Returning to Quebec from a road trip to Toronto, it didn't take more than a few feet past the border to remind me that in this province, language is more important than anything.
Apparently, those in charge of Quebec road signs have a perverse sense of humour.
It's seems that to them, it's not only important to demonstrate that French is the dominant language in Quebec but also, that English is no more important than Spanish and Portuguese!
I have nothing against the Spanish and Portuguese, but there are only about 60,000 Spaniards and 20,000 Portuguese in all of Quebec!
There's over 250,000 Italians and about 130,000 who speak Arabic. There's 90,000 Germans and over 80,000 Jews.
How come no greeting for them?
Alberta forced to pay for French court challengeOver a year ago, back in October 2009, I told readers that a case of a unilingual speeding ticket was headed to the Supreme Court because the citation wasn't written in French as well as English. Read that story
The story is back in the news as the case winds it's way through the judicial system. The latest update is that the Supreme Court has decided that the case is so important its appropriate that the government fund the legal expenses of the complainant LINK
Not all francophones are pleased over the prospect of bilingual tickets and some argue that Quebec should get rid of the English portion on tickets. Here is a letter writen on the website of imperatif-francais that argues for this change. Perhaps they should submit a brief opposing the Alberta plaintiff and argue that he should lose his case in the highest court
British Columbia downgrading French language instruction
Bilingualism loophole used in drunk charge"Teachers are sounding an alarm about the future of French-language instruction in B.C. schools if the provincial government proceeds with curriculum revisions next year intended to recognize and value all languages.They say they're worried the new "additional languages" curriculum -- so named to promote inclusiveness -- will make French the equivalent of other languages and erase its privileged place in B.C. elementary and secondary schools as one of Canada's official languages." LINK
"A New Brunswick judge acquitted a francophone man of a drunk-driving-related charge because the police did not offer him the option of being arrested in English,.....
.....In the French-only ruling, Provincial Court Justice Yvette Finn lambasted the police for not respecting Mr. Robichaud's rights to be served in the language of his choice, even though he clearly understood French. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms gives special status to New Brunswick's bilingualism, rights that are "inviolable," she wrote." LINK