October 24, 2016
The Official Languages Consultation is drawing to a close - a group of us attended the one held on October 20th by Anita Vanderbeld in Ottawa. Please make an effort to fill in the questionnaire: canada.ca/official-languages-consultation
Closing date: October 31, 2016
Do not feel frustrated that the questionnaire is designed to get responses that will support the OLA. If you feel that the questions do not give you the opportunity to show your non-support for the policy, skip the questions & go straight to Q6 where you can comment on why you think the policy is a failure. I will give you my response & those of the people who attended the consultation with me:
The policy of Official Bilingualism has failed in its primary task of uniting Canada - our country is more disunited than ever & the Separatist Party is still very active. The only thing that is keeping Quebec in Canada is the generous transfer of money from the Rest of Canada. This policy of Wealth Redistribution is only encouraging non-productive provinces to remain non-productive & just live off the other provinces. Official Bilingualism is a Federal policy which should not be imposed across the country where "numbers do not warrant". That was stated very clearly in the OLA but was deliberately never defined. Quebec has shown us very clearly that they do NOT support the policy & has deliberately passed many anti-English laws, most infamous of which is Bill 101.
The only province that has adopted the OLA is New Brunswick which has the minority French-speakers demanding "duality" - i.e. French-only public institution in French-dominant areas with bilingual institution in English-dominant areas. There is a lot of unrest in NB between the two linguistic groups.
Official Bilingualism has NOT worked & unless the Liberal Government stops pretending that it does, there will be NO peace between the French & the non-French.
At the meeting that we attended, there was a group of immigrants from ex-French colonies & their questions were:
- Why is Ottawa not officially bilingual? Ms Vandenbeld replied that this consultation has nothing to do with the City Ottawa.
- Why is Quebec refusing to accept them (the French immigrants) as Francophones just because the are not Quebecois?
- One of them complained that they are being assimilated in Ottawa because they are not able to get service in French at the West end.
- Another said that there are not enough French universities in Ontario
They were obviously primed by the French activists to come & complain - they've learned very quickly that the "squeaky wheel gets the grease".
English-speakers are losing the battle because they no longer want to fight - their silence denotes defeat so don't be surprised that more money will be thrown at this policy.
Some of the people on our side have agreed to share their views of the meeting:
The meeting reinforced the view of the vast majority of Anglos; the Official Languages Act was designed to benefit Francophones (read jobs & power).
The gentleman that stated Canada is not a bilingual country and never will be hit the nail on the head. We have Quebec (French),the ROC (English) with New Brunswick in turmoil.
Mayor Watson got it right with the policy of bilingualism to satisfy Francophone needs and his comment" every snow plow operator doesn't need to be bilingual" . It is an excellent example of "where numbers warrant" e.g. more Francophones employed /working the east end of Ottawa than Kanata.
The original Federal Government Policy of Official Bilingualism "where numbers warrant" had it absolutely right.
What will it take to get there from here? As I noted the French have to be congratulated for developing a plan to take over the Canadian Government and then executing the plan with a surgeon's precision. Is it possible to steal a leaf from their playbook? Fight we must.
Wasn't it sad to hear how French dominance have both stolen jobs and stifled opportunity by manipulating the language tests etc.? The comments from the immigrants from Africa demonstrated how they are being misled to believe Canada is a bilingual country.
Thanks again for your dedication and hard work.
I contend many Anglo concerns seem to be interpreted as having a tinge of personal anti francophone sentiment (us against them).
When I look at where it all started I have concluded the THREAT OF SEPARATION from the ROC (with the BLOC &/or PQ always adding oxygen) was the trigger and has provided the ongoing support for ROC appeasement. It hangs over the ROC like a cloud.
The appeasement has resulted in mountains of cash in the form of transfer payments and the Act Establishing Official Bilingualism which morphed from "where numbers warrant" & then to the Franco dominance of the Public Service et al. A second factor is that folks in the ROC outside Eastern ON & NB)don't have much skin in the game. Third, on an individual basis Francophones are a congenial lot.
I contend we should exploit Quebec's behavior as our target and use them as the back drop/the root cause of all evil that has fueled all aspects of the Franco onslaught. There are endless individual examples of Quebec wanting the cake and eating it. We see the rant from QC and by QC Ministers and Parliamentarians on any issue (no matter how small)that doesn't support "THE CAUSE; menus in the Byward Market, the firing of a welder IN Alberta, criticism of certain QC NHL hockey players by Don Cherry etc. etc. The list is endless. Parizeau's favorite line was "the ROC is trying to humiliate us". The fact that the judge on the Russell Sign by-law court challenge ruled that the sign by-law was against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms but that "it was the right thing to do" didn't seem newsworthy as a standalone item.
We need to fine tune a strategy that in many ways cherry picks the time tested QC model.
As a strategy we link Quebec and it's evil treatment of the ROC to any event(regardless of its tenuous connection). Bill 101, language police cases, etc. etc provide the contrast for most issues that arise. The hundreds of individual issues presented on their own haven't provided a big enough spark to start a fire. As is the case for unequal Language Tests, a little sharp edged poetic license (suggesting/not stating corruption) may be the way to get some media attention .
Since our movement seems to have flat lined we need to try a strategy that may hit an ROC nerve. Are you in a position to talk strategy with the Rebel Press?
Krishan, a lawyer, has been with the Federal Government for many years & his complaint is that the language tests are not fair. He wants the monopoly for testing to be removed from the PSC. Here is his submission:
As desired by you, here is a Summary:
The Treasury Board ‘s Qualification Standards does allow for the possibility of alternative tests for second language evaluation (SLE) but currently the only approved tests are those of the PSC and hence we should ask for alternative tests for the second language evaluation so that the Monopoly of language evaluation by PSC to, intentionally, fail the qualified and experienced candidates in French Oral test thereby blocking their future in the Federal Public Service, could be stopped.
These alternatives can be the colleges/universities and other professional language tests like the IELTS: International English Language Testing System and CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program for English and TEF: Test d’évaluation de français for French already being used for language testing for Academic and Immigration purposes (please click http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/language-testing.asp for further information on these tests).
Good morning Kim,
The only good thing that came out of the meeting last evening is the languagefairness.ca pen
Ms Anita Vandenbeld is a female clone of Graham Fraser.
You asked for translations and with respect to the man, they were short, very short.
Recall the attention Ms. Vandenbeld afforded the French speakers compared to virtually no comment on the English.
This meeting and others like it is clearly propaganda to get more money for the French across Canada.
We made our point(s) and even though they fall on deaf ears we are letting the French pushers know we are here.
Nothing will be done by the government(s) to stop the French takeover, on the contrary they are facilitating it.
I can speak and understand good French but not a word of the colloquial that we have here.
I have been to France several times and have little or no problem communicating, even complimented a few times.
Not to say I am fluent by any means but good enough for everyday getting around the country (France) and in Algeria a few years ago.
The young blacks who sat behind me:
Two came from the Congo, one at age four, and one at age two, the third one was born here.
Their French was fairly clear, much better than Quebecois, probably learned from their immigrant parents.
I complimented them on speaking purer French than one hears in Quebec and they said they didn’t like how French Canadians speak.
I asked if they thought they should be served in French anywhere in Canada and the response was YES.
My guess is they have been brainwashed and chosen to attend the meeting.
A message for Albertans
Just in case you're interested, the French-speakers are not accepting the fact that they're only a small minority in that province. The NDP government is very anxious to court them:
EDMONTON - This time, the 100,000 Franco-Albertans can believe it. The NDP government of Rachel Notley is committed to the establishment of consultations leading to a policy on services in French.
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It is the Minister of Francophone Affairs, Ricardo Miranda, who made the announcement on Saturday, October 15 on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the French-Canadian Assembly of Alberta (ACFA).
Nine sessions will be held shortly between representatives of the Francophone community and government to define the content of such a policy. The first one will take place this Thursday, October 20th.
The Alberta side, there remains a province that does not have a law nor a policy: British Columbia. "This is a big step", said Rémi Léger political scientist at Simon Fraser University. "We just give status to francophones in one of the only provinces that had nothing."
Last June, Manitoba had set an example to other Prairie provinces voting enshrining in law the existing policy on French language services since 1989.
"What is positive in my opinion, is that Mr. Miranda has not arrived with a list of priorities. It seems to be listening and sincere in his approach, "Mr. Léger analysis
In New Brunswick, the French-speakers want MORE:
Not only does this group want direct funding, they want any work done within their community to be done by their own community. This would freeze out competition and the chance for expanded inclusive communities in my opinion. So it is about jobs, just not anyone else's, but of course, your money is accepted.
French translation done by Google
OTTAWA - The Federation of Francophone and Acadian Communities (FCFA) du Canada request to the federal government prioritize "by and for" Francophones in the next Roadmap for Official Languages which is working the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly but also on immigration.
"The money invested by the federal government must have an impact and for that, the priority of the next action plan must be to fix the Francophone communities in the heart of the action."
Invited to appear before the Standing Committee on Official Languages studying the latest Roadmap for official languages in order to prepare the next, the president of the FCFA, Sylviane Lanthier, insisted that it is "by and for francophones" which will guide the new 2018-2023 Roadmap on Tuesday 18 October.
"With the current Roadmap, it is often our francophone organizations respond to a call for tenders for projects, but ultimately it is an English-speaking organization also offers services in French that was chosen," said -t she illustrated. "By doing that, we certainly offer services in French, but you do not build communities. The next Roadmap should go beyond the supply of services! "
The CFA believes that the Roadmap for the current official languages, despite this some $ 1.1 billion over 5 years and the projects it has funded, missed the target of the development of linguistic duality and communities official language minority.
"There have been successes since the creation of the first Roadmap in 2003, particularly in terms of health in French. But in recent years, there has been an erosion in the manner of administering. The 2013-2018 Roadmap could have more work with more transparency, vision and boldness, "said Ms. Lanthier.
Removing the infancy of the list of priorities of the 2013-2018 Roadmap particular had a very negative impact, according to the president of the agency spokesman Francophone minority communities, forcing many parents lack of services available in French, to turn to English.
"We have lost and continue to lose a lot of people because of that. Similarly, how do not understand that people prefer to attend a bilingual community center when the brand new francophone community center was run down? "
For the CFA, it is urgent to re-invest, certainly, but also to target where and how to invest.
"The best way to have an impact, it is through organizations and francophone infrastructures, because this is where francophones live their lives in French."
If it is to apply to the next Roadmap for official languages, according to the CFA, the "by and for francophones" also concerns the area of Francophone immigration outside of Quebec.
To reach the famous target of 4% of Francophone immigration outside Quebec by 2018, the federal government must do more than simply raise a promotion of Francophone immigration program, according to the president of the FCFA.
"The French Mobility program is a great program, but it does not address all the problems, nor can solve everything. We must do more, and if we continue like today, we will never reach that target. "
The CFA proposes eight recommendations, she said she learned of the work of the new National Community Issue Table Francophone immigration, which brings together community organizations from all provinces and territories, but also universities and colleges.
"We feel a political will in regard to Francophone immigration, notably with the holding of a Forum on Francophone immigration, which will bring together ministers on Immigration and Francophone federal government and the provinces and territories 30 and 31 March in Moncton. But this goodwill must be translated into concrete and targeted measures. "
To assist the government in its reflection, the CFA request the government to act in the promotion of Francophone minority communities, in recruitment, notably including a French lens Express Entry program or setting access problems and cost of the french tests for immigrants outside Quebec. The CFA also wants the government to follow three recommendations to promote the reception, settlement and integration of newcomers, including supporting the provision of a full range of services developed by and for communities in all regions from the country.
"Currently, the situation is very different from one province to another," notes Ms. Lanthier. "When we see that in some provinces, they are anglophone organizations that offer services in French to newcomers, this does not correspond to the spirit of the Roadmap is to nurture and help build Francophone communities . "
How do we deal with selfish people like that? They're ahead but they still want more!!??
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