What do you know about the Official Languages Act?
The Official Languages Act (OLA), passed in 1969, is a Federal law which is enforced at the federal level and one other province i.e. New Brunswick. The province of Quebec has passed several anti-English laws (Bills 22, 178 & 101) that effectively make French their only official language. The provinces of Nova Scotia passed the French Language Services Act (2004) as did the province of Ontario (1986), and the province of Prince Edward Island (2013). Limited service in French is offered in each municipality in each of these provinces in varying degrees.
What's wrong with that?
Elevating a minority language to equal status with the majority language is creating an over-emphasis on the minority language, especially when that minority language is concentrated only in the Eastern provinces of Canada, namely, QC & NB. Further using that minority language as the criteria for employment at the federal level and increasingly at the provincial level is creating a work-force which over-represents the French-speakers. French-speakers are the ones most likely to be bilingual as they grow up speaking the language. Non-French speakers do not grow up speaking French and learning it at school does not make them fluent, especially as the educated French is very different from the colloquial French.
The 2011 Census showed that "self-assessed" bilingual Canadians make up 17.5% of Canada's population, the figure of those who can pass the language test is only about 12%. The Treasury Board (2014) showed that 31.9 % of the total Federal Public Service are Francophones in a country that is made up of only 21.3% mother-tongue French-speakers (2011 census). This over-representation of French-speakers in our public service concerns us greatly.
The limited supply of bilingual Canadians & the over-emphasis on a minority language as a criteria for employment has resulted in a lowering of academic & professional standards in our governments. Many high-level positions are filled by people with just secondary school certificates or equivalent.
As French is spoken widely only in Eastern Canada, this has led to Western Canadians being left out of the picture. The division and disunity brought about will eventually destroy Canada.
This is why you should be concerned.
May 4, 2016
Apartheid rears its ugly head in Quebec again
I encourage all CLF supporters to take the time to write, call or email, Walmart and every other large store you can think of, and demand that they spend the money and challenge this in court, for several reasons.
Call your local store and make sure they promise (get their name etc.) to call Head Office and let them know that they have had people contact them who want their store to fight Quebec's demand of French on signs, (regardless the patent name), all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, on behalf of Freedom of Expression and ALL Canadians.
Also, let them know that you are with Canadians for Language Fairness and make sure they include that in their message to HO, along with the promise that if they do NOT stand up to Quebec's bullying and fight back, they will lose your business and you will be spreading the word along with Canadians for Language Fairness.
It is with a very heavy heart that I say farewell to a woman I am proud to call my mentor. She was such an inspiration and brave woman whom I was proud to call a friend. Dr. Marguerite Ritchie passed away April 24, 2016.
A Memorial Service will be held for her on May 17, 2016 at the First Memorial Church at 259 St Patrick St, Ottawa, from 5 to 7 PM.
Dr. Ritchie was a great friend of Canadians for Language Fairness and attended many of our events. We nominated Dr. Ritchie as a name to put on the Archives building when names were asked for, but were not successful.
She had a great sense of humour and a determination and willpower that was second to none. We will miss her smile and wit terribly.
May God Bless Dr. Ritchie
By Beth Trudeau
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