As 2019 winds down, I guess we should look at the glass as being half-full.
I mean as the “best treated minority in the world,” we have seen more challenging days.
Language wars and lack of opportunity have sent so many of us packing over the years.
But this new bunch of political amateurs we have in Quebec City did their fair share of anglo and minority baiting this year.
The Legaultists have institutionalized racism with Bill 21. They have tried to find a problem where none existed, all for the sake of political popularity and ideology.
We will hear more about Bill 21 in 2020 and well beyond. Some lawyers will find this a very profitable piece of legislation.
And this could make Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Legault, the great secularist, telling the Governor of California that all Quebec francophones are Roman Catholic. In other words, not those “others”.
Those Pesky Anglos
Also this past year, the CAQ cracked down on English on a hospital sign in Lachute.
No we don’t want those pesky Anglos to be directed to Emergency do we?
Laughably, the government went so far as to suggest there be two classes of Anglo: Historic and Non-Historic. The Caquistes wisely retreated when they realized they were heading for Pastagate 2.0.
We are being threatened with a new and tougher version of Bill 101 in the new year. Joy to the World.
The CAQ also seemed to relish stealing English schools without much in the way of consultation .
But the premier still thinks he can be seen as Anglo friendly.
He told the Gazette this week
“Many minority communities still see me as a sovereignist, as a former member of the Parti Québécois, But after four years of seeing that I am working for them, working for well paid jobs, a more efficient system of health care and education, I expect to have some support, better support.”
Don’t bet the farm on that Mr Legault.
No they aren’t quite as nasty as the PQ when it comes to those troublesome minorities. But, when push comes to shove, this bunch isn’t much better. PQ light. Maybe just a tad “less filling”.
Stop, Look and Listen
Mayor Valerie Plante must have political blinders on when in comes to honouring Bernard Landry. And my guess is that her persistence in ignoring a large constituency of voters may cost her big time in the next election. She hasn’t listened to the outcry from the Irish community against naming an REM station in Griffintown after the late separatist premier. If you don’t get it. You don’t get it and never will.
Projet Montreal has a habit of not listening guided by the principal that they know what is best for you.
They just agreed to spend another 22 thousand dollars on trying to figure out if the road over the mountain should be one way. This week, the mayor said
“For the different scenarios I am totally open to see what’s going to come out of it.:
I am sure the best scenario will be the one favoured by the Plateau.
They just can’t leave well enough alone.
From cars to parks and parking to just about everything else, the governing party at City Hall has a hearing problem or at least a listening problem.
Back to the Future?
In Ottawa, the Trudeau minority should be safe for a while, as the Tories scramble to find a new leader.
And it will give them a real opportunity to decide what kind of party they want to be.
The social conservatives, like many Republicans south of the border, who mix religion with political purpose and ideology versus economic sometimes so called progressive conservatives who believe the government has no business interfering in the private lives of citizens.
The fate of the Tories may indeed hang in the balance.
Jean Charest may be preparing a bid which could turn things upside down. But this isn’t the same party he left years ago. This newer version of the Reform Party may not be ready for him nor him for it.
Our Wishes for the Season
As the year closes out, Dave and I would like to thank you for your support. You do make this effort of ours worthwhile.
We will be back again in the new year as the new decade begins.
In the meantime, may the blessings of the season be with you and your loved ones.