I tend to agree with Maxime Bernier that Bill 101 is no longer necessary. I dont like using state coercion for most things. Now bill 101 is used against Francophone parents who want their kids to learn English. The office dela langue francais, the so called language cops has made Quebec a laughing stock on more than one occasion. Most Anglophones and allophones in Quebec are bilingual. The pq accomplished its gioal of ridding Quebec 600000 Anglophones and allophones taxpayers years ago. It is now poor Francophones that suffer from bill 101. The pur and dur want to strenghthen bill 101 and apply to CEGEPS and university. It is my impression that most Francophone parents oppose that.
I was watching pierre larose on LCN yesterday saying that bill 101 is why French has survived in North America. He is wrong French has survived in North America because of Canada!
My position on Bill 101
Last Friday, I gave an interview to host Jordi Morgan at the Halifax radio station News 95.7. As part of a discussion on the federal government’s intrusions into areas of provincial jurisdictions, the show’s host asked me whether governments have a role to play in fostering a national identity through legislation, with laws like the Canada Health Act.
I answered that people know who they are and that it’s not the government’s role to create and protect a national identity. I used Quebec as an example and said that we don’t need Bill 101 to protect the French language.
I did not expect to create such a storm by expressing my belief that we should let people act like free and responsible individuals, including when it comes to protecting their language, instead of relying on government coercion to do it for them.