Far, far away, Yukon may de­cide a lot

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

His­to­ry­has a way of re­peat­ing it­self, and the way the Canadian Colony of ukon is treat­ing its French mi­nor­ity brings us back al­most a quar­ter of a cen­tury ago. Meech Lake, does it ring a bell

ukon is not a prov­ince, the lo­cal ‘gov­ern­ment’ is a trib­u­tary of the Canadian Gov­ern­ment (not Par­lia­ment) as are those of un­avut and the or­th­west Ter­ri­to­ries. Chances that they will some­time achieve pro­vin­cial statute are as good as those of Puerto Rico get­ting state­hood south of the bor­der. Come to think of it, Puerto Rico may be a state be­fore they be­come prov­inces.

The bril­liant idea of the Harper Pres­i­den­tial Gov­ern­ment was to let the ukon de­cide on a rad­i­cal in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the rights of those el­i­gi­ble un­der ar­ti­cle 23 of the Char­ter of Rights. The lo­cal gov­ern­ment de­cided that, for all in­tents and pur­poses, only chil­dren of Cana­di­ans whose mother tongue is French, pure 23 if you wish, can send their chil­dren to French schools.

Which brought Que­bec into the fray, de­fend­ing ukon’s right to do so.

ukon’s main ar­gu­ment is that French ed­u­ca­tion costs too much That it can­not af­ford to pro­vide it. That Ottawa has let this farce play in the tri­bunals of ukon shows where the Harper Gov­ern­ment stands.

Back to an­other cost-sav­ing mea­sure. This time school buses in ew-Brunswick. ow the 1992 con­sti­tu­tion is not clear on the role of the yel­low buses a thor­ough re-re-read­ing makes no men­tion of them. A cry­ing shame, as they are a mis­treated mi­nor­ity on their own. Apart from the safety is­sue, why yel­low So in ewBrunswick, to­day’s is­sue is: should school buses be bilin­gual As in ukon, the Supreme Court will some­day de­cide.

This has im­me­di­ate bear­ing on the sur­vival of the Que­bec English school sec­tor. The de­par­ture of Doc­tor Bolduc from the Ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment could have brought a sigh of re­lief to Doc­tor Couil­lard. The new ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Fran ois Blais’ clos­est brush with the ‘Anglais’ comes from his doc­toral the­sis on well-known (thanks Wikipedia) English philoso­pher (and spy) Her­bert Lionel Adol­phus Hart. We will pre­sume that his English is a tad bet­ter than poor (must be to ac­cept all of th­ese ‘al­lo­ca­tions’) Dr. Bolduc’s.

So the ‘re­form’ in ed­u­ca­tion is off for the mo­ment. ot be­fore next fall at the best, and since the CAQ didn’t win last Mon­day’s by-elec­tion, it may silently fall on its own.

Still, there is need for re­form, as in health. Every­body agrees. So rather than rush­ing ev­ery­thing, why not take the time to re­flect and of­fer con­struc­tive so­lu­tions Even more so for the An­glo­phone sec­tor who doesn’t need any­one bring­ing the cost is­sue to the fore­front.

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