffer from being lumped in with this bunch of ingrates but really….can you blame the RoC (MoC)???
One of our very prolific researchers, Elizabeth B., has given us hope because Language Commish, Graham Fraser, has made several complaints at the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages on November, 25, 2013. Now, whenever that disgraceful pro-French person complains, we have cause to smile!!
"Generally speaking, official languages have not been targeted, but there has been collateral damage and unintended consequences for official languages stemming from closures and cutbacks. The result has been a subtle erosion of bilingualism through: the transfer of federal offices from bilingual to unilingual regions; the reduction of language-skill levels required for bilingual positions; the pressure on public servants to produce documents in English only; and the regular failure to offer a sufficient number of training programs in French.
We also see the posting of senior management positions where both official languages are described as an asset rather than a requirement - or described as a requirement and then not considered as such. The consequence of all this is a quiet undermining of the use of both languages in the workplace, and of the ability to offer services in English and French.
We have noticed that there has been a decline in percentage terms in bilingualism among anglophones, especially among young people. We have even noticed a 24-per cent decline over a 10-year period, especially among youth.
There are several reasons for that. First, enrolment in immersion courses has plateaued at about 300,000. A study conducted in the 1980s produced projections showing that, if the system's growth continued at its rate of that time, there would be one million immersion students by the year 2000. However, as funding has since levelled off somewhat, the number remained relatively stable at 300,000.
This is a single project that was developed jointly with my counterparts in New Brunswick and Ontario. We also looked at other provinces to determine the ability of superior court judges to understand both official languages. What struck us is that it is difficult to ascertain that ability because there is no way to evaluate the language skills of people who apply to become judges, and there is really no way to assess the courts' needs.
I am prepared to concede that, for certain positions outside Canada, provided the travelling public is served at the embassy, it is not essential for Canada's ambassador to Australia, for example, to be bilingual.
It is preferable. We always hope that our ambassadors represent us in both official languages, but bilingualism may be more preferable than essential in the day-to-day work of a Canadian ambassador to Australia.
The fact that I am taking part in this discussion is indicative of the fact that I am prepared to concede that bilingualism is not essential for certain positions, but the Privy Council must discuss genuine criteria in order for that to happen.
...the possible impact of the budget cuts on the official language minority communities. There is the closing of the Institut Maurice-Lamontagne. There is also the restructuring of Service Canada for the Atlantic region. Under the new regional organization, New Brunswick employees, who were previously supervised in New Brunswick, are now supervised from Halifax or St. John's. Their supervisors have no linguistic obligations, which makes the issue of the right to work in French a problem.
We noticed the name change from Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality to the Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages. In addition, a $120 million budget has been added for training for immigrants, but it has not necessarily been directed to the official language minority communities. I am not saying that to criticize language training for immigrants. I believe that is an extremely important issue. However, it slightly changes the situation regarding the original objectives for the action plan and the roadmap that succeeded it.
Some changes have been made to the roadmap with regard to language training, for example. We saw an initiative in the 2008-13 roadmap in which the School of Public Service conducted a pilot project with 11 universities to provide language training for future public servants. The purpose of that program was to ensure that students could achieve their language levels before entering the public service. However, that pilot project was not funded under the more recent roadmap, and I consider that unfortunate. Certain coordination items were also not funded.
The Conservative government is NOT bending over backwards as far as the Commish wishes and that is a GOOD thing!!! They are definitely not doing enough to roll back the disastrous effects of the OLA because we know that that policy is one of the most divisive policies in Canada, dividing Canadians along linguistic lines, pitting the future of the English-speaking majority against the interests of the French-speaking minority. NO country can hope to follow a policy that is so badly flawed and biased against the majority - it is against the principles of democracy and cannot be supported.
Here is Bob H’s letter to Shelley Glover when he received a request for donation, entitled, “Seize the Moment”:
Dear Hon. Shelly Glover,
I am wondering why your government, which has been in office with a majority for two years without any real representation from Quebec, did NOT Seize the Moment and substantially reduce or eliminate one of the most costly and divisive acts on the Canadian government - the Official Bilingualism (OB) Act which was sold to Canadians on the basis of giving services to Canadians in the official language of your choice where numbers warrant.
Since Trudeau and his cronies sold OB to Canadians on the above concept, OB has morphed into one of the most costly exercises of the federal government, costing Canadians in excess of $1 trillion over the past 40 years and growing by billions each year. And what do we have:
You will see my donation when I see some action on the part of the Conservative government to significantly rein in or even abolish the single largest boondoggle ever foisted on a democratic country anywhere in the world - Official Bilingualism.
Official Bilingualism has cost Canadian taxpayers well over $1 trillion over the past 40 years and the cost continues to grow. Without it, we would have no national debt. And, without the national debt which costs us over $100 billion in debt service each year, we would have huge surpluses rather than deficits, surpluses that would allow for significant tax reductions, money for increases in CPP payments, money for infrastructure upgrades, money for health and education etc. etc. etc.
Official bilingualism has become nothing more than an affirmative action program for Francophones who have virtually taken over our federal civil service in disproportionate numbers with respect to their proportion of the general population. We must be the laughing stock of the world as I do not know of any other country where more than 85% of the population need not apply for a job in their own government because they do not speak a dying language.
Stephen Harper once said that Official Bilingualism was the "God that failed" yet, since he has been in power, he has done absolutely nothing to kill or mitigate this failed God even despite the fact that his current majority government has almost no MP's from Quebec.
And, Quebec continues to enjoy the largess of the Rest of Canada. No other province can afford freezing college/university tuition fees for 14 years, $7/day daycare and the myriad of other social programs offered to Quebecers. Hydro Quebec subsidizes electricity rates so that they are only 40% of what we pay in the Rest of Canada which costs the Quebec treasury about $7 billion per year or about the same amount that Quebec currently receives in "equalization" payments from the Rest of Canada (note that these payments are projected to increase next year to $9.5 billion).
Quebec keeps taking and taking, and asking for more and more on the basis that if the Rest of Canada does not do it they will separate. It is time to stop this unfair practice that give Quebec social programs that the Rest of Canada cannot afford and that are paid for by tax payers in the Rest of Canada.
The first place to start making cuts is with Official Bilingualism to reduce government costs and to level the playing field again so the the 85% of Canadians currently blocked from federal government jobs can once again work for the government to which they pay taxes.
Once I see some action on significantly reducing or eliminating the ills of Official Bilingualism by your Conservative government, then I will rethink my position about sending your party a donation.
Many people tell me that they won’t be giving the Conservative Party their votes to punish them for their lack of any meaningful action on behalf of the majority English-speakers. The only problem is that the alternative will be even worse - Justin Trudeau has been recorded to say:
“Quebecers are better than the rest of Canada because, you know, we’re Quebecers or whatever. A lot more of us are bilingual, bicultural, a lot more awareness of the rest.” (Justin Trudeau. CTV, October 15, 1999)
Don Weisbeck wrote: “He has suggested that Prime Ministers from Quebec are preferable and superior to those from Western Canada”
I haven’t found the source of that quote and would appreciate it if someone can give it to me.
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