Elites don’t speak for Maxime!

- February 7th, 2011
Maxime Bernier, the Conservative MP from the Beauce in Quebec, not only challenges a sacred cow of Quebec’s elites, he uses hard data to show that those elites don’t speak for most Quebecers.

This is clear to anyone that is willing to open their eyes or ears to what Quebecers have been saying for years. Never believe anyone that cites “the Quebec consensus.”

The following is from Bernier’s blog.

My position on Bill 101

Last Friday, I gave an interview to host Jordi Morgan at the Halifax radio station News 95.7. As part of a discussion on the federal government’s intrusions into areas of provincial jurisdictions, the show’s host asked me whether governments have a role to play in fostering a national identity through legislation, with laws like the Canada Health Act.

drapeau_quebecois I answered that people know who they are and that it’s not the government’s role to create and protect a national identity. I used Quebec as an example and said that we don’t need Bill 101 to protect the French language.

I did not expect to create such a storm by expressing my belief that we should let people act like free and responsible individuals, including when it comes to protecting their language, instead of relying on government coercion to do it for them.

This has since generated several denunciations from public figures in Quebec and a wave of angry comments on the Internet.

Some people say I am not a “real Quebecer” and are accusing me of “attacking Quebec” simply because I want to be more popular in the rest of Canada. They seem unable to conceive that it’s possible to have a different position than theirs on the basis of fundamental principles.

My position is this: Yes, it’s important that Quebec remain a predominantly French-language society. And ideally, everyone in Quebec should be able to speak French. But we should not try to reach this goal by restricting people’s rights and freedom of choice.

French will survive if Quebecers cherish it and want to preserve it; it will flourish if Quebec becomes a freer, more dynamic and prosperous society; it will thrive if we make it an attractive language that newcomers want to learn and use. Not by imposing it and by preventing people from making their own decisions in matters that concern their personal lives.

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3 comments

  1. Peter B says:

    On the CTV Power Play program today, although some panelists tried to twist the argument, that to oppose Bill 101 was to repudiate bilingualism in this country, the fact and undeniable truth is the exact opposite. Can anything be more obvious and conclusive – that it is the support of Bill 101 that is a repudiation of bilingualism and minority rights in Canada . To demonize opponents of Bill 101 as unpatriotic, or guilty of not upholding or opposing the constitution is a losing argument that would only be advanced by a moron.

    I think the question that politicians and political pundits should be answering is

    Do you think Bill 101 infringes on freedom, infringes on individual rights as guaranteed Canadians by the constitution of Canada?

    Let’s separate the chaff from the wheat and get a simple answer to that question, and then ask whose rights are they prepared to infringe upon next and not defend?
    Why would they think that the people whose rights are guaranteed by the constitution and are being trampled on , should not react, and demand protection by their government, if it is not a banana republic.
    Isn’t it strange how they can give us contradictory positions and double talk when it comes to minority rights, insult our intelligence and treat us like turnips?
    If politicians choose to pull a Neville Chamberlain and travel the country, waving a piece of paper and pronouncing peace in our time, and we choose to follow rather than address the injustice and discrimination, we will end up with the same disastrous results Chamberlain had, make no mistake.

  2. Ed says:

    Maxime is right. Allow people to do as they please. Anything else is bullying. I’ve never objected to Quebec encouraging, even requiring French. I’ve only ever objected to banning other languages. There’s a difference, and M Bernier gets it.

  3. Brian ( Political Science ) says:

    Two things wrong with Canada right now, as this Postal Back to Work Bill C 6 is debated. One is the Conservatives inability to change the wording of the Bill C 6 . This man Harper has only his pride and the determination to say he was right in doing what this Bill purposes. Harper is a Wolf in Sheeps cothing. He a disguised Adgenda to Canadians before the Election. Was to build the economy and pruduce more jobs for Canadians. Now we see his real Agenda in part Bill C 6 has laided out some his key points. One to take away a Unions bargaining rights with respect to contacts. Two is to have a two tier wage imposted for employees of a Union at CP. These two things alone and the grantee Pension retirement has to change for this Government to be happy. The lockout that occurred was orchestrated by the Government. Not by Canada Post Mangers; The Government does not want to look bad in the unsuspecting Canadian puplics eyes. This is why that this debate is happing right now as I write this letter. The government ( Harper ) is untruthful and corrupt in there intentions to make peace in this event. To lose FACE in this situation would not be good for the Harperites.
    The problem with the Union and Canada post started just before Canada Post became a Crown Corporation . Everything changed with respect to Service and Employee Relationships. This is where the problems started. The Union had Articles in place that grantee a good pension and wage control and working conditions. These Articles were bargined for when Canada Post was not in the business of making money.( Before the Crown Corp. ever excisted ) These Articles in the contract have been fought over at each New Contract Session.
    The Employee Relations has deteriorated over the past 15 years since the Crown took over the business of Postal Services. This Crown Corporation was put in place by the Moroney Conservatives at the time. This was the governments frist step too start of privializing government services. To this day this is the Governments Adgenda. Not only Post Office but Health Care and some of the other Union based Canadian services.
    We tend to forget how Canada got to where it is now. From its well organized Unions and Labour Federations. Not from its private Business. Canada was built on the backs of the laborers and middle class of this country. When we want to take away there Rights; Rights that have been fought fore before there was even Political Party running this Country. You take away part of being a Canadian. The workers and middle class have made Canada what it is today. This current Government could care less about working middle class Canadians.

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