I am still involved with Marianopolis College. Here is a good article by Len Even our new director general. I believe that a fully bilingual school system would benefit all Quebecers. Indeed learning a third or fourth language is a good idea. In India a country with 14 official languages, students are required to learn 4 languages. In Quebec why can't we learn at least 2.
Right now it seems that there is a wish to ethnically cleanse the province of its English population, most of whom are bilingual. Quebecers will have to realize that Bill 101 is ultimately not a net benefit for Quebec.
Last summer, after close to 20 years in The Netherlands running the Dutch campus of a top U.S. university, I returned home to Montreal to accept the post of Director General of Marianopolis College. Three of our children returned with me and my wife, the fourth remaining at university in Amsterdam. Bringing children ages 10 to 16 and a Dutch wife to Canada was a challenge, but I underestimated how difficult it would be to bring them to Quebec.
A year later, I am increasingly concerned about Quebec and its direction. I worry — as a father, as the leader of one of the province’s top higher-education institutions and as a global citizen — that Quebec is moving opposite to global trends.
For example, on Wednesday, the provincial government unveiled its response to the recent Supreme Court of Canada judgement declaring Bill 104 unconstitutional.
Bill 104 amended Bill 101 — Quebec’s French Language Charter — to prevent parents not educated in Canada in English from securing eligibility for their child to attend English schools after spending one year at an un-subsidized English private school. The high court gave Quebec a year to find another way to plug that loophole, while protecting Charter rights. The Quebec National Assembly’s response, Bill 103, further limits access to English schooling.