Posts Tagged ‘parti quebecois’

And the beat goes on…

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Following up on yesterday’s post…

The SNC Lavalin choice for their new CEO ignites Quebec language debate….

The board of Quebec corporate titan SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. interviewed – and passed over – at least two francophone contenders for the company’s top job before deciding to hire American Robert Card as its chief executive officer, The Globe and Mail has learned.

The naming of Mr. Card, who does not speak French, to lead one of Quebec’s most successful companies has become an issue in the provincial election campaign. PQ leader Pauline Marois, pushing to toughen Quebec’s controversial French language laws, seized on the appointment Monday, saying during a campaign stop in Montreal: “I am asking SNC-Lavalin that it make sure that he follow courses in French so that he could at least become bilingual.”

Seriously, who do you want to be in charge of a multi-gazillion dollar company? Someone who has beaucoup d’experience but doesn’t speak la langue? Or someone who is fluent but may not have the qualifications of the first guy (or gal)? And for Marois to basically demand that the new boss take language training??? This guy will be paid millions in salary and bonuses and LANGAUGE TRAINING would be the best use of his time???

This reminds me of the Habs’ big coaching controversy last year.

Don’t the language zealots have anything better to do? Maybe they should set out to translate 50 Shades of Grey into Québecois… that’ll distract them for a spell!

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Sigh.

Monday, August 13th, 2012

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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