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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Danny Williams On Quebec & More

The Real Cost Of Official Bilingualism In Ontario

Cornwall Free News is a publication that has given the language battle a lot of exposure.  My letter to Tim Hudak was posted on January 24th and the comments from the readers were very enlightening.  One poster, Eric, wrote that the figure from the Fraser Institute of $623 Million that Ontario spends on French-language services was very likely an understatement.  He sent in the following information:

The Language Grant has five allocations:

  • English as a Second Language/English Literacy Development (ESL/ELD) Allocation - $234.3 million,
  • French as a First Language (FFL) Allocation - $73.1 million,
  • French as a Second Language (FSL) Allocation - $240.1 million,
  • Actualisation linguistique en français (ALF) Allocation - $97.5 million, and
  • Programme d’appui aux nouveaux arrivants (PANA) Allocation - $6.5 million.

The total Language Grant is projected to be $651.4 million in 2012-13.

In 2010-11, the ESL/ELD and ALF allocations were updated with the most recent Census data available (2006). Increases and decreases in ESL funding based on this update are being phased in over four years. 2012-13 is the third year of the phase-in. Updates to ALF funding were fully implemented in 2010-11.

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I really appreciate people like Eric who give us useful information that we can then circulate in our bid to educate more Canadians as to how expensive the policy of Official Bilingualism is.  We are a non-profit organization that cannot afford to pay for researchers so when people are willing to do the research for us, it really helps in our attempt to educate Canadians and encourage more people to fight against this discriminatory policy.

This has led me to ask our readers for any articles that show researches on:

  • Linguistic segregation - where it exists and the harm it is doing to the population.  When French-speaking children are segregated from English-speaking children, does this cause more disunity in the country?  For those who are not aware, in Ontario, French-speaking children are not even allowed to travel to school with English-speaking children for fear of “assimilation” or is it because of “contamination”?
  • Linguistic Supremacy - another reader points out that in provinces like New Brunswick and Ontario where Official Bilingualism is being promoted to the hilt, proficiency in the French language is more valued than Merit, Qualification or Experience and that even when a person is hired initially on Merit, his/her position is dependent on his becoming bilingual within a given period of time.  Is this a case of “linguistic supremacy” where a bilingual person is valued above a better qualified person who is unilingual?

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Danny Williams is the only premier in Canada who knows what a selfish, unprincipled province Quebec is.  He was interviewed on his views about Quebec - for those who have not seen this video, please link to it and know that at least ONE politician has the guts to say it like it is. We also have the original speech that he made on which he was interviewed.

If only we have more politicians like Danny Williams - we wouldn’t have Quebec and French-speakers ruling the roost like they are doing and have done since they were boosted to that position by the Liberal Party, starting with Pierre Trudeau and will be continued by his son, Justin Trudeau, if he ever gets into power.

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EXCLUSIVE: Trudeau says Canada belongs to Quebec

Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau

DAVID AKIN | PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU CHIEF

OTTAWA - In the wake of Liberal MP David McGuinty's anti-Alberta comments this week, a 2010 interview with Liberal leadership hopeful Justin Trudeau raises the issue about whether that attitude is baked into the DNA of the federal Liberal party.

In November 2010, Trudeau told a Quebec television show that he was tired of Albertans running the country and that, whether it was Jean Chretien or Brian Mulroney, Canada is better off when Quebecers are running the country.

"Canada isn't doing well right now because it's Albertans who control our community and socio-democratic agenda. It doesn't work," Trudeau said in French to interviewer Patrick Lagace on the Tele-Quebec program Les francs-tireurs (The Straight Shooters).

Lagace then asked Trudeau if he thought Canada was "better served when there are more Quebecers in charge than Albertans?"

Trudeau replied: "I'm a Liberal, so of course I think so, yes. Certainly when we look at the great prime ministers of the 20th century, those that really stood the test of time, they were MPs from Quebec... This country - Canada - it belongs to us."

Trudeau specifically named prime ministers Pierre Trudeau, Chretien and Paul Martin but also included Progressive Conservative Mulroney on his list of great Quebec prime ministers of the last century.

Trudeau, who was scheduled to speak to supporters in Chilliwack, BC, Thursday afternoon was not immediately available for comment. Earlier this week, Trudeau had been campaigning in Calgary and Edmonton as he tries to succeed Michael Ignatieff as the next permanent leader of the federal Liberal Party.

"My entire campaign has been about bringing people together, about not pitting region against region and about being a strong representative and a voice that says the same thing in Chicoutimi as we say in downtown Calgary as I'll say in Toronto as I'll say in BC That's the kind of politics that I am trying to do here," Trudeau told reporters who were asking for his reaction to McGuinty's comments.

On Tuesday, McGuinty accused Conservative MPs from Alberta of "shilling" for the Alberta oil and gas industry.

"They are national legislators with a national responsibility," McGuinty told Sun Media in an interview Tuesday, "but they come across as very, very small-p provincial individuals who are jealously guarding one industrial sector ... the oilsands business specifically, as one that they're going to fight to the death for.

"They really should go back to Alberta and run either for municipal council in a city that's deeply affected by the oilsands business or go run for the Alberta legislature."

On Wednesday, McGuinty apologized for his comments and resigned his position as the Liberal natural resources critic.

-with files from Jessica Murphy and Daniel Proussalidis



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