Quote: Originally Posted by Said1
I say scrap the entire bill. If people are so serious about their culture, they shouldn't need the government to 'preseve' it for them with the measures outlined in bill 101 and enforced with da language poooleece.
Is that politically realistic, though?
I was thinking of another strategy that English speakers could pull off that would separate the hipocrites from the real sovereignists. Let's say that Quebec's native English speakers turned around and started to pressure the Ministry of Education to adopt tough measures to dicourage students in the French schools from learning English, intended to replace Bill 101.
The argument could go like this:
French Quebecois fear for their language, Englsih Quebecois want language freedom. Well, if French Quebecois are banned from learning the language they so fear, then they will no longer need to fear its threat, thus allowing English speakers to use their language freely. After all, why should French Quebecois be forced by a sovereignist governemtn to learn English, thus causing a threat in the first place, and then having the English Quebecois having to take the brunt of the consequences of thei policy by having to suffer through Bill 101. So instead, let the French Canadians not learn English, and leave the Englsih Canadians in peace.
this would ahve a few effects:
1. It would take the sovereignists completely by surprise.
2. It would split teh sovereignist movement between the honest and the hipocrites. Those who are honest would acknowledge that the Englsih language belongs to the Englsih speakers of the province and so, out of respect for their culture, if they don't want French Canadians to learn their language, then that with ought to be respected. And in return, leave them alone with their English.
The hipocrites, on the otehr hand, would suddenly find themselves in teh unenviable position of promoting sovereignty and fighting for compulsory English instruction in French schools, while defending the restrictions of bill 101 on the English populaiton, all at the same time. The hipocricy would shine bright as day, thus plucking the hipocrites out of the sovereignty movement. Once that's done, it honest federalists and honest sovereignists might then be able to have a more constructive dialogue once the hipocrites should have been plucked from the sovereignist movement.
Such a policy shift on the part of Quebec's Anglophones would be like dropping a bomb at the epicentre of the sovereignist movement.
Add to that, that if French Canadians don't learn English anymore, Quebec would in fact need the new generation of bilinbual Englsih Quebecois for North American trade.