Wednesday, August 22, 2012

More xenophobic tribalism from Pauline

Marois' latest nonsense is clearly unconstitiutional. And sound pretty awful

Marois statement angers aboriginals     BY CHRISTOPHER CURTIS, THE GAZETTE AUGUST 22, 2012 9:19 PM     STORY   Quebec’s aboriginal communities are fuming over a proposed law to protect the French language. On Tuesday, PQ leader Pauline Marois said her party would make it mandatory for political candidates to pass a French exam in order to run for public office. Marois said the French requirement would apply to every Quebec citizen, including aboriginals, because “the common language here is French.” First Nations leaders were quick to fire back at the PQ chief’s statement. “The language of Quebec isn’t just French,” said Ghislain Picard, Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador. “It’s Inuktitut, Cree, Atikamekw and a swath of other native languages that were spoken here long before French ever was. (Marois’s) statement shows how little our politicians know or care about our people.” Marois backtracked on Wednesday, saying the proposed law would only apply to “new arrivals” in Quebec. But for some aboriginal leaders, the retraction was too little, too late. “I would like to hear (Marois) try to speak Inuktitut,” said Rhoda Angutiguluk, the mayor of Kuujjuarapik -- an Inuit village on the shores of the Hudson Bay. “We only began learning English in the early 1960s. Most of our elders are unilingual Inuktitut speakers and children have only really been learning French since the 1990s.”

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