Far, far away, Yukon may decide a lot
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.