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27 December 2016

PM Trudeau says NO to French activists

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all our readers!! 

December 23, 2016

With Christmas just two days away, I'm glad to be able to send you a message of hope - hope that we might be encountering a Prime Minister who is willing to stand up to the French-language extremists.  Many of our readers caution us about being too optimistic saying that PM Justin Trudeau is not being sincere.  I prefer to look upon this gesture as a recognition that our PM realizes that there is a limit to the French demands.  The language of operation at the City of Ottawa is a municipal prerogative & the City does not want to lose control over the level of bilingualism they can accept.  They know it will cost more to have everything translated into French, it will cost more as bilingual employees can command a higher rate of pay & the city will be forced to hire more people from Quebec. 

The articles printed in the Ottawa Citizen & the Ottawa Sun, written by Joanne Laucius, are reproduced below.  There is a slight difference in the two articles.  Anyone who notices the difference can get a free copy of Jim Cougle's new book, "The Great Divide - Understanding the Language Issue".

The link from Radio Canada is in French.  We have the Google translation if you wish to read that.

In the meantime, we reproduce below our message of thanks to PM Trudeau. 

Kim McConnell


December 22, 2016

The Right Honorable Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada

Dear Sir:

The link below reported that you have not capitulated to the demands of local francophone groups that the City of Ottawa accept official bilingual status for Canada's 150th birthday next year. 

Ottawa City Council recently decided that the City's official bilingualism By-law 2001-170 is working adequately and does not require further "strengthening" as requested by groups such as The Association of Francophone Communities (ACFO).

We would like to thank you for your decision that official bilingual status should not be recommended or imposed on Ottawa by the federal government just as it is not proposed for Gatineau that is also part of the National Capital Region.

It may need repeating that the official language of Ontario is English, just as the official language of Quebec is French and we thank you for recognizing and acting on those facts.

We take this opportunity to wish you & your family a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

On behalf of the

The Board of Directors

Canadians for Language Fairness

Sincerely,

Kim McConnell

President

p.s Link to the article from Radio Canada:

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1006318/reactions-reponse-justin-trudeau-bilinguisme-ottawa-gatineau 


http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/trudeaus-cheeky-quip-stirs-up-city-of-ottawas-bilingualism-debate

Trudeau's 'cheeky' quip stirs up City of Ottawa's bilingualism debate

Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen  on: December 20, 2016 | Last Updated: December 20, 2016 5:14 PM EST

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admits he may have been a little “cheeky” when he made a comment on bilingualism last week.

When questioned if he supported the idea of Ottawa being designated a bilingual city by a Radio-Canada journalist, Trudeau asked if Gatineau was ready to do the same.

Trudeau said Monday he was fully aware the comment would get him in trouble.

“I knew it,” he said in an end-of-year-interview with The Canadian Press. “I was being cheeky, I admit it.”

Trudeau said, however, he was not questioning or criticizing Quebec’s law making French the sole official language in the province.

“Not at all, not at all,” insisted Trudeau, who said he is an ardent defender of linguistic duality. “Quebec has to be French in order for Canada to be bilingual.”

“I taught French in Vancouver,” he said. “I know how important bilingualism is.”

Any decision about whether Ottawa should become officially bilingual needs to be made by municipal leaders and not by the federal government, said Trudeau.

The bilingualism debate resurfaces periodically and was rekindled this year due to the focus on plans to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

This summer, a francophone group called the Movement for an Officially Bilingual Capital of Canada launched a campaign to change the provincial City of Ottawa Act to recognize the city’s bilingual character and status as the capital of Canada. The group also urged the the city to amend the current bilingualism bylaw to recognize the change in the provincial act.

Members of the group said they didn’t want the federal version of official bilingualism in Ottawa because the existing municipal policy works well.  The changes they are promoting would make bilingualism in Ottawa “official,” the group said.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson opposed the idea.  The city’s level of bilingualism is already “exceptional,” he said.

“I don’t believe it’s necessary to have another level of government come and dictate and tell us what to do.”

Coun. Mathieu Fleury, who supports the campaign, said on Tuesday that Gatineau is part of the national capital region, but it’s not the capital city.

He is still behind the Movement for an Officially Bilingual Capital of Canada campaign, arguing that the changes the group wants would ensure that the city’s policy, which already works well, is not at risk of being rolled back.

Claims that jobs for unilingual anglophones would be lost if Ottawa were to make these changes are a myth, said Fleury.

“It’s not meant to be a divisive issue. It’s more to showcase our inclusivity and diversity.”

Fleury doesn’t want to take the matter to city council unless he has the support of a strong majority. Right now, that stands at between nine and 13 councillors, and he’s looking for the support of 17 members of council.

Meanwhile, the federal government has announced a series of consultations and hearings on updating the Official Language Regulations, which outline where the government provides services in both official languages. The consultations will take place over the next two years, with revisions to be released early in 2019.

Beth Trudeau, a spokeswoman for Canadians for Language Fairness, said she “almost fell off my chair” when the prime minister suggested Gatineau should also be bilingual if Ottawa is designated a bilingual city. “We congratulate him on his bravery.”

If bilingualism is such a benefit for Ottawa, Gatineau would benefit as well, she said. “What’s good for the goose should be good for the gander. There are anglophones on the Quebec side.”


http://www.ottawasun.com/2016/12/20/trudeaus-cheeky-quip-stirs-up-city-of-ottawas-bilingualism-debate

By Joanne E. Laucius

First posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 05:02 PM EST | Updated: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 05:50 PM EST

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers remarks at the WE Day celebration in Ottawa on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016.

SEAN KILPATRICK / AP

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admits he may have been a little “cheeky” when he made a comment on bilingualism last week.

When questioned if he supported the idea of Ottawa being designated a bilingual city by a Radio-Canada journalist, Trudeau asked if Gatineau was ready to do the same.

Trudeau said Monday he was fully aware the comment would get him in trouble.

“I knew it,” he said in an end-of-year-interview with The Canadian Press. “I was being cheeky, I admit it.”

Trudeau said, however, he was not questioning or criticizing Quebec’s law making French the sole official language in the province.

“Not at all, not at all,” insisted Trudeau, who said he is an ardent defender of linguistic duality. “Quebec has to be French in order for Canada to be bilingual.”

“I taught French in Vancouver,” he said. “I know how important bilingualism is.”

Any decision about whether Ottawa should become officially bilingual needs to be made by municipal leaders and not by the federal government, said Trudeau.

In a statement, Kim McConnell, the president of Canadians for Language Fairness, said she was pleased with Trudeau’s responses in the Radio Canada interview.

“The City of Ottawa is part of the NCC, and as such, the request for the City of Ottawa to become officially bilingual should also be made to Gatineau,” she said. “Whoever is advising PM Trudeau to take such a wise decision should be heartily congratulated.”

The bilingualism debate resurfaces periodically and was rekindled this year due to the focus on plans to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

This summer, a francophone group called the Movement for an Officially Bilingual Capital of Canada launched a campaign to change the provincial City of Ottawa Act to recognize the city’s bilingual character and status as the capital of Canada. The group also urged the the city to amend the current bilingualism bylaw to recognize the change in the provincial act.

Members of the group said they didn’t want the federal version of official bilingualism in Ottawa because the existing municipal policy works well.  The changes they are promoting would make bilingualism in Ottawa “official,” the group said.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson opposed the idea.  The city’s level of bilingualism is already “exceptional,” he said.

“I don’t believe it’s necessary to have another level of government come and dictate and tell us what to do.”

Coun. Mathieu Fleury, who supports the campaign, said on Tuesday that Gatineau is part of the national capital region, but it’s not the capital city.

He is still behind the Movement for an Officially Bilingual Capital of Canada campaign, arguing that the changes the group wants would ensure that the city’s policy, which already works well, is not at risk of being rolled back.

Claims that jobs for unilingual anglophones would be lost if Ottawa were to make these changes are a myth, said Fleury.

“It’s not meant to be a divisive issue. It’s more to showcase our inclusivity and diversity.”

Fleury doesn’t want to take the matter to city council unless he has the support of a strong majority. Right now, that stands at between nine and 13 councillors, and he’s looking for the support of 17 members of council.

Meanwhile, the federal government has announced a series of consultations and hearings on updating the Official Language Regulations, which outline where the government provides services in both official languages. The consultations will take place over the next two years, with revisions to be released early in 2019.


COMMENTS

Some quotes and my comments:

"Trudeau asked if Gatineau was ready to do the same." That's not cheeky. To say it is only reveals that he's afraid to speak plainly to Quebecers.  AGREED!!

"Trudeau said, however, he was not questioning or criticizing Quebec’s law making French the sole official language in the province." Well he should criticize it.  AS SAID ABOVE, HE'S AFRAID OF THE FRENCH & ACTUALLY AGREES THAT QUEBEC SHOULD BE FRENCH ONLY.

"the federal government has announced a series of consultations and hearings on updating the Official Language Regulations". I expect the OB regulations will get more strict. They can only go one way.  THAT ACTUALLY DEPENDS ON CANADIANS.  IF WE SIT BACK & DO NOTHING BUT ACCEPT IT, IT WILL GET WORSE!!   OUR MISSION IS TO ENCOURAGE MORE PEOPLE TO FIGHT BACK!!!  THE CITY OF OTTAWA IS WILLING TO FIGHT BACK SO THAT'S A GOOD SIGN!!

Good for Beth for speaking out.

Thanks for sending the article.

Paul


Justin Trudeau appointed a federal committee months ago to travel Canada to meet with the public and francophone organizations to come up with programs to make Canada more bilingual and to boost the number of bilinguals in Canada. This has always been a precursor to bilingualizing more of the civil service both federal and provincial even when it defies common sense. NB is a perfect example of where the governments have been overzealous. The results have been a very costly language program with poor results. The number of bilinguals in the English speaking population has increased only marginally over the past 30 years. There are many communities in NB that operate totally in English and only a few that operate totally in French. Keep an eye on Trudeau and the recommendations of his language committees.

Michael

Yes, Michael, you are correct.  Justin has not given up on his mission to make Canada totally bilingual but he won't succeed because Canada will be broke very soon.  The country's national debt is growing exponentially & this cannot continue for too much longer.  The French have won in Quebec, NB is still a battle ground & we have to keep encouraging the English-speakers to fight.   Complacency will not help so it is up to the English-speakers to understand & not give up.  Ontario is fighting back & we have a chance to win because the province is going bankrupt & the municipalities cannot afford bilingualism.  The provincial govt. cannot afford it either.  Sad to say it but the depreciating economy is the only way we can force people to fight back.

When things get too comfortable, people tend to be complacent.  That's why this cancer has grown over the last 40+ years.  People have not suffered enough to care.

Kim

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Hi, Kim

The difference I see is that the Ottawa Citizen failed to acknowledge your statement about Trudeau's comment. Go figure!!

Best wishes for the holidays and keep up the good fight.

Regards

Rick B.

Thank you, Rick.  The Citizen acknowledged Beth's comments & the Sun acknowledged mine.  It was kind of you to take the time to respond & for that I will send you a copy of Jim Cougle's book (review attached).

As a business owner in Burlington, you might be able to give us advice on how to proceed with building our readership so that we can reach more people who are not aware of how Canadians are being coerced into accepting official bilingualism.  You are too far away from the parts of Ontario that have a lot of French speakers & therefore the businesses in your area have not felt the pressure to bilingualize.  How do we reach out to English-speakers to warn them that this is coming?  The French activists are very smart - they have plenty of money to build activist groups & they go out to all the centres & start pressuring them.  The English-speakers are too polite to say NO or maybe, they're too scared to say NO.  In the Ottawa area, the city had set up several French activity areas but had to close them because of lack of participation.

Any ideas to share about how to reach more people?

Kim

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Hopefully Conservative Politicians will get a clue as well and quit listening to the Conservative Media like the Sun who are afraid to say anything that would offend a few entitled Bilingual Francophones, and bilingual Anglophones who would not get jobs without bilingualism requirements, that the public does not give a darn, given the replies in the Citizen standing up to them

It is time people like Councillor Fleury were informed and not allowed to invoke language policies other than for serving the linguistic needs of the people, and not to serve politician designated, not voter decided, official language, capital city or bilingual country status in order to serve a few entitled, privileged or bigoted bilingual persons who do not want anyone employed who can’t speak French and use such politician decided terminology to excuse excluding the unilingual Anglophone majority from employment.

Applicable since no Quebec Francophone politician would put up with similar nonsense from bilingual Anglophones wanting to deny jobs to unilingual Francophones unless for merit reasons of providing needed service, and only needed service.

- does Fleury actually think jobs would not be lost for unilingual Anglophones with more bilingualism, like many jobs were lost with the current bilingualism policy?

- they can only come up with comments like - Ottawa is the Capital City, French is an official language, Canada is a bilingual country, or "showcase our inclusivity and diversity.” but can never come up with a pragmatic reason why these bilingual Francophones want more of something they do not need, thereby not being inclusive and respective diversity by taking away needed second language services for other linguistic minorities.

SM

The councillor quoted is a liar - he only has 5 councillors supporting the French demands.  Their usual pleas for diversity is no longer working - people know that this is just a ploy to create more jobs for French speakers.  Canadians are no longer buying into their pathetic plea - good!!!   Even Justin realizes the change in public opinion on this issue & is willing to incur the "wrath" of the French!!!

Kim


I came across this article last night and thought I had dreamt it in my sleep. Some of the comments are very good following the story. What an idiotic statement to say  "Quebec has to be pure French to make Canada Bilingual"!!  Unbelievable.

Merry Christmas

John

Yes, John!!  J. Trudeau is still trying to appease the French extremists!!  We, in Ottawa, are grateful that he is supporting the Mayor & the majority of the city councillors in Ottawa by refusing to meddle in Ottawa's affairs.  Councillor Fleury is lying when he said that there are between 9 & 13 councillors supporting the French demands.  They really only have 5 councillors.  I sent an article from the French media with details on where the councillors stand - I will forward that article.

Kim


For him to say it will not cost Anglos jobs is wrong. Just like when they first rolled out official bilingualism, it ended up costing Anglos lost job opportunities plus extra costs and the right for Francophones to be spoken to in French at work. 

Just like JT middle class tax break , it ended up NOT being revenue neutral. Plus, JT said modest deficit promise....look how that has turned out to be  false - huge deficits with no end in sight. 

Airbus

Absolutely true!!  JT is a fraud like his father & it is a bloody shame that Canada is now under the control of this Socialist fraud.  The English-speaking majority has suffered long enough because most of us are not willing to use violence like the Separatists are.  I want to know how far they are willing to be pushed before they act.  We should at least stop voting for the left-wingers like the LIB+NDP.

You are absolute right!!  English-speaking Canada made the mistake of allowing Trudeau Sr. to manipulate our Constitution in 1982 to give the French the opportunity to reverse the Conquest of Canada.  It didn't occur to the Premiers of the English-dominant provinces what was going to happen.  The French took advantage of the anti-colonialism era & the English-speakers fell on their swords.

Justin is playing games with us - he knows that the French are strong (they are well-known to be great warriors in times of peace, not so good in war) & we have nobody willing to do battle for English-speakers because the courts will always interpret the constitution to favour the French.

On this issue, I am pleased that he admits that language is the prerogative of the provinces & that he will not interfere in the decision made by the City of Ottawa which has decided not to surrender the power of the councillors to decide on the degree of bilingualism they wish to accept.  Once OB is put into law - the courts can force the City to comply with every demand made by the French groups.  I am sending you below the French article wherein Justin understands that municipalities should control the language of operation & the Feds should stay away from interfering. 

Kim


If Trudeau came out in support of OB for Ottawa, it would only hasten the break-up of Canada and with it the goose that lays the golden eggs that pay for all those socialist initiatives the libs are so famous for. As long as we have Kathleen Wynns and Rachael Notleys we need money - lots of it and badly. An officially Bilingual Ottawa would mean Canada's capitol city would now be under French control. And the West would want to be part of that? Trudeau may not be the smartest person in Ottawa but he's no fool either....

-Als

We know Justin is no fool so he's doing this knowing full well that it would be the right thing to do.  To interfere with the right of the City of Ottawa to decide on this issue would be very foolish as he would be annoying a lot of people & costing the city a lot of money.  He is confident that the French zealots would not vote against him just on this issue when they know they are winning on so many other issues.

However, it is still good for us to acknowledge that he's doing the right thing.  I'll draft a simple letter which anyone can edit till we get the right tone.  Then you can all vote on it.  I'd like to send the message on Thursday so that we can include our Christmas greetings.

Kim


Hello Kim/Beth,

I would like to thank you both for the great work you have both done during the past year.

It would seem that slowly, slowly, catch a monkey is beginning to have results in the fight against bilingualism

Patrick Brown has been, is, a very big disappointment and the sooner we can dump him, the better.

A very Merry Christmas and healthy, successful New Year to both of you and your families.

Best wishes,

Ken

Reply

Thank you, Ken.  Yes it is a long haul for our issue to get some notice from the media - at least both Beth & myself are getting some recognition in the Citizen & the Sun & more ordinary citizens are now hearing about the organization who had never heard of us before.  I take this as a positive sign for the coming year.

You are correct - Patrick Brown has been a huge disappointment.  Who can we get to replace him is the big question.  All politicians are so scared of the French - none of them dare to say anything.  It takes someone like Justin who is a Francophone to dare to say NO to the French zealots - mainly because even he realizes the French are being disingenuous in demanding OB for Ottawa but not for Gatineau


If I'm not mistaken, the sun version is the only one to mention Kim's comments. (Interesting considering the citizen and sun are both now owned by postmedia and effectively run out of the same building, iirc.)

Oliver

Citizen quotes Beth & the Sun quotes Kim.   You.won a book by Lim Cougle - see attached write-up.  Send your last address.

Kim



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