OPINION: Quebec anglophones WILL get an English leaders debate
It’s official - there WILL be a leaders’ debate in English before the next provincial election, and all the parties will participate. AND it didn‘t take long to figure out what the opposition will be trying to hang on the Couillard Liberals... “Taking Anglos for granted” seems to be the topic du jour for all three opposition parties. PQ leader Jean-Francois Lisée SAID it, CAQ leader François Legault tweeted it, and so did Québec Solidaire's Gabriel Nadeau Dubois.
The message is: “if you're tired of being taken for granted, you now have another option.” It’s almost like they got together to formulate a collective game plan, or have been listening to CJAD and reading the Gazette.
Of course, this ploy seems a bit rich to me when you consider that the CAQ have already proposed eliminating school boards, and want to force small businesses to operate in French. Quebec Solidaire still has separation as their raison d’être, and the PQ, well the PQ still have the stench of the values charter hanging over them.
So what issue do YOU want to see addressed as an Anglophone? I have a few:
-Guarantee the providing of all health care services in English.
-Come up with a definitive plan with details on how you’ll balance out the opportunities for Anglos in the civil service.
-Commit to posting road signs and warnings in French AND English.
-Allow immigrants from English speaking countries to enroll their children in anglophone schools.
-When someone has the temerity to ask for a document in English, they won’t have to jump through hoops to get it, if they can get it at all.
-And, while I’m at it, how about telling the OQLF to stop harassing shopkeepers and threatening to take them to court because the English on one of their signs is a 1/16th of an inch too big for their liking and therefore poses a threat to the French language?
That might help us all feel like we’re respected and not simply tolerated. Did I miss anything?