“The refusal of some members of my Jewish and anglophone community to learn and live in French is embarrassing,” he said in a bilingual speech Monday to the Canadian Club of Montreal.
Garber, 52, said former premier Rene Levesque was correct to make French the predominant language of Quebec.
Grey calls it “odious” to lump citizens into different categories with different rights, be they francophones, anglophones, “historic” anglophones or allophones.
“In liberal democratic countries, identity is derived from individual choices and not state decrees,” he states.
Quebec has never been a police state, but Grey warns it could become one with measures like this.
But of course, the worst aspect of Bill 96 is that it would be difficult — if not impossible — to challenge any infringements on rights, given the pre-emptive use of the notwithstanding clause.