Observations on Quebec

I have noted that in my two-week vacation absence, neither the political nor meteorological climates here in Quebec have materially improved.

Both the premier, M. Jean Charest, and the leader of the opposition, M. Mario Dumont, have been revealed as essentially on the secret take from their respective political parties, with explanations that are tantamount to this being “business as usual”, obviously taken from a lesson book which we hope will not, but appears to have already become part the official Quebec manual of politics.

I can promise you that there will be no such practice at AffiliationQuebec.

That the petty language police have lately harassed a small bookseller for his front door opening-hours sign comes as no surprise, but that twelve million dollars more has been budgeted to add even more inspectors to Clousseau’s investigation team has me at a loss.

Do these inquisitors ever call upon Quebecois de souche establishments, or is their only purpose to visit members of Quebec’s minorities and Anglophones?

And why, we ask, is it perfectly correct for the government to spend taxpayers dollars to fight a lost appeal court judgment while at the same time questioning the school boards rights to fund the same case in order to defeat the original unjust law so seriously affecting their schools?

What hypocrisy, Mr Charest!

True democracies are fragile enough creations that require constant and careful scrutiny to expose any areas that may show danger points.

In Quebec, the cracks of abuse towards minority communities are wide open. To make matters worse, that too many politicians and the courts have too often turned a blind eye to abuse in order to find a uniquely Canadian or Quebec compromise that will appease nationalist Quebecois demands is no excuse.

What is permitted to weaken us in the short-term will only destroy us in the future if injustices on all sides are not repaired.

Returning home to Quebec’s political realities is valid reason to pray for the coming warmth, sunshine, and spring showers. Pity that springtime brings no cure for this province’s political ills.