The Language Police at it again or not?
de Pontiac has gotten the news that now, English news must be ‘Selma like’, at the end of the bus, sorry, the end of the paper.
This is another twist in the always strange behaviour of the Office de la langue française every time a new government takes office. Remember the Italian menu that haunted the Marois government?
Only pure imbeciles or saboteurs would indulge in stupidities like these.
And they must be told right away by the Government that this is unacceptable.
Like it or not, the linguistic peace rests on a strong Office, not a dumb one. When the French majority of the Province feels that the French language and the Québécois culture is protected, support for independence stagnates.
And when a Péquiste government tries to stretch the envelope, the Québécois show their disapproval.
So one wonders from whose twisted mind comes the latest diktat that from now on, in bilingual newspapers, a necessity in some regions, English goes to the back.
Whoever concocted this idea is ignorant at best or someone who is bent on shutting down the Office.
If he or she is an ignoramus, then send him or her back to school and let him or her reapply in the future.
If the idea is to shut down the Office, then why not hold a referendum right away. Simple question: Do you want to abolish all protection for the French language in Quebec? With a simple promise by the Couillard government, if the No side wins, we resign.
That Bill 101 needs a dusting is accepted by all and dreaded by most.
But as the new PQ leader answered during one of the debates when he was asked if he wanted to redraw the labour code, better leave what is highly unperfected alone; if one side asks for something, the other will ask for something else. Opening the linguistic can of worms is a lose- lose proposition.
Still, the Pontiac Journal situation makes the OLF a joke, once again.
The precedent is the Nightlife ‘magazine’ published ‘bilingually’ a couple of years ago. It was an ‘advertising’ vehicle for clubs in Montreal who for years have been trying to get rid of language requirements which ‘hurt’ their ‘business’. As if a ‘tourist’ to Montreal is coming here to be in an ‘English’ environment. Then again, they are the same ‘business people’ who complained that the loss of the Grand Prix a couple of years ago was destroying their businesses and killing the ‘erotic dance’ industry! It could be a comedy sketch if it weren’t true. Nightlife was printed on glossy stock, at maybe more than a dollar an issue to print. We are far from the Ryan family-owned Pontiac Journal. They make a living, but don’t drive Rolls-Royces.
So the OLF should hold ‘consultations’ soon to draft regulations that make sense and distinguish between ‘advertising’ flyers disguised as ‘magazines’ or newspapers and real ones.