What have we learned from Pastagate? We already knew the language police were a hapless gang of idiots. And we all know Bill 101 is an unjust law. It’s only justification is: “…but we need it”. And most anglos in Quebec understand that. We are willing to live with it if it is applied with some common sense. But when it isn’t, our only hope is the bright light of the media. We have to bring shame and ridicule on them.
Because we have an indifferent government in Ottawa we are not protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights. And because we still live in the nation of Canada, we are not considered a “minority” under the UN charter of rights. So we have no legal recourse. We can be discriminated against by a $25-million-a-year Quebec government department.
And we are.
Our choices are:
1) To leave;
2) To meekly accept;
Or 3) To fight back through demonstrations and/or boycotts.
All of these come up in conversations all the time in anglo circles. Especially when the PQ is in power in Quebec City.
The PQ wants to strengthen Bill 101 so all human rights are secondary to the primacy of the French language. They also want to strip towns of their right to choose to communicate with their citizens in English. They also want to eliminate the right of small businesses to use English in the workplace.
In the next few years it ain’t gonna get any better. We are under attack. So what does a community do in this situation?
There is always sabotage.
It turns out that the language police were actually enforcing the letter of the law. It was only when the story hit the media that the government tried to blame them for excessive zeal.
And these inspections can be investigated because of a complaint from as few as one citizen. And the anonymity of that citizen is protected.
So if all anglos were to fill out the forms on the OQLF website to make a complaint about every possible infraction. The sillier the better. Especially about government institutions. (For instance, is “office” a French word? Should it not be “bureau?”)
It is only by shining the light of the media on the absurdities of this law that we can fight it. We will get no help from anyone else. As we have learned last week, our only tool is the shame and embarrassment of the Quebec government.
Here is an addition to the above blog:
I just found out that comedian Abdul Butt had the idea before me.