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1. According to Census Canada, only 4 % of Canada’s population outside the province of Quebec are Francophones.
2. According to the Official Languages Commissioner, the Federal government spends on average $500 million a year on Official Bilingualism; this does not include unforecasted expenses. The cost of official bilingualism is $4 billion per year.(a figure the accuracy of which our federal government has never challenged).
3. Author Scott Reid estimates that since its inception in 1969 Official Bilingualism has added $49 billion to our national debt and a permanent loss to Canadian consumers of $40 billion worth of consumption.
4. The cost of classifying military personnel by language – $50 million annually
5. Translation costs for technical documents for patrol frigate project- $45 million, for tribal class refitting- $26.7 million, for 27 other current projects over $100 million.
6. Cost of the 42 members of the official languages branch doing paperwork at National Defence Headquarters, $1.5 million annually.
7. The cost of Moncton’s two-day Francophone Summit – $35 million
8. In the 1999-2000 fiscal year the federal government handed out $62,591,832 in French minority language grants outside the province of Quebec, only $3,341,000 was given in English minority language grants inside the province of Quebec even though there are more English speaking Canadians in Quebec than there are French Canadians outside of Quebec.
9. The Commissioner of Official Languages’ department has a staff of 109; 79 (72.4%) are Francophones and 30 (27.5%) are Anglophones. This department is in place to ensure the rights of minority languages. Figures quoted are from 1998.
10. Every province in Canada participates in the reciprocal Medicare program except Quebec. If you visit Quebec this means that your provincial Medicare card is valid for hospital costs only, not doctors’ services, for this you must pay cash and get reimbursed by your home province. When Quebec patients come to Ontario hospitals, they only pay $450/day for a bed. It costs the General Hospital $823/day (i.e. Ontario taxpayers subsidize Quebec patients to the tune of $373/day when they come to Ontario hospitals).
11. The federal government controls immigration into every province except Quebec, they have their own Ministry of Immigration.
12. An already cash strapped Canadian Olympic Association was ordered to train Olympic athletes bilingually or lose funding. This came as a result of a Quebec athlete training in Calgary who was unable to receive service in French upon entering the training centre. Former Olympian and present track and field coach Dianne Jones-Konihowski said “this would mean that we would lose even more athletes to England and Australia because funding would be taken from them and used to bilingualize training centres and hire staff”.
13. Of the $6.8 million the federal government spent on Canada Day festivities in 2000, $5 million was given to Quebec; contrast this with Ontario, which received $553,900.
14. At the party’s two day national council in Laval in April 2000, the Parti Quebecois unanimously voted to remove all Canadian flags from public buildings under provincial control, these include schools, hospitals and city halls.
15. Since 1968 we have had 10 federal elections, in 9 of them we have elected Quebec Francophone or Francophile prime ministers for a total of 31 out of the last 32 years.
16. In 1969 Pierre Trudeau declared Canada officially bilingual and in the process transferred 32,000 public service jobs from Ottawa to Hull, Quebec from 1970 to 1982.
17. Canada is the only nation in the world that does not have its national history museum located in its capital city. In 1989 the Federal government under Brian Mulroney relocated the National Museum of Canadian history from Ottawa to Hull, Quebec. The name was changed to the Museum of Civilization. The Museum’s coat of arms was also changed to a design representing the French and Aboriginal cultures, there is nothing in the design representing peoples of British descent.
18. The National Archives of Canada is located in Gatineau, Quebec. We hear talk about also moving the National Library for Science & Technology to the same location.
19. In 1999 a United Nations tribunal condemned Canada for forcing one of its English-speaking citizens in Quebec to take his human rights case to them when it could have addressed the problem internally. The tribunal said that Canada is taking an undemocratic stance on minority language rights in Quebec. The tribunal was perplexed by Canada’s lack of concern for human rights within its borders, yet it is a leading advocate of human rights on a global basis. The assault on the principle of Freedom of Expression is another point to note here.
20. In Oct.2000 the group called “the French Self-defence Brigade” firebombed the Second Cup Coffee House in Montreal because Second Cup stated publicly that it would never change its name to a French translation. The following month, McGill University had a bomb placed on the roof of its central building that was discovered before it went off. Eaton’s had already succumbed to public pressure and changed its name to Eaton because the French language does not recognize the apostrophe “s” to indicate the possessive. We note, however, that they have left big American companies like “MacDonald’s” alone!!
21. Coca-cola aired a TVcommercial featuring a pond hockey game in which a young girl sings the national anthem; this version was shown in every province and territory except Quebec, the version that was shown in Quebec did not include “O Canada”.
22. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that PEI must build a French school in Summerside to avoid having a small pocket of Francophone students bused 30 kms. to nearby Abrams village. Premier Pat Binn’s response was disbelief. He said that his province could barely afford to build schools for its Anglophone children which comprises 99% of its population. Binns also said that there are thousands of children all over rural Canada who travel even further to school every day.
23. On June 30th, 2000 a Fredericton man was questioned by a city police officer after people inside the Ecole Ste. Anne Community Centre had phoned the police department implying that the man had deliberately parked his car, which had a large Canada flag on its antenna, in their parking lot to antagonize them. The man explained that he had parked there because the Shoppers’ Drug Mart parking lot adjacent to the Centre was full and he puts the Canadian flag on his car every year during Canada Day celebrations.
24. The Royal Trust goes by the name The Royal Trust Company of Canada, except in Quebec where it is called the Royal Trust of Quebec.
25. The government of Quebec has erected a large highway sign on the outskirts of Quebec City stating “welcome to the National Capital Region”.
26. The Parti Quebecois is currently pressuring the City Council of Sherbrooke to change its name to Fleurmont because Sherbrooke is too English sounding.
27. An Anglophone couple in Quebec is currently being charged under language protection laws for using an English web site to sell maple syrup. (2001)
28. A resident of Montreal was recently fined $500 for having the words, ” Kick Boxing” on a sign outside his Martial Arts club. (2001)
29. During the ’98 Nagano Olympics, Francophone Quebec athletes telephoned their members of the National Assembly in Quebec to complain that all of the Canadian flag waving in Canada’s athletes’ residence was damaging their spirit and therefore damaging their ability to compete. Skier Jean-Luc Brassard complained that his poor performance was due in part to having to see the flag paraded up and down his hallway every time Canada won a medal. He also said that he regretted being the flag bearer for Canada during the opening ceremonies.
30. Bloc MP Suzanne Tremblay, who had travelled to Nagano at the Canadian taxpayers’ expense (as did all of the Quebec athletes), supported Brassard’s feelings towards the Maple Leaf by saying that she was disgusted and shocked at the number of Canadian flags that were on display in the Canadian pavillion.
31. Every province in Canada refers to its capital building as either the Provincial Assembly or Provincial Parliament except Quebec, which calls theirs “the National Assembly”.
32. Every university in Canada charges the same tuition fees to all Canadians, regardless of which province they come from, except Quebec. Universities in Quebec charge almost double per credit for out -of- province (Canadian) residents. But, if you are a foreign student and plan to enroll in any course in French, you pay the same tuition as a Quebec student.
33. The Quebec government no longer grants student loans for students attending English universities outside of Quebec. A student loan would be granted if you planned to attend a Francophone school such as Université de Moncton or French foreign schools out of the country. This is due to the concept introduced in 1997 ” an imperative need of the quebecois collectivity”. A Quebec student wishing to attend Dalhousie for example would not qualify for a student loan because of that concept.
34. You cannot enroll your children in the English school system in Quebec unless at least one of the parents was educated in English in the Canadian education system. Prior to a successful Supreme Court challenge by an Anglophone in Quebec, you could not enroll your child in the English system in Quebec unless one of the parents was educated in English in Quebec.
35. The University of Ottawa is encouraged by the Federal Government to promote bilingualism and the French culture in Ontario. Although the majority of programs are taught in English, all faculty and administration staff must be bilingual and all graduates must possess a French language certificate to graduate from the U of O.
36. Almost 600,000 Quebecers (mainly Anglophones but some Francophones) have left Quebec since the beginning of the quiet revolution in the early sixties, that’s almost 10% of Quebec’s population.
37. In 1974, Quebec declared that French was the only official language in that province and in 1976, it outlawed English on all signage (even on private property). The use of the English language in any workplace with more than 50 employees was prohibited due to the introduction of Bill 101. The federal government could have disallowed both of these legislations by challenging Quebec in the Supreme Court on the grounds that it violated Canada’s Constitution, the Official Languages Act and the United Nations Human Rights doctrine. There has yet to be a court challenge. (It is now too late, as the challenge has to be made within a certain period of time).
38. A communique was sent from Lucien Bouchard’s office to all Quebec-born Francophone Armed Forces personnel and peacekeepers in Bosnia days before the ’95 referendum asking them to join a Quebec army in the event of a “Yes” victory. The Federal Government knew about it and did nothing as did the CBC, which decided not to cover it.
39. French Quebecers who responded positively to the communique were asked to swear an Oath of Allegiance to Quebec.
40. Lucien Bouchard made statements during the referendum campaign that after a “Yes” vote, Quebec intended to prevent Ottawa from moving out of the province any military weapons, equipment, or jet fighters. He also stated that there are presently 14,000 CAF personnel who are committed to defending Quebec soil. This also went untouched in Ottawa and unreported in the English media.
41. Royal Canadian legion statistics show that Quebec has 19,442 legion members (about the same as New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Manitoba even though Quebec’s population is 10 times that of those provinces). Alberta is only one third the population of Quebec, but has 3 times as many legion members. Quebec’s population 7,200,000 has 19,442 members; New Brunswick’s population 740,000, has 19,122 members.
42. At their Dominion Conventions, the legion membership, discouraged by the rising incidents of flag burning and desecration by Quebec Francophones have been asking the Federal Government to make it an offence under the criminal code of Canada to desecrate the flag. The Federal Government continually rejects such proposals.
43. Bilingualism in the armed forces was laid down in a master implementation plan for the years 1987- 2002. In a May 11th, 1993 Standing Committee on Official Languages, progress was reported as follows: 90% of Francophone officers were bilingual, only 7% of Anglophone officers were bilingual. Training of naval reserve personnel had been moved from Esquimalt and Halifax to Quebec City because French Quebecers did not want to train in British Columbia or Nova Scotia. To encourage French Quebecers to join the Air Force, half of our fighter aircraft were stationed in Bagotville, in a completely French setting. (Update – half the flying fighters are based in Bogotville, half in Cold Lake, Alberta. Most of the fighters are non-operational, sitting in storage in Bombardier’s plant in Mirabel). Personnel evaluation reports would no longer be translated, requiring all members of merit progression committees to be bilingual. No officer to be promoted to Lt. Colonel unless bilingual, 100% of Lt. Colonels to be bilingual by 1998.
44. In January 2001, Quebec deputy premier Bernard Landry referred to the Canadian flag as “bits of red rag” and that Ottawa in trying to impose English and the Canadian flag on his people was insidious and disrespectful to the Quebec nation.
45. Landry also complained that the nation of Quebec would not be represented at the upcoming summit of the Americas to be held in Quebec City, ” I think It’s a shame that in our National Capital we will not be present at the table.”
46. He also stated that “the Central Government of Canada considers Quebec in the same manner as Alberta or New Brunswick, this is absurd”. It’s as if England’s prime minister, Tony Blair would consider Scotland and Worchestershire as the same, Scotland is a nation, as is Quebec”.
47. John McGarry, CEO of Region 3 Hospital Corporation in New Brunswick suggested to the provincial government that it consider closing smaller hospitals in the province and diverting the savings to the larger ones; this may mean that people will have to travel longer distances to receive hospital care. That same day Heritage Minister, Sheila Copps was in Moncton to announce a $60 million package from Ottawa to promote the French language in New Brunswick. McGarry’s reaction was that ” now a few more New Brunswickers will be capable of asking for reduced health care in either official language”.
48. In August 2000, Clifford Oswald of Pointe Claire, Quebec, lost all of his household belongings and his car to the provincial government, the language police seized them because Mr. Oswald refused to pay fines for having too much English on his store sign. He was later bailed out by an Anglo who thought it would shame the Quebec government by doing so.
49. Finance Minister, Paul Martin announced that there would be $1.8 billion more in this year’s equalization payments to the have- not provinces, the lion’s share of that, nearly $1.5 billion will go to Quebec. Martin suggested that” the constant threat of separation still dogs the Quebec economy and keeps it in a constant state of catching up”. The announcement came just a day after Martin refused requests from Atlantic finance ministers for an increase in equalization payments. (2001)
50. Although Quebec has no plans to refuse the $1.5 billion, Deputy Premier, Bernard Landry, stated “it was degrading for Martin to refer to Quebec as a have-not province when we are going to be a rich country some day”.
51. The Jacques-Cartier riding in Quebec is proposing that the PQ adopt a 180- word apology for Yves Michaud because “he is an honourable citizen, a defender of the French language and the emancipation of the Quebec people”. (Yves Michaud had made some very racist and derogatory remarks about Jews before being dismissed by Premier Bouchard). Webster’s dictionary defines ’emancipation’ as: to set free, liberate, release or deliver. The legislation that freed the slaves in the U.S. in the mid 1800’s is known as the”Emancipation Proclamation”. (2001)
52. While most countries monitor the internet for felonies and other major criminal acts there are presently only 3 governments in the world that use government intervention to regulate non-criminal content and use of the internet, the three governments are China and Vietnam (which are both communist countries) and the government of Quebec.
53. Quebec is the only western government since Nazi Germany to place restrictions on the use of an individual language on commercial and private property, and written and oral communication between employees and management of private businesses.
54. Every province in Canada uses an automobile license plate which features a provincial slogan or motto, ie; Alberta (wild rose country), Nova Scotia (Canada’s ocean playground), Quebec (je me souviens). New Brunswick is the only province not to have a motto on its plate. The slogan “picture province” appeared on the NB plate for decades until Official Bilingualism was introduced in 1969. The Dept. of Transportation were forced during the 70’s to bilingualize the plates and in doing so it was discovered that there was not sufficient room on the plate for ‘picture province” and its French translation. As a result it was decided not to have a slogan on the license plate at all, the tradition and history attached to the “‘picture province” is now folklore
55. The RCMP presently has 83% of its New Brunswick’s police force positions mandated to be fluently bilingual. The Acadian society of NB, along with the Official Languages Commissioner, Dyane Adam, are taking the RCMP to the Supreme Court on the grounds that the French language standards among the bilingual RCMP staff is too low, and that more bilingual staff is needed to meet the requirements of the Official Languages Act.
56. At the recent Summit of the Americas held in Quebec City in April 2001, the host country decided protocol for the order of languages spoken, as is the custom at these events. When the U.S. hosted in ’94 and ’99 English was chosen as the first official language; when Chile hosted in ’98 Spanish was chosen (the majority language of that country was the criteria used). The government of Canada chose to use French as the first official language of the summit and the Prime Minister spoke French first. English is the first language of 75% of Canadians. Of the 34 member countries French is the majority language in just one country, Haiti.
57. The City of Ottawa has been made “bilingual” although the word “official” was carefully avoided. The plan makes all 37 managerial positions in the city bilingual even though none of these managers will have contact with the public. As well, 1000 more non-managerial positions will become bilingual imperative. It was also in the policy that certain jobs (like that of a fire-fighter) must include persons who are “culturally appropriate”. A recent census showed that 97% of Ottawa citizens could speak English. The federal government wanted the city bilingual in time for the Francophone Games to be held in Ottawa in July 2001. The City of Hull, Quebec will remain unilingual French even though Hull is part of the National Capital Region and is the home to Canada’s Museum of National History.
58. In Quebec, a municipality must have at least 50% Anglophone population to qualify for the right to put up a bilingual sign (French language must be twice as large as the English wording). Outside of Quebec, municipalities require only a 5% francophone population to qualify for minority language rights, these rights include schools, churches, hospitals and document translation to be provided in the French language.
59. Stephane Dion has recently been appointed the bilingualism watch dog to insure minority language rights are being protected, he had already stated publicly that Quebec’s Bill 101 that prohibits the use of the English language in Quebec was a “brilliant piece of legislation”. (2001)
60. During a press conference on the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix, driver Jacques Villeneuve, who was born in Quebec, was asked what he thought of the Quebec language police investigating his newly named restaurant. Villeneuve said ” to be honest it makes me laugh to see that people can actually be offended by the English language to such a degree. These people should learn to look beyond the end of their noses. Villeneuve also said ” the language squabbling was one aspect of Quebec life that my father didn’t miss when he moved to Europe in the late 70’s”. Villeneuve had named his new restaurant “Newtown” which is the English translation for Villeneuve.
61. Diane Friesen of St. Laurent, Manitoba, a tiny municipality north of Winnipeg is on the verge of losing her promotion to be Chief Administration Officer for the town because she cannot speak French. She served as assistant to the CAO for the past 13 years until his retirement. The job opening was advertised in all Manitoba newspapers but found no qualified bilingual candidates, the only two qualified applicants were Anglophones, one of which was Ms. Friesen. The town council planned to hire a bilingual assistant to aid her and enroll her in French studies but that was shot down by the ABMM (Association of Bilingual Municipalities of Manitoba). The ABMM plans to force the town to hire a bilingual person right away that is not qualified to be an administrator but will be trained to be one at a later date. Denis Bibault, President of the ABMM said the priority has to start with the ability of the public to be served in both official languages, not the qualifications of the applicant. Mayor Denis Carriere’s response was ” I am a Francophone and I fully support Official Bilingualism 100% but this decision by the ABMM is lacking common sense and rational thought. It seems to me that there is a hidden agenda going on here, this will only serve to divide the town”. All Manitoba Francophones are able to speak English; they make up only 4.5% of the provinces population. (2001)
62. Dr. Marguerite Ritchie, President of the Human Rights Institute of Canada, member of the Order of Canada and the first female Queen’s Council in Ontario, came out publicly on Saturday, June 9, 2001 and stated that Ottawa’s bilingualism policy contravenes the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights. The new policy designates all supervisor and managerial positions bilingual. Dr. Ritchie held a public forum in Ottawa on June 17th and requested that the city holds a referendum on the issue, on the grounds that Official Bilingualism discriminates against unilingual Anglophones. Dr. Ritchie is asking for contributions to get the language question put before the court.
63. All provinces in Canada use English Common Law as their judicial system except Quebec, which uses the Napoleonic code.
64. Marlene Baird, a restaurant owner in Campbell’s Bay, Quebec is selling her diner after 12 years of business. The Quebec language police had already forced her to remove the words “take out” and ” treat yourself” which was on an ice cream cone sign produced by Sealtest. After years of being harassed by the Quebec government, the final straw came when the language police ordered her to remove the hinged flap on an outdoor garbage can that read, “push”. (2001)
65. Saifur Pervez Khan, an immigrant who recently purchased a convenience store in Montreal was told by the language police that they had received complaints that he was unable to speak French properly. This violates Sect. 2 of the Quebec Language Charter. He was ordered to hire Francophone employees to serve the counter or undergo French language training. Mr. Khan stated that he and his wife work 18 hour days and cannot afford to hire anybody else or pay for language training. (2001). They have since left the province.
66. A restauranter in Montreal was recently told to stop using “Double Diamond” coasters or be fined $7,000.00. (2001).
67. During his “Marathon of Hope” walk across the country in 1980, Terry Fox raised $25 million for the Canadian Cancer Society. His walk was cut short in Thunder Bay, Ontario where he was hospitalized and soon after, died from cancer. A sad footnote to Fox’s Marathon of Hope was the financial contributions that came out of the province of Quebec. Out of the $25 million total raised, Quebec residents were not very generous. On a 100 mile stretch of highway he raised only $35. In contrast, the Atlantic region, which had only one tenth the population of Quebec, donated almost $6 million. The cancer society cited three reasons for the low contributions,
a) the Quebec provincial police would not allow Fox to walk on certain portions of Quebec’s part of the Trans-Canada Highway because it felt that he would be a safety hazard, so as a result many times he was forced to use the provinces backroads,
b) the Parti-Quebecois was in the middle of a referendum campaign and there was a lot of anti-English sentiment and c) the Quebec media felt this was an English Canadian story and provided little coverage of the marathon.
68. 200 years of history will be changed on January 1st 2002 when the city of Hull, Quebec officially changes its name to Gatineau. The Parti Quebecois said that Hull, which was given its name by a British surveyor 200 years ago, did not reflect the Francophone character of the region and needed to be changed.
69. The latest Public Service Commission figures show that all executive, managerial and supervisory positions in the Ottawa-Hull Capital Region are designated bilingual, of those, 69% are filled by Francophones. 41% of all public service positions in the Capital Region are occupied by Francophones. Francophones represent only 24% of Canada’s total population and only 4% live outside Quebec.
70. At the opening ceremonies of the recent World Francophonie Games held in Ottawa-Hull, Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson and Heritage Minister Sheila Copps were booed by the Quebec delegation for switching to English during their opening remarks. They were attempting to thank the Federal Government for paying for half the costs ($20 million) and the local Anglophone population for their financial and volunteer contributions. They had to revert to French because they couldn’t be heard over the heckling. (July 2001)
71. The Memorial Service conducted on Parliament Hill after the September 11th terrorist bombing of New York City, was MC’d by a Francophone who addressed the US Ambassador and the mainly English-speakers gathered there (estimated at 100,000) in French first. This was an insult to the Americans and the English-speaking majority of Canada.
72. For the 2000-2001 fiscal year the province of Quebec received 84% ($19.2 million) of all Federal funding for cultural and sporting events. The Atlantic Provinces, Ontario and the West shared the remaining 16% or $3.8 million.
73. The 1996 Federal census report shows that great numbers of Francophones leave their home province of Quebec and the mostly Acadian northern area of New Brunswick for English speaking regions in the rest of Canada every year to seek employment or attend university. On the other hand, the percentage of Anglophones relocating to French regions in Canada is almost non-existent.
74. In 1917, due to Canada’s inability to wage war in Europe solely on the backs of volunteers, Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden instituted a nation wide draft. The next day Quebec Francophones rioted in the streets of Quebec City and attempted to overtake the city’s armouries. Troops from Ontario were sent in to stop the rioting and in the process 5 soldiers and 4 civilians were killed. All of Canada supported the draft except Quebec, which felt that it was a British conflict and Quebecers had no obligation to go to war. Canada was going to help liberate France from the Germans.
75. In 1944, in an attempt to avoid dividing the country by language and to avoid possible rioting, Prime Minister McKenzie King instituted a referendum on a nation wide draft. Canadians in English Canada voted overwhelmingly to draft civilians but French Quebec voted “no” to the idea. Adelard Godbout, the Premier of Quebec at the time, is to this day still considered a traitor to Quebecers because he supported the draft. Former French Prime Ministers, Sir Wilfred Laurier and Pierre Trudeau, who was 23 at the time, voted against the draft.
76. There is no English immersion program in the province of New Brunswick’s school system even though there are currently over 70,000 Francophones who cannot speak English.
77. In December 2000 the Quebec language authority banned a doll called the “Ooglie” from store shelves because it spoke English. Quebec’s bill 101 states that retail stores cannot sell products unless they are available in French. Parents wanting the doll for Christmas had to have it sent by mail from Ontario. Another story can be added over the silly fuss made over a parrot that spoke only English – talk about ridiculous!!
78. Treasury board statistics show that only 3% of English-essential positions in the Federal Public Service are filled by Francophones. These are positions that do not require fluency in both official languages, hiring is based solely on job knowledge and experience; however, Francophones occupy 39% of all Bilingual public service positions.
79. “Hockey Night in Canada” is translated on the CBC French network as “la soiree du hockey”, which means “night of hockey”. The word “Canada” was removed from the French translation in 1979.
80. In July 2001, at the raising of the Acadian flag on Acadian National Day – Eric Cyr (French Quebecer) assaulted Matthew Glenn of the Anglo Society who tried to disrupt the ceremony. The assault trial was conducted totally in French (no translation) and the case was dismissed. The accuser was left totally unaware of what was being said at the trial as the transcript was not released till after the trial.
81. In Ottawa, the Montfort Hospital was to be closed as one of the recommendations of the Ontario Hospital Restructuring Committee. The unbelievably strident and rancorous outcry from the Francophone Community in Ottawa, Francophone MPs and MPPs, The Commissioner of Official Languages ( the incredibly biased Dyanne Adam) and even the Prime Minister (who tried to influence a decision far beyond his purview) appears to have overturned a decision based on practical economic considerations on LINGUISTIC GROUNDS ALONE! Ostensibly, the Montfort is needed to serve French-speaking patients in their own language; but, at the same time the General Campus of the Ottawa Hospital was declared bilingual. The end result: all of the positions at the Montfort, and 44% of the positions at the General are now filled by Francophones, many from Quebec. The Human Resources Director responsible for Official Languages provided the 44% figure at the Ottawa Hospital.
82. On March 31, 2001, ALL federal senior government management positions and military/police ranks above Major (or equivalent) must be sufficiently bilingual.
83. The percentage of Canadians that are functionally bilingual is ONLY 17%.
84. In assessing adequate bilingual ability for federal jobs, apparently there is NO equivalent examination for French speaking applicants, as there is for English speaking applicants.
85. Of those 17% Canadians who are functionally bilingual: Just over 50% are from Quebec, and just over 50% have first language French (the MAJORITY in both cases).
86. In the early 1970s Trudeau decided to send 200 + French-speaking military personnel to the C.F.B. Base at Greenwood, N. S. There were and never had been any French speakers there. The local municipal politicians all opposed this and wrote to Ottawa objecting. It went ahead anyways and now 25 years later the French are solidly established with their own French school. This has been a pattern right across the country.
87. In recent years the Federal Government has begun to write Nova Scotia also as Nouveau-Ecosse on all documents and letterhead. The Province of Nova Scotia is doing this too now, doubtless influenced by federal government money ( ie. that’s always how it works). But, why is there a French translation at all. Nova Scotia is LATIN. It never appears as New Scotland.
88. The Acadian lawyers in Nova Scotia have their own French Lawyers Association paid for by the federal government. It was established a few years ago thanks to a grant of approximately $200,000 a year. It’s sole purpose is to Frenchify the legal system of Nova Scotia. They are now advocating that Wills done in French be recognized in Nova Scotia ( Less than 5.0% of Nova Scotia’s population is French speaking.)
89. Nova Scotia within the last few years has established a French Acadian School Board, which teaches in French. This thanks to a court case heard by an Acadian Judge which said that the French were entitled to education in their own language. No discussion about what numbers warranted that. There are now French schools in every part of the province and new ones being built.
90. The Maritime Provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are training Acadians to be medical doctors at medical schools in Quebec (at Univ. of Laval) thanks to a program paid by the provinces and Ottawa in order to train them in French. When they graduate they must return and work in an Acadian area for a minimum 5 years. The result is the French Acadians are the only segment of the population that is being guaranteed a level of medical attention. In most areas of the Maritimes there is a worsening doctor shortage.
91. In July 2001, Price Waterhouse Coopers released it’s long awaited report on the state of New Brunswick’s French immersion program. Their research revealed that only 38% of early immersion students were graduating with an advanced level of bilingualism, otherwise known as “fluently bilingual”. Even more disturbing was their data on late immersion (grade 6 to 12), which showed that only 11% were graduating with advanced capabilities. When questioned by a reporter on the merits of French immersion, education minister Elvy Robichaud shocked members of the media by stating “the education department holds the position that bilingualism is not the goal of the French immersion program, some parents expectations are if their kid is involved in French immersion they’ll be able to work in both languages, this is not necessarily the objective of the program”. Joan Weinman, president of The Canadian Parents for French said to that same reporter “certainly, it may not be a ticket to a job, but in a province like New Brunswick, if the goals are things such as cultural understanding and tolerance, I think French immersion programs go a long way to serve that purpose”.
92. A Leger marketing poll conducted between Sept 21 and Sept 24 2001for the Journal de Montreal, showed that only 51.4% of Quebecers supported a war against terrorism as compared to 73% across the rest of the country. Support went even lower in Quebec if there was a possibility they could die or their taxes would go up.
93. Louis Quigley, a retired civil servant from Riverview, New Brunswick (part of the Moncton metro area) filed a law suit against the Federal Government two years ago because he was unable to watch question period totally in English, he has won his battle without seeing a single day in court. The CRTC acted before it got to the courts and as of Sept. 2001 Rogers Cable will be forced to air question period in English. Up until Quigley’s lawsuit, Miramichi which is 92% Anglophone and Moncton which is 65% Anglophone were receiving House of Commons debate without English translation when a Francophone spoke in the House. Denis Carmel, spokesman for the CRTC said the changes that will take place in September have nothing to do with Mr. Quigley’s suit, he said the latest directive resulted from concern over the service Francophone minorities outside Quebec were receiving from cable companies offering House coverage.
94. An American man recently won his lawsuit against his former wife in the Ohio State Courts. His estranged wife who is Canadian and residing in Nova Scotia had enrolled her son in the provinces French Immersion program. Her ex husband (an American) who had joint custody wanted his child educated in the English school system because he felt French Immersion would be detrimental to his child’s education, a judge in Ohio agreed. A sad footnote to the legal case was the closing statement made by the judge when announcing his decision. He said “Although French is the predominant language in the rest of Canada, in Nova Scotia English is the language spoken by the majority of its people and I see no reason to force this child to be educated in any other language but English”. The judge later admitted his ignorance of the Canadian landscape, he had vacationed in Nova Scotia in the past and knew for a fact that English was the majority language in that province but based his knowledge of the rest of Canada on news clips of Canadian politicians most of whom spoke with a French accent.
95. In 1964 Prime Minister Lester Pearson invoked closure on any further debate over the controversial new flag that was to be unveiled. A referendum was requested by the federal opposition, Royal Canadian Legion and the general public but was denied by the governing Liberal party. The Red ensign which featured the British Union Jack in the top left corner was seen by French Canadians as insulting and disrespectful to the French nation, as a result, to appease the separatist movement which was building momentum in the province of Quebec, Pearson threw out the Canadian flag which was flown in both world wars, the same wars in which most French Quebecers refused to fight for their country.
96. On February 15th, 1965 Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau unveiled their new flag on Parliament Hill. Leader of the opposition and former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker along with all of the conservative party MP’s bowed their heads to the ground and refused to witness the removal of the Red Ensign. This day marked the beginning of the denigration of Canada’s British origin and heritage.
97. Within months of the unveiling of Canada’s new flag in 1965, Ontario and Manitoba reacted in defiance by declaring the Red Ensign as their official provincial flag. In New Brunswick, imperialist sentiment was also building and the official opposition planned to introduce a motion calling for the Red Ensign bearing the arms of the province to become the official flag of New Brunswick. Then Premier Louis Robichaud got wind of the conservative party’s plan and undercut them by introducing his own flag which is still in use today.
98. In the 1970’s Pierre Trudeau declared that the home of Dr. Norman Bethune, a card-carrying member of the Communist Party of Canada, would be made into a historic shrine. Later it was designated a National Historic Site. Trudeau made him a National Hero of Canada, and thousands of dollars were spent to promote the idea and restore his house and create a display to tell of his communistic achievements.
99. In 1972 the imposition of quotas within the armed forces officer promotion system was implemented. To ensure that 28% and later 33% of every promotion list included Francophone officers, the Canadian Forces imposed quotas on promotion boards.
100. Canada’s national anthem “Oh Canada” was first performed at the Congres National des Canadiens_Francais in 1880 on St.Jean-Baptiste Day, a day in which many Quebec people celebrate their French colonial origins and the time when they were a French colony governed by a French Governor. A Quebec Francophone wrote both the words and music and the original French words were changed to an English translation to suit English Canada. For example, “the true north strong and free” is ‘Il sait porter la croix”(I will carry the cross) in the French version of our national anthem.
101. In 1982, the creation of The Constitution Act required English-speaking provinces to provide not only a French language education but separate schools and school boards for the miniscule number of Francophones in provinces outside Quebec. There was no similar obligation put upon Quebec for the English speaking people in that province.
102. At the end of the seven years war in 1763 The Treaty of Paris was signed by England and France, as result of England’s conquest of North America, all French interests in North America were surrendered to the British. Peoples of French origin were graciously permitted to keep their language, religion and civil law (Big Mistake). In 1774 The Quebec Act was passed allowing French peoples living in Quebec to participate in the government, the act did not allow for the French language to be used in government proceedings. In 1982 Pierre Trudeau threw out the British North America Act and drew up the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which gave the 4% Francophone minority population outside Quebec equal status to the Anglophone majority.
103. In February 2000 Transport Minister David Collenette announced that baggage handlers at the Ottawa airport must now be bilingual. Michael Thibodeau’s law suit against Air Canada will definitely preclude any employee of Air Canada or its affiliates from hiring unilingual English speakers. This has been recently evidenced to apply to all AC employees – even those with proven ability to use practicable French needed for the job. AC invited for job interviews hundreds of experienced flight attendants who lost their jobs with Air 3000 airline after AC took the airline over. Hundreds of them flew from all over Canada to Toronto just to be told that they will not be considered for the job because they don’t speak fluent French.
104. On November 12, 1997 an article appeared in National Geographic magazine concerning the ethnic cleansing of thousands of English speaking Canadians from Quebec.
105. In 1989 at a ceremony sponsored by the Canada Council, at the Calgary Centre for the Performing Arts, Governor-General Jeanne Sauve awarded a prize for Canadian novel of the year to Jean Larose of Quebec. In his book he wrote “to nurture our hatred for Canada and everything that weakens and humiliates Canada ….must cause us to rejoice”. “English Canadians have nothing to offer us but their stupid mediocrity. In 1953 Pierre Trudeau was barred from entering the U.S. because of his communist affiliations. 107. In 1956 Pierre Trudeau led a communist delegation to Peking for a Red Victory celebration.
106. In 1947, Trudeau who was attending The London School of Economics, a hotbed of communist thinkers at the time, (Lester Pearson also attended this school), stated that Marxist professor Harold Laski was “the most stimulating and powerful influence he ever had”. Later that same year he traveled to Moscow and attended a Communist international economic conference. Many years later Trudeau would travel to Cuba and vacation with Fidel Castro.
107. After invoking closure on any further debate and saying no to the Royal Canadian Legion’s request for a referendum on the creation of a new Canadian flag, Prime Minister Pearson stated to the press that “A Canadian Prime Minister with a majority government is the nearest thing to a dictator…if he wants to be one”. The following is a list of positions that the Prime Minister of Canada appoints to.
1) Governor General of Canada
2) Lieutenant Governors of all Provinces
3) Governors of the Territories
4) Members of the Senate
5) Supreme Court Judges
6) Clerk of the Privy Council
7) Cabinet Ministers and their Deputies (who control every aspect of life in Canada)
8) Ambassadors to foreign countries and Consuls
9) Canada’s representative to the United Nations
10) Chiefs of the Armed Forces
11) Chiefs of the R.C.M.P and security Agencies (CSIS)
12) Heads of Crown Corporations
13) Head of the CBC and its directors
14) Commissioner of Official Languages
15) Bilingualism Czar of Cabinet rank
16) Head of the Prime Minister’s Office
17) Governor of the Bank of Canada
18) President of the Treasury Board
19) Heads of all government sponsored Commissions
20) Members of the Human Rights Tribunal
21) His own Ethics Councillor The Prime minister can fire persons occupying these positions at any time. In the U.S., a true democracy, all of these positions should they exist, would have to be elected or approved by another body other than the President.
108. The Supreme Court of Canada was designed to reflect the Canadian Landscape and it’s peoples. Of the 9 Judges that sit on Canada’s Supreme Court, 5 are from Quebec and the 6th is a Francophone from New Brunswick. This is 2/3’s of the entire bench. Quebec Francophones represent only 22.5% of Canada’s population.
109. At the Ecole Ste.Anne in Fredericton, N.B.(an all French school), students are not permitted to speak English anywhere in the school except for their one hour per day English class. Students caught speaking English in the hallway or cafeteria for example, are suspended for up to one week and longer for repeat occurrences. In all English schools throughout the province however, speaking French is not only permitted but encouraged to promote bilingualism.
110. Kenneth W. Smith – President of the famous Shriners International Hospital is giving serious consideration to moving the hospital to Ontario (either Ottawa or London). Reasons given: Language and Separation. Mr. Smith, a Canadian from B.C., does not relish the hospital being made to comply with the unilingual French policy of Quebec; nor does he like the idea of the hospital being in a “foreign” country when Quebec separates.
EDUQUEBEC ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES EXPRESS
TREASURY BOARD OF CANADA
“FIGHTING FOR CANADA”
“BILINGUAL TODAY FRENCH TOMORROW”
“THE MONSTROUS TRICK”
REGINALD DIXON, “HISTORY OF CANADA FROM 1608”
ALISTAIR B. FRASER, FLAGS OF CANADA