As a result of the extensive Trudeau era reforms of the 1980’s, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms largely drives Canada’s legal system.
wants to know how it is possible under the Charter that the primary language that proclaimed the British North America Act of 1867, English, is no longer an official language of use in the Province of Quebec?
How could signs of commerce in the English language be relegated to lesser status, and in fact to be virtually expunged from the Quebec landscape?
How can children in Quebec be forced into the French linguistic school system against their parent’s wishes?
And most noteworthy, how have these dramatic and life altering reforms been sanctioned by the country’s highest courts and the Government of Canada, ostensibly in the name of national unity and the appeasement of the demands of Quebec nationalists.
Notwithstanding that Canada is constitutionally obligated to render services to its citizens in English and in French (a fact which we at AQ fully support), is it not disingenuous for Canada to pursue a policy of nationwide institutional bilingualism while Quebec has promulgated its own French only, unilingual society?
Moreover, institutionalized bilingualism disenfranchises a significant number of Canadians, both English and French speaking, from all levels of work positions within the Government of Canada because of the ballooning postings of required, bilingual positions. Serving citizens in two official languages neither means nor requires that they be served by bilingual staff; simply that they be served in the language of their preference.
The abrogation of fundamental rights to more than one million Quebecers cannot continue to be overlooked as if it did NOT matter, because it DOES matter.
As proof, more than six hundred thousand Quebecers have already abandoned the province to escape their perceived ill treatment and discrimination sanctioned by the Quebec Government.
A form of Stockholm syndrome has dulled the sense of outrage at government-sanctioned discrimination towards Anglos and other Quebec minorities. The psychosis of continuing to vote for a political party that continues to oppress you for fear of electing a worse option must be broken, or the presence of Anglophone and Allophone communities in the Montreal region will continue to dwindle away, as they have elsewhere in Quebec