Bienvenue au Quebec. The “nation” within a nation.
We tell you where to send your children to school.
We tell you how big your English signs can be, if they are allowed at all.
We tax and tax and tax.
And now we tell you how to dress.
It’s kind of like breaking up by text.
The education minister decided to let the world know about his intention of stealing more English schools this week by announcing it on a French radio program.
No common decency
No respect for parents and students and the people who work at those schools.
It was the beginning of the end.
75 years ago this week, the largest seaborne invasion in history marked the turning point in the battle against tyranny and pure evil. 7000 ships and landing craft. 150 thousand troops.
Mostly Canadian, American, and British. The world learned of the invasion on the BBC.
I worked in the news business long enough to realize that nothing much surprises me anymore.
I have to admit that Trump surprised me, but in retrospect, the writing was clearly on the wall.
But there are still things that anger me. And this week I got angry.
Radio Canada reported that a Montreal school has been placing agitated autistic children in closets. The education minister rightly went after the Ecole de l’Etincelle in Mile End saying that the school “tolerated the intolerable”. The school’s speciality is teaching autistic children.
Let’s begin with a little look back.
A quarter century ago, an unassuming funeral director from tiny Huntingdon, Quebec , named Gordon McIntyre said he got ‘really mad ” when language police ordered him to remove his “Funeral Home” sign and replace it will “Salon Funeraire”.
McIntyre and two other Quebec businessmen said they had enough and filed a complaint to a United Nations committee.
As a reporter, I covered Jacques Parizeau for years. The former premier was many things, but for the most part you always knew what you were getting.Way back in 1995 when he said a yes vote would mean Quebecers were like lobsters in a trap. No way out. He was honest about things. Like them or not.Which brings us to the Francois Legault and the CAQ.Wolves in sheep’s clothing? Or as Churchill might say sheep in sheep’s clothing.