Decision Canada 2006

Thursday, January 19, 2006

What is wrong with more English in Quebec?

Most of the country speaks English and a little French. Quebec will still speak mostly French regardless of Bill 101.

Harper wants to soften 101 to allow more use of Canada's other official language in Quebec. Duceppe of course doesn't want any more English because he sees it as an infringement on Quebec's culture.

I think Duceppe is out to lunch. If Quebec wants to stay competitive in the mostly English North America, it needs to loosen up a bit. I'm not calling for French to lose official language status, I think we need to preserve the culture but restricting English is just plain stupid.

That is my 2 cents on the issue, I'll post more later when I have a chance.

3 Comments:

  • Hey Andrew,
    I totally agree. Quebec has to be up with the times. English is the language of business and if Quebec wants to survive in this global economy, English is a definite MUST.
    Most intelligent Quebeckers know and support this way of thought The days of unilingualism are over. If the next generations want to survive, there's no other way but by becoming fluent in English. Many parents among the late baby bloomers and Generation X are sending their kids to private schools for that reason. It may cost them an arm and a leg to do so, but the end results will be a Quebec population of polyglots ready to face and deal with the economies of the future.
    I'm an English language instructor here in Quebec and proud to say that I'm bilingual. That's what brought me to Quebec to share my language knowledge with others, so they too can become proficient in the language of survival, ENGLISH.
    Thank God, we're not like those wearing the blinders of self destuction. It's a political problem where if you keep your people ignorant, you'll keep them under your thumb and they'll stay here. We all can do better than that. Those days are over.

    Here's to freedom of speech and the opportunity of free trade and business to all.

    By Anonymous Richard Chasse, at 1:48 PM  

  • French should be removed from the English speaking provinces by referendum. IE: No French needed on a can of baked beans in BC. I think that Quebec should go totally French and take the burdon off the rest of Canada. That can be their point of difference and they should be strongly encouraged to drop the idea of splitting from the rest of Canada.

    By Blogger Rob Good, at 1:03 PM  

  • Actually, the only time Stephen Harper weighed in on this issue was in defence of francophones who wanted to be able to enhance English language education for their children. He has never to my knowledge advocated softening Bill 101 in the way you suggested.

    By Anonymous Two Cents, at 1:50 PM  

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