Kilroy has created another video that I cannot resist circulating - this is a creation that carries a very important message - “never think that a small group of people cannot make a difference”.
Yes, we are a small group because most Canadians are not directly affected by the Official Languages Act and the adverse effect it is having on unilingual English-speakers (which happens to be the majority) affects mainly people who want to work for the government of any level. Actually, having said that, I have to admit that that statement is not accurate as the policy, though it is not supposed to affect the private sector is actually affecting more and more of the private sector. This is glaringly the case in New Brunswick where the 30+% French-speakers are demanding the policy of “duality” where French institutions must be French-only while the mainly English institutions must become bilingual. In the other parts of Eastern Canada (Nova Scotia, PEI & Nfld./Lab), the policy of French Language Services will have the effect of ensuring that the minority French-speakers get mandatory service in French and bilingualism is again given priority consideration. You only have to look at Ontario & how the FLSA (1986) works to see how intrusive and all-encompassing this policy has become, giving the 4% French-speakers extraordinary powers. PEI has already adopted the FLSA (December 2013) and it won’t be long for the other two provinces in Eastern Canada to do likewise.
Please take note that Eastern Canada contains the parts of Canada (except Nfld/Lab) known as the “have-nots” - mostly dependent on the largesse of Western Canada through the Equalization Payments program. I read an article recently that the hospitals in AB are out-dated and their health-services are in terrible shape.
Yet, Alberta is forced to contribute substantial money to the “have-not” provinces who are able to afford better health services. A G&M article (Sep/19/14) says that Alberta is in for some very hard times ahead.
Message from Kilroy
After a long pause, here is the latest attempt to open the eyes of the English majority in Canada.
A reminder to EVERYONE of how -- even one small action -- no matter how small, can take on a life of it's own and how NO ONE ever knows how meaningful those small individual actions can end up being.
Comments welcome and appreciated.
Eric wants me to find out from our readers if there is someone who has been very badly treated by the Ontario French Services Act (Bill 8) and encourage that person to send his/her story to the PM, the GG and even the Queen. Here are the links:
The French activists know how to promote their own - here is Bernard Grandmaître who has just been awarded the Order of Canada.
Former Minister and MPP for Ottawa-Vanier, Bernard Grandmaître, was recently awarded the Order of Canada for his exceptional contribution to the Francophonie. Le Droit and Radio-Canada in turn make tribute to this great Franco-Ontarian and "Father of Bill 8" by awarding him the Personality of the week.
It is one thing to have brought justice to the French (by giving them service in their own language) but must we continue giving them the advantage that enforced bilingualism brings? How far have we got to go to apologize for having won the war of conquest? Andre Pratte, a Quebec journalist, wrote a book, “Reconquering Canada” & he talks about it on TVO.
Andre wrote the book, with input from other French writers, for the French Quebecers to tell them that federalism can work for Quebec and that separation is not necessary. In other words, they can have their cake and eat it too!!! I would have thought that is patently obvious - they have a province that practically outlaws the English language while being able to have French forced upon the Rest (Most) of Canada built into the constitution; they have the Equalization Payments built into the constitution that will forever ensure that money is taken from “have” provinces to fund the social services of the “have-not” provinces; they have a Federal Constitution that will forever promote, protect and preserve the French language.
Why the hell would they want to separate and walk away from all these advantages?
Our last message contained a proposal from James Q. who said that we should request financial support from our readers to fund an “Awareness Campaign”. Maybe, we can ask our readers to buy a Christmas gift for a friend or relative who is not on our readership list. They can specify that the $10.00 be put towards:
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Marjorie H. wrote to Pierre Poilievre:
I live in your riding so I hope you will appreciate my concerns. I believe our existing language policies are discriminatory and prejudicial and, as a result, are driving young people out of Ottawa, Ontario, and Canada. We pride ourselves on being a tolerant country yet we refuse employment to young people who
are not bilingual and disregard their learning and expertise in other disciplines. Besides being discriminating and prejudicial, it is dishonest. Many employees advise that they never speak a word of French in their job but had to be bilingual to be employed. This is a serious problem which, tragically, is driving young people to leave and seek employment elsewhere. I am asking you to set up a committee to review this matter. We can surely find a fairer and more realistic solution to this problem.
I await your reply.
Marjorie wishes more of our readers will write to their MPs and ask for a "Needs Assessment" review so that only parts of the province/country that needs French language services provide them. Stop the enforcement of the French- language services in places where there are so few French-speakers that it doesn't make sense to spend all that money to provide employment to mainly French-speakers.
I agree, Marjorie!!!
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