Election In October 2015
Monday November 30 , 2015
With so much happening around the world (Middle Eastern conflicts & the refugees problems; Eco-Fascists determined to destroy Western economies through the fictitious dangers of C02 emissions; galloping socialism destroying our higher-learning institutions; just to mention some of the things upsetting us), it is difficult to get Canadians to be concerned about the French language threat to Canada outside Quebec. However, we are still trying to grapple with this problem and, believe me, the problem is growing.
Now that the SCC has resolved Alberta & Saskatchewan's French language problem (both provinces do not have to translate all their laws into French); the French activists are determined to ensure that Manitoba does not escape from their grasp.
We've lost Quebec to the French although there are still pockets of resistance (see story on St. Lazare below); New Brunswick is trying very hard to prevent a total takeover by the French and we, in Ontario, are still hoping to prevent the French elites from forcing Official Bilingualism on the City of Ottawa. We're still looking for support from our readers to collect signatures for our petition and if you have a few dollars to spare, we are looking for money to start our advertising campaign.
Message From Claire Dykeman in NB
The Manitoba government is introducing a proposed new bill, the francophone community enhancement and support act, that would provide a framework to enhance the vitality of Manitoba’s francophone community, and to support and assist its development, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.
"We are lucky with a dynamic francophone community that is an essential part of the province’s history and a critical part of our future,” said Premier Selinger.
“This new legislation is a logical step in the practical and incremental approach we have taken to providing French-language services to Manitobans, whether or not French is their first language.”
The proposed bill would:
“Francophones in Manitoba are pleased with this new legislation, which protects existing services acquired over 30 years of progress in many important, if not essential, areas of their daily lives,” said Jacqueline Blay, chair, board of directors, Société franco-manitobaine.
“This legislation corresponds to our wishes to see government services in both official languages improve the vitality of their communities, while noting the possibility of a progressive enhancement stemming from these services in areas where there is still progress to be made. This legislation will allow francophones and francophiles alike not only to use these services, but also to offer them, thanks to their education in French schools and immersion programs.”
The French presence in Manitoba goes back to the founding of the province. Louis Riel ensured the Manitoba Act 1870 guaranteed French to be an official language of the courts and the legislature. For more than 25 years, the Manitoba government has provided services in French to Manitobans and is committed to continuing doing so, Premier Selinger said.
According to the 2011 census, 103,145 Manitobans had knowledge of French and English, and 41,370 Manitobans declared French as their first language. In 2014-15, 5,240 students were registered in French schools and 22,725 were registered in French-immersion programs. This proposed legislation would contribute to improving outcomes for francophones and ensure that Manitoba continues to benefit from a strong and diverse francophone community, Premier Selinger said.
New Brunswickers fighting the language battle
Video taken on November 12th at the Miramichi meeting of the CAT & ARA groups.
"If you don’t stand up and speak when it matters - don’t expect it to matter when you DO stand up!" Claire Dykeman
Comments From A Manitoban
Outside of this government news announcement, which few including myself would have read, there seems to be nothing reported on it in the media. Even CBC Manitoba, which would be normally ecstatic over something like this, is silent.
This proposed legislation isn’t surprising however since the NDP has always pushed for more French in Manitoba and has been trolling for French immigrants wherever it can find them. There is a provincial election here in April of the coming year and the NDP is no doubt trying to solidify the French vote, or give them a parting gift.
Selinger is bilingual and his wife, a senior provincial civil servant is a francophone activist. The government funded Franco Manitoban Society as mentioned in the news release would be strongly in favour.
How will the Progressive Conservative opposition react to this proposed legislation? I can write to the Conservative leader Brian Pallister. There isn’t much that can be done until the legislation is introduced and debated.
The NDP have a fairly big majority in the legislature, and can likely easily pass it. This looks like another move to make Manitoba ‘officially bilingual’. The NDP will certainly now have an ally in Ottawa with the Liberals in power. The Francos have probably noted the SCOC decision regarding the language issue for Alberta and Saskatchewan and want to make sure French is locked into Manitoba.
For the record, the Francophones have already taken over some government departments in Manitoba such as the Heritage and Tourism ministry. The Manitoba Metis Federation is also closely tied to the Francophones. Sadly when the PCs were in office in Manitoba they were just about as pro French as the NDP, every party seems to pander to the Francos, since there are about a half dozen provincial ridings where the French vote can tip the balance. Unfortunately the French have these taxpayer funded advocacy groups and societies with a single purpose in mind. There are also too many stupid Anglos who support this francophone crap as well.
Inevitably it will be up to the majority to say enough is enough. If they sit back passively they will be victimized by a vociferous minority. A few individuals crying out in the wilderness can’t do much on their own.
The French group in Ottawa is getting very worried about the SCC decision on AB & SK
There is a meeting to be held to discuss the implications of that ruling:
Panel discussion: Federalism and the future of linguistic duality in Canada
Date / Time Date (s) - December 1, 2015 11 h 30 min - 13 h 00 min
Rental 57 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa Section of Civil Law and Public Law Group show:
The Caron judgment, the history of Western Canada and constitutional Law - Federalism and the future of linguistic duality in Canada.
The Supreme Court of Canada has just rendered a split decision around the constitutional language rights in Alberta, comment the experts
Panel discussion with:
Animation: Professor Pierre Foucher, Faculty of Law, an expert on language rights
Free admission (free meal); welcome to all. This event will be held in French, but questions can be in French or English.
This event is recognized as training activity by the Barreau du Québec.
Please sign the attendance sheet on arrival to get your certificate (1hr.)
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