The greatest enemy to truth are not lies but myths. And so writes respected journalist Michel C Auger in his new book: The 25 myths of Quebec politics that must be debunked.
And right up there is language. He argues that French has never been stronger in Quebec. He points out that 94.5% of Quebecers are able to have a conversation in French.
Now the language hawks are always pressing for tougher restrictions on the use of English and fewer immigrants because they cry the wolf is always at the door.
Auger says its simply not true.
We’ve seen this movie before. Has something happened to give it a different ending?
Now for sure, for real, trust us, the extension of Montreal’s Blue Metro line is really going ahead.
Promise stamped it.
The premier says,
“The project is guaranteed we have passed the point of no return”
It wasn’t too many years ago that Canadians got sick and tired of the arrogance of the federal Liberals. And now it seems maybe its just part of their DNA and it’s bubbling back to the surface. Witness what happened on CTV Question Period when Evan Solomon held Environment minister Catherine McKenna to account over climate change policy. She said “I have no time for folks who are like, you know, ‘We shouldn’t take action,'” I don’t have time for politicians that play cynical games about climate action.” But Madame Minister you have the duty to hear out everyone even the ones you do not agree with. It is obvious to me that man-made climate change is a clear and present danger but that’s not the point. In many ways the Liberals sunny ways of doing business sometimes is meant to include only those of a like mind.And my guess is that Canadians are on to it.
The thing about budgets and so called “goodies” they hand out, is that too often what is forgotten is that this is our money to begin with. Yes, the Liberals are going all in with this pre-election ploy. But they are trying to bribe us with our own cash. Governments cut and tax and then when elections roll around they open the vaults. Betting the house that what they call their sound fiscal management will carry them to victory is naive. The thing is it won’t matter a tinkers cuss when we vote in October. Memories are short. And the Liberals have a whole lot more to worry about when the autumn leaves start to fall.
Here we go again I am afraid. As we edge closer to the October 1st election, the baying of the ethnic nationalists in Quebec will only grow louder. Identity politics is ugly. We’ve been down this road before with the PQ’s Charter of Values. It smacks of nativism.
Well we may finally see some common sense from the new folks at city hall. But we will see have to wait and see if we are just being played. Project Montreal did a flip flop which may turn into a belly flop over the closing -or better put- the amputation of the road over our mountain.