"Free Man Chokes on Force-Fed Language"
That was what my poster read decades ago when I joined the throng on Parliament Hill to protest Quebec's oppressive language laws. A photograph of that demonstration showing my sign appeared in The Montreal Star in 1971.
Pauline Marois, Parti Quebecois leader now - June 7, 2010 - dares to say,
"It is not acceptable to send this message, that it is possible to have free choice."
Pauline Marois says this without hesitation or shame. The people who are paying her salary don't have the right to free choice! In Canada in the 21st Century! I can just see all the intelligent, wealthy, young and healthy people - English and French - heading for the airport and the highway west. Where have we seen this before?
As a delegate to a Quebec Liberal Convention at the Chateau Frontenac in 1971, I promoted the idea of bilingual education for all Canadians. At the plenary session, the secretary at the table on the stage declared before all the delegates that her children would learn English "over (her) dead body".
Then she declared the convention closed before the scheduled discussion on Education in Quebec could be brought to the floor.
All this was reported in the newspapers and on television, in spite of the fact that the Liberal whips seized the reporters' tape recordings.