Tuesday, March 13, 2007

English Verboten?

It's an hour into the Quebec Leaders' debate and not one word of English has been spoken. M. Jean (ne John) Charest boasted of an improved education system, with a focus on a high level of French and the ability of students to communicate in English. I know he can, so why hasn't he?

Similarly, Mario Dumont was educated at Concordia, understands and speaks English, is courting the disgruntled West Island vote, but has yet to prove he has any respect for Anglo Quebecers.

M. Boisclair, decidedly unable to attract many Anglo votes, of course, has not uttered an English phrase, notwithstanding the media. On the other hand, he was framed by Dumont as promoting a federal Liberal vision and - despite his assertion that there will be a referendum under a PQ mandate - has the most federal Liberal - friendly POV of the bunch. Strange bedfellows, indeed.

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At 10:02 p.m., Blogger IslandLiberal said...

French is the dominant language, so it's to be expected; I don't recall Pat, Robert, and Gary busting out la Francais during the last Compass debate in 2003 (I doubt any of them can, or in Gary's case (God rest his soul) could, anyway).

At 10:47 p.m., Blogger Edgewater Views said...

Island Liberal - Certain Montreal Island Liberals would not find that your comment demonstrates any understanding of minority rights or the importance of language optics in Quebec. FYI, there was only English in the Leader's comments, which shows certain leaders take their Engish support for granted and that others would be afraid to offend their core support by speaking some.

I promise next time I absolutely will not comment about things I don't know about politics on your Island.

At 1:03 a.m., Blogger Antonio said...

you have got to be kidding

I am an anglophone and I even I blogged in French tonight.

When Ed Stalmach speaks French in the Alberta debate, I will expect the Quebec leaders to speak English

At 10:26 a.m., Blogger Sinestra said...

Antonio, when Alberta has a significant French-speaking population, you might have a point. Until then.... almost a million votes. No respect.


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