Unilin­gual mess

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - OPINION -

Dur­ing the 1960s the French lan­guage act in Que­bec saw an ex­o­dus of an­glo­phones from la belle prov­ince. Mean­while fran­co­phone Que­bec politi­cians sent their chil­dren to English-speak­ing schools.

Queen’s Park elim­i­nated French lan­guage sup­port and has can­celled the planned French lan­guage univer­sity in Toronto. The ac­tions of these iso­la­tion­ists fur­ther lead to mi­gra­tion and fu­ture con­flict.

So far the Cana­dian ex­pe­ri­ence has seen the elim­i­na­tion of many Indige­nous lan­guages, while sub­se­quent as­sim­i­la­tion at­tempts have caused pain and ten­sion within our greater com­mu­nity. Which lin­guis­tic group is next? It be­hooves our politi­cians to rec­og­nize that we all ben­e­fit from our dif­fer­ences, be­fore these same politi­cians re­al­ize they don’t rep­re­sent the ma­jor­ity of the elec­torate.

Chris­tine Mor­gan Lon­don

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