I want to thank Chelsea Council for taking a stand on the Quebec language issue, especially the fact that the Municipality may not be able to communicate with its citizens by providing bilingual services.
This law is both racist, and the Quebec government are the “language Taliban,” says Stephan Gendron, the mayor of Huntingdon, Quebec, commenting in a recent article where the municipality is facing over $40,000 in fines for providing bilingual services to their community because only 40 per cent are English speaking.
Canada has two official languages, and the last time I looked at any Federal government department there is a priority given to French as well as English.
In fact, many English speaking only candidates cannot get jobs in the government without both languages. Its time our English speaking residents and those who speak both languages or at least attempt both languages stand up for the rights of all languages just not the French language.
Madame Marois, our region works just fine speaking English and French, as well as the third official language of West Quebec, ‘Franglais.’ Your hostile attempt to pit Quebec citizens against one another by playing these bilingual language games and phasing out English in the schools are techniques that the Taliban have been using in Afghanistan for years.
I agree with Mr. Gendron and applaud our council, and suggest that they support the mayor and the community of Huntingdon by passing a resolution, as well, that guarantees and provides for correspondence in both of Canada’s official languages and let residents decide for themselves what language they will speak.