Conservative MP Maxime Bernier was quoted as saying we don’t need Bill 101, Quebec’s 33-year-old repressive language law anymore. The Quebec Liberal’s culture minister, Christine St-Pierre, calls his comments “irresponsible” while PQ leader Pauline Marois says it’s “unacceptable”.
The only thing irresponsible and unacceptable are politicians who stymie the free speech and expression of those who have the guts and courage to freely speak their mind.
Good for you Maxime. We need more politicians who are not afraid to speak up. Others may not like what they hear, and they have the right, and the duty, to respond. But to silence your opponent is to cower from open and democratic debate.
Let the Liberals and PQ explain why they feel they need to hold back the majority French-speaking population from freely choosing the language of education for their children, the language of signs in their private places of business and why they feel we, the taxpayers, need to spend untold millions of dollars on language inspectors and agencies rather than allocating these dollars to priority areas such as health care, education and crumbling bridges and roads.
Read My Position on Bill 101 on Maxime Bernier’s blog.
- Bernier’s courageous stand on language is of immense value (Gazette Op-Ed)
- Bernier lashes back in wake of Bill 101 comment furor (ctv.ca)
- Bernier blasted for calling historic Quebec language law unnecessary (theglobeandmail.com)
- Ottawa distances itself from Bernier’s language law comments (thestar.com)
- No need for Bill 101 in Que.: Bernier (cbc.ca)
- Government distances itself from Bernier comments (ctv.ca)
- Maxime Bernier on Quebec law: ‘We don’t need Bill 101′ (ctv.ca)