by Brian Lilley
There is an old saying in politics that a government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.
Right now, those words are coming to life in Quebec.
The new Parti Quebecois government has announced that it will expand the province’s language laws to daycare centres.
Only in Quebec could this particular government proposal go forward.
Quebec has long enforced laws that limit the ability of immigrants and francophone families to attend school in the language of their choice.
From kindergarten through high school, French-speaking and immigrant families are required to attend school in French.
Now this rule will be extended to colleges and daycares, including privately owned daycare centres.
Why is Quebec able to do this?
Because the government controls the system from top to bottom.
Quebec’s system is held up as a model by progressives across the country who want to see a national daycare system that they say is all about helping the children and making things more affordable for Mom and Dad.
The other reason they never give for wanting a national system is control.
Because the Quebec government subsidizes daycare by more than $30 a day, leaving parents to pay just $7 per day, the bureaucrats and the politicians get to call the tune.
Quebec has already banned any religious instruction in daycare centres, even if the entire facility was set up and is still being run by a church, synagogue or mosque.
One centre in Montreal organized by a group of nuns has been told they can tell students the story of Noah’s ark but only if they take the religion out of it and you can forget about singing Michael Row the Boat Ashore.
Is this the proper role of government?
The answer for a free people is no, but when government has grown to the point of providing for every want and need of the citizenry, you have to ask whether the people are still free or are they subjects.
The world is being turned upside down and our public servants now think we work for them and are keen to take orders.
This vision of how things should work is not limited to Quebec.
Less than two weeks ago, Laurel Broten, Ontario’s education minister, said that the province’s Catholic schools could no longer teach that abortion is wrong because the province had passed anti-bullying legislation.
Broten said that being against abortion on demand paid for by taxpayers was “misogynistic” and an attempt to bully women, therefore it was illegal to teach that point of view in schools.
In Alberta, the government is trying to tell private schools, religious schools and even homeschooling families that they cannot teach any moral lessons that might go against the progressive, left-wing interpretation on the provincial human rights code.
When did government get big enough to tell churches and families what moral lessons they could teach?
Canadians need to become more skeptical of government and push back against this encroachment in our lives.
We need to reassert that we are a free people, that they work for us and not the other way around.
That, of course, requires looking to ourselves, our friends, our families and our neighbours to help solve our problems before we look to government as the solution to every problem, the provider for every need and want.
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