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Canadian Support of the Official Languages Act

Ernest Semple

September 14, 2015

 

Like many Canadians I was fearful of not supporting the Official Languages Act of 1969.

There was much intimidation of English speakers and their children after the death of Maurice Duplessis in 1959.

Founding of the RIN independence movement in 1961 created the threat of terrorism, police action, bombings.

The only solution offered was that everyone should learn to speak French in all of Canada.

Until 1969 the threats continued publicly in Quebec in many instances.

The OLA appeared to be a means of abating the fears of Quebeckers.

In the ROC (REST OF CANADA) it was like learning another language was entertainment, not a necessity to keep your job.

 

I did not support the OLA at any time.

I did not support any street demonstrations or other actions against the OLA.

I did support Peace, Order and Good Government.

I took action to use legal means to show disapproval and non compliance with badly conceived new laws limiting freedom of individuals.

I helped to found CIT CAN, an organization supporting "Freedom of Speech" for all Canadians.

I understood from talking with Stephen Harper in 1996 and on other occasions that his views and those of Peter MacKay were identical to mine.

The British legal system which we were brought up on since childhood respected freedom of the individual to use precedence as the basis for objection to ill conceived laws.

 

When Jean Chretien was elected 1993 to head a Liberal government I knew the Language Laws would be made more severe all across Canada.

He gave credence to the separatist cause in the 1995 referendum claiming "we could lose our country" as an outcome from the 1995 Referendum.  

But afterward, Jean Chretien claimed there was no danger if the referendum vote favoured the separatists, and gave reasons.

I had to wait until January 23, 2006 to see Stephen Harper elected to power as Prime Minister.

Under the Chretien government from 1993 until his resignation requiring him to leave public office on 12 December 2003 much oppressive action was taken through language laws and federal regulations. 

The OLA and the 1982 Charter were in my opinion "con jobs".

They were put into law, and the courts were all required to defend those laws.

To change those laws it is necessary to be in a federal party in power, not in opposition.

The Language Laws are what I call Bait and Switch, just like in the movie "THE STING" with Paul Newman

All of Canada was suckered with that enormously illegal STING that hurt French and English speakers alike.

What to do about it is only revealed by studying the motives and statements of

Lester B.Pearson,

Robert Bourassa and Jean Chretien,

Claude Ryan and Claude Castonguay.

Pierre Trudeau was a late comer, influenced negatively by all the above.

"Trudeau Mania" started in 1968 at the opening of the 1968 version of the Montreal 1967 World's Fair.

Until then the others were effectively in charge of the nationalist movement in Quebec and Pierre Trudeau was still known as a Francophone intellectual oddity.

Pierre Trudeau asked to be excused from officer's training in 1944 for further university studies, which was granted. 

He thus barely escaped Canadian Army Officer's Training School, for which he was destined in 1945.

The end of World War II in 1945 ended Pierre Trudeau's need for military training, and he was excused completely.

 

In 1967, Prime Minister Lester B.Pearson, and Jean Chretien his Parliamentary Secretary, were already in office since the 1963 election

Until his annointment by the Liberal Party in 1967 as one of Quebec's "three wise men" to join with Pearson's entourage in Ottawa, Pierre Trudeau was frequently known as a "Quebec dilettante and intellectual", with the same leadership potential in Pearson's eyes as the other two "wise men".

In the general Francophone population Pierre was admired for driving a motor cycle while wearing a NAZI military officer's helmet.

He was selected by the wealthiest people that still control Quebec.

They are the Francophone establishment that have laboured for decades to drive English citizens out of Quebec.

The foundation of that is the introduction of Language Laws and regulations  soon after the death of Maurice Duplessis in 1959.

Justin Trudeau is now selected the same way.

Continuation and enhancement of Canada's language laws are almost certain to be guaranteed if the younger Trudeau were to lead the ruling party in Ottawa.

 

September 14, 2015.

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