This message is a warning to parts of Canada that are not yet under French control but will be very soon - as long as the English-speakers are not paying attention and think that there is NO problem. I had already sent information to Ontario readers about what is happening in the City of Ottawa which is under strong influence from Francophones and Francophiles. If you are not an Ontario reader and would like to read that message, please let me know. I try not to bore people and if you don’t live in Ontario, you may not be interested in what’s happening here. However, the warning is now going to Manitoba where French activism is raging and even though the proportion of French speakers is pathetically small, the French zealots are very strong and the funding is very generous. This is because they have very plausible leaders who can appeal to the general good-will of the public who are not sufficiently aware of the warning. Fortunately for us, we do have readers in Manitoba who are aware and one of them has decided to share his thoughts on the article by Raymond M. Hébert.
I haven’t read Hebert’s book Kim, and am not likely inclined to do so either. As a matter of fact I hadn’t even heard of him before reading this. I am sure however he is widely acclaimed in the francophone and liberal left Anglophone communities. No doubt any student now writing a Manitoba history essay or thesis will find it mandatory to quote his wisdom. Unfortunately there are also enough revisionist Anglo historians around to make studying any kind of Canadian history an exercise in futility if one is doing so to achieve a high mark to gain ‘academic credentials’. Without regurgitating a professor or teacher’s interpretation of history, one risks the possibility of not attaining good grades, history of course being so subjective. Usually the winners in a country interpret a nation’s history, but sadly the opposite is true in Canada. Consequently almost any anti-British, pro- French drivel becomes gospel these days.
I would have to write a book to cover all of the issues centered around language in Manitoba, but unlike Hebert’s work it would never get published. The French language and its champions are funded by every level of government in almost all of Canada. The Roman Catholic Church is also one of its staunchest supporters. Louis Riel, a delusional individual who had spent time in an asylum for the mentally ill in Montreal, was to become their dupe in the Red River settlement which later became Manitoba. The Church abandoned him eventually, but he had served his purpose eventually becoming a martyr for the cause even in death.
Sterling Lyon was absolutely correct in his assessments of the French language issue and Trudeau’s charter which he opposed, but he was of course tarred with the bigot brush. Howard Pawley was a socialist ideologue who used special interest groups to achieve his ends. Not everyone in the NDP swallowed bilingualism hook line and sinker. Russell Doern an NDP cabinet minister led a charge against it. I remember taking up a petition against bilingualism in Manitoba and delivering it to his office in the legislature. I was reprimanded at work for my efforts in opposing French.
Never trust Francophones bearing gifts. They always claim they just want a little bit of recognition, but in reality they want it all. Like a little water leaking into a basement unnoticed, it will soon turn into a deluge.
Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario too should beware. Once French speakers get a wedge issue they will be there forever demanding special privileges. Manitoba, although often much maligned, actually did at one time declare English as its official language. It took the Supreme Court over 90 years to overturn it.
Old St. Boniface is Winnipeg’s ‘French Quarter’. Even though only about 30% of it’s inhabitants are francophones it looks more like a mini Montreal. Street signs are in French and even a government liquor store has giant product lettering in French with much smaller lettering in English. St. Boniface hospital, Winnipeg’s second largest hospital is demanding more French speaking nurses and is now trolling in the Congo, since no great numbers of people from France and Belgium seem too interested in moving there. For the record there are probably no Francophones in Winnipeg who can not speak English. Think of the costs associated with all of this nonsense.
The next message for Ontarians refers to the municipality of Durham - stay tuned! If you live in Ontario and would like to receive this message, please contact me.
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