Bilin­gual for how long

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

Thereis a lot of wish­ful think­ing right now in the An­glo­phone com­mu­nity in Que­bec about the Bill 101 amend­ment bill pro­posed by the Parti Québé­cois, the worst be­ing that the bill has not a hope of pass­ing as both the Lib­er­als and the CAQs will vote against it. The Lib­er­als will, for sure, they even ad­mit be­ing dead if not for the ‘An­glo’ votes, but the CAQ?

Let’s start with the Lib­er­als. They are in such dis­ar­ray right now that they pub­licly ad­mit that they will not have the full slate of del­e­gates at their March lead­er­ship race in all rid­ings. They are say­ing this right now; wait till the Ides of March marches on when their new leader is pre­sented to the Na­tional As­sem­bly to read what this will mean for Que­bec as a whole.

Then the CAQ will have to start think­ing about be­ing elected. That the goof­ing Mrs. Marois is a god­send is one thing; get­ting elected is an­other. For this, Mr. Le­gault needs the na­tion­al­ist vote in Québec and this will mean for­get­ting that he is a child of the Mon­treal West Is­land and that he will at­tract enough votes from the English com­mu­nity to elect a cou­ple of MNAs in their rid­ings. He can scream that he is a com­mit­ted fed­er­al­ist, that he re­grets his old ways, that he was ac­tu­ally very sick and suf­fer­ing from a bout of Alzheimer’s be­fore his age when he was the tough­est of the ‘hard and pure’ in the Landry government, that he never meant any of this; not too many An­glo­phones will be­lieve him, es­pe­cially in the so-called Mon­treal crown of the North and South Shore where a lot of th­ese sub­ur­ban­ites have ‘es­caped’ Mon­treal and its An­glo­phone lean­ing im­mi­grants to live ‘en­tre nous’. Call them racist if you want, but this is a sim­ple re­peat of a North Amer­i­can phe­nom­e­non, start­ing af­ter the Sec­ond World War, when white peo­ple fled the towns to move to their sub­urbs.

So Mr. Le­gault and his troops will have a sim­ple choice: go with the flow and have an ex­cel­lent chance of de­feat­ing the PQ in the fall, or go the ADQ way. We guess that they will choose to win. And to do that they will have to look strong on ‘iden­tity’, a.k.a.: French.

The beauty of Bill 14, the law amend­ing Bill 101, is that some ar­ti­cles are ob­vi­ously there to be re­moved, the mu­nic­i­pal lan­guage one for a start. It’s a non-is­sue out­side the Is­land of Mon­treal for the sim­ple fact that there are no longer any mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that have a siz­able English pop­u­la­tion. But the real test will come in Longueuil when the same type of res­o­lu­tion passed in Stanstead, which will be pre­sented by the Green­field Park bor­ough coun­cil, comes to a vote. Chances are that it will be de­feated, but with some amend­ments, it could be adopted. For those un­aware, the mayor of Longueuil, Caro­line St-Hi­laire, is the wife of the Cul­ture Min­is­ter, Maka Kotto.

Then the CAQ could vote for it and the sub­se­quent law on so­called ‘bridge’ schools. For our re­gion this is the one to check. When the Lib­er­als adopted it, they added on pro­vi­sions for the fund­ing of the pen­sion funds of Bishop’s Col­lege School and Stanstead Col­lege, more than spare change, yearly, by the way. The chances that the fund­ing re­mains is nil. Chances that ALL pri­vate schools in Que­bec are forced to adopt the com­plete cur­ricu­lum of the Que­bec De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion are ex­cel­lent.

So, Stanstead could be spared, re­main bilin­gual of­fi­cially for the time be­ing; it is way above the 40% of English speak­ers that JeanFrançois Lizée has hinted would be the norm, but lose Stanstead Col­lege in the medium term.

LastApril, a rav­aging fire se­verely dam­aged the home of Stanstead’s Jane Webb and her son Tyler, claim­ing many of their pos­ses­sions and forc­ing them to find al­ter­nate liv­ing ar­range­ments. The small fam­ily was fi­nally able to move back into their home in De­cem­ber af­ter most of the re­pairs were done.

To help this Stanstead fam­ily get back on their feet, the of Stanstead group is putting on a “Tea and Chi­nese Auc­tion”, this Satur­day from 11:30 to 1:30 pm, at the United Church Hall in Stanstead. “This is some­thing that we wanted to do months

U.S. Sen. Bernie San­ders (I-Vt.) last week op­posed a mora­to­rium on wind power projects in Ver­mont that he said would send a “ter­ri­ble mes­sage” to the rest of the coun­try and set back ef­forts to stop global warm­ing.

A mem­ber of the U.S. Se­nate en­vi­ron­ment and en­ergy com­mit­tees, San­ders urged state law­mak­ers to re­ject a three-year ban on wind power projects.

“If Ver­mont ceases new wind devel­op­ment the mes­sage will go out all across the coun­try, spread by the well-funded coal and oil com­pa­nies, that even in Ver­mont – pro­gres­sive Ver­mont – there is not a se­ri­ous com­mit­ment to com­bat­ing global warm­ing,” San­ders said.

San­ders was joined at the news con­fer­ence in his Se­nate of­fice by Paul Burns of the Ver­mont Pub­lic In­ter­est Re­search Group, Don Hooper of the Na­tional Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion, Gabrielle Steb­bins of Re­new­able En­ergy Ver­mont and Christo­pher Kil­lian of the Con­ser­va­tion Law Foun­da­tion.

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