Sigh.

As much as I love elections, I cannot help but be annoyed when it comes time to hold one in la belle province… cuz language laws always shove their way to the forefront.

Leader of the péquistes, Pauline Marois:

The PQ leader expressed concerns that the English language was becoming increasingly present as the preferred language of communication in Montreal. According to Ms. Marois, data collected by the Office québécois de langue française, the government agency that oversees the enforcement of the language law, showed that between 2010 and 2012 the number of merchants in Montreal who welcomed their customers in French has dropped had dropped from 89 per cent to 74 per cent.

Ms. Marois said the decline of the French in Montreal signals the need for a tougher language law.

“The message has to be clear: in Quebec we live in French, we work in French, we communicate in French,” Ms. Marois said during a campaign stop in Montreal on Sunday.

I have never agreed with the concept of a unilingual Quebec within an offically bilingual Canada. Bill 101 was and is a slap in the face to the rest of Canada. Marois knows this but cares not because only a small, small minority of anglophone voters mark X’s for a PQ candidate; and justifiably so.

Gonna be a long campaign…

 

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