Don Macpherson’s column in today’s Gazette strikes a chord with many English-speaking Quebecers. It is infuriating that any decision within Quebec politics invariably comes down to a question of language. Your mother tongue is not the single most important criteria in characterizing an individual. What about skill, competency, honesty, integrity, loyalty, good judgement and a friendly smile?

Macpherson gives the example of our MNA, David Birnbaum, being passed over for a cabinet appointment by Premier Philippe Couillard, presumably because of his linguistic heritage.

When will Quebecers finally say enough is enough? Must language be our primordial defining quality? Shouldn’t it suffice that one can communicate effectively with one’s fellow citizens?

Anyone who has heard him speak would agree that David Birnbaum is indeed such a communicator. Eloquent, effective and persuasive.

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

I hope that my premier will judge his team members, and all Quebecers, by the content of their character as well.

Read more: Don Macpherson: The invisible barriers facing non-francophones in Quebec politics | Montreal Gazette.