Quebec Liberal leader Philippe Couillard and Liberal critic on language issues Marc Tanguay offer a refreshing and confident position on the language question. Their opposition to the “unnecessarily coercive and judicialized approach, and inflammatory measures,” of Bill 14 stand in stark contrast to that of the PQ government, let alone the CAQ that coward away from killing the bill outright.
Couillard and Tanguay speak of the benefits of bilingualism and multilingualism and of the great advantage that the million strong English-speaking Quebecers – “they are not foreigners” – have in speaking at least two languages fluently.
They finally state what is plain to many but not enough in Quebec, that Francophones are placing themselves at a disadvantage by hindering themselves and their children off from greater opportunity.
I am far from a Liberal flag bearer. Bill 22, Bill 178, these pieces of language restrictive legislation, along with hiring of more language cops came in under liberal governments. However, the principles espoused in this opinion piece deserve praise and should be echoed by more and more Francophone leaders across Quebec.
Couillard and Tanguay close with, “Let’s choose to focus on our strengths and, above all, on our desire to live and prosper together. Sounds good to me.
Opinion: Our opposition to Bill 14 – a question of principle (Montreal Gazette)