I have had it with the language hawks who are doing their very best to make this into an entirely francophone city.
They are zealots who try to deny our existence and our right to live in peace in a place we were instrumental in building.
The recent “Bonjour-Hi” blowup again gives me pause to reflect on “why the hell do I stay?”
You might say, “oh but the premier said forcing people to speak French in private conversations won’t happen.”
It was a year ago this week that Quebec voters sent the Liberals to the woodshed and the PQ into irrelevance.
And the Legault Caquistes have never been more popular.
But that won’t last. Voters don’t stay in love forever.
Look at what happened in Ottawa.
The Trudeau Liberals had a heck of a honeymoon but now they are struggling to hang on to power.
Their wounds have been entirely self-inflicted and my guess is that the Caquistes will go down the same road.
Here is something you may not know.
Why is the Cote-des-Neiges -NDG borough, the biggest in the City of Montreal?
Why were two very different neighbourhoods forced into a marriage that probably neither wanted?
The borough has, according to Stats Can, 166, 520 residents.
Nothing really comes close.
So why do we have this huge city within a city?
Premier Francois Legault reminds of the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield
“That’s the story of my life. No respect. I don’t get no respect”
It sure sounds that way as the CAQ leader is now demanding more respect from Canada.
We’ve been down this road so many times before, most recently with the failed Meech Lake Constitutional Accord, the failed Charlottetown Accord, and the Quebec Liberal’s Allaire report with its silly wish list for 22 new powers for Quebec.
And they are off to the races.
It’s a sad state of affairs indeed when Canadians will elect who they think sucks the least.
Each of the major leaders carries around huge liabilities. And each can polarize an increasingly insular electorate.
They say governments lose elections. Opposition does not win them.
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.