The situation in Ontario is discouraging.
It was truly disheartening to see Doug Ford ’s clumsy attempt to back down from his anti-francophone cuts in Ontario.
It’s not that he suddenly received enlightenment along the road to Damascus. It was about political pressure. And clearly he doesn’t get it.
I’m not sure if Ontario premier Doug Ford either just doesn’t get it or he does get it and he just doesn’t give a damn.
His decision to abolish the office of the French language commissioner and not to proceed with a new French-language university shows a fundamental lack of understanding about Canada.
The Toronto Star is quite right in calling the move a slap in the face to Ontario francophones.
I take Montreal public transit on a pretty regular basis. And you know something when it works, it’s great. But when the gremlins get into the metro system or buses break down, not so much.
Now the STM wants to know what you think. It’s launched a big consultation process on bus routes ; trying to fix what’s broken and keep what’s good.
Now that being said, I think the first thing they need to do is to put some gas gauges in the buses.
It is our time to remember.
And in a world which is increasingly turning to tribal politics, in a world where right-wing, us versus them populism is growing at a frightening pace. In a world where we struggle for decency and good will, it is indeed time to remember.