It was bound to happen, I suppose. And it is nice that it happened here in the West Island, stereotypes be damned. Enough is enough. Open-minded West Islanders should throw their support behind Henri Schick, the owner of the Swiss Vienna Pastry and Delicatessen in Pointe Claire Plaza who is taking a little shot at the OQLF. And he is doing it with a little sense of humour.
The growing backlash against the Office quebecois de la langue francaise is stirring resentment in all cultural communities. Pastagate, where the language inspectors targeted Italian words on a well-known Montreal restaurant, triggered the latest skirmish. Now, small business owners across the province who have been caught in the language inspectors’ crosshairs are pushing back and showing the world how ridiculous and petty the language laws have become in this province.
The Mouvement Quebec Francais has even come out and accused the anglo media of conspiring to publically humiliate the Office and openly disrespecting the province’s laws. Ouch.
Now, let’s analyze the Mouvement’s complaint. Enforcing a silly law is OK. But openly talking about it is not. Oh, and having an opinion about the law is not respectful either. Where are the violins when you need them?
If you want to respectfully show your support for the protest, why not swing by Schick’s shop off St. Jean Blvd. near Highway 20 on your way home tonight and pick up a little takeout. His Pasta salad Marois will make a nice side dish to just about any main dish and might even spark some interesting dinner table discussions.
Your comments are welcome.