With Canada shaking off the last vestiges of being a peaceful nation dedicated to the peaceful negotiated settling of disputes whether they be the internal problems of another country, or two countries at odds with each other our government has decided that the people to blame for its inadequacies are certain immigrants. To this end the federal government has turned a blind eye to the out right prejudice and racist actions and laws where immigration standards and policies are being forced on the people of its provinces, by their provincial governments. The sad part is that the federal government is an active player in the hunting and illegal extradition of people in this country and has been since the Harper led Conservative government came into power just over 5 years ago.
I do not say that those who have committed crimes against humanity should not face the full extent of the law, but why would we ship someone to the United States for it? Why not the world court in the Haig? Why not to the country from which they are accused? We know from experience that the United States makes up its laws to suit itself and does not listen to its own courts when it comes to such things, as evidenced in the Omar Kadhr case. The federal government got away with shipping a Canadian male citizen to Syria to be tortured because he did not get the benefit of due process, promised never to do it again under a minority government status and now seeks to do it all the time now that they have a strong, stable Conservative government.
So Canada has become like all of the other nations and started to blame immigrants for all of their problems, be they economic, social or religious and in Quebec linguistic. At one time we were one of the wise nations who realized our own mistakes, took responsibility for them and corrected them. The latest province to enter into the using of the immigrant as a whipping boy is Quebec. They have decided to heap all of the provinces financial problems, loss of jobs and failing economy and language problems on immigrants, or more on point allowing too many of the wrong type of immigrants to enter Quebec.
Quebec would have us believe that it is not the constant attempt by a certain element in Quebec to rip the province from Canada that is hurting the economy and turning its population against the sovereignist’s aspirations of being a nation totally french speaking nation. Quebec in its justification of its plan to curtail the amount of certain types of immigrants would have us believe that it is not statements like, “If I have to destroy Quebec so that Canada no longer wants it, then that is what I am willing to do, to make Quebec a nation.”, that have made Quebec to risky a place to do business. Quebec would have us believe that it is not its ridiculous language police and other laws regarding the French language that discourages businesses from investing in Quebec. Quebec refuses to take responsibility for its self-destruction and so has decided to make a scape goat out of certain immigrants.
What is hurting the Quebec economy, is the government of Quebec repeatedly shooting itself in the foot. In a province that once was known as a great place to visit with a warm friendly population, has in the recent past been deemed one of the most racist and crime infested places in the world. Quebec has made it next to impossible for an English-speaking only tourist to find their way around on the highways, by insisting on French only signage and we know already if you ask for the time of day in English on the bus in Montreal you could find yourself ejected from the bus, or worse arrested, but the powers that be do not see this as hurting our economy, but instead look to vilify the poor immigrants that need some assistance as if they were the blame for Quebec’s hard economic times and failing culture.
Quebec in attempting to limit the amount of certain types of immigrants denies the contributions of hard-working immigrants. All immigrants did not come here rich, many of our immigrants came here poor with very little other than a desire to do good and with a little help from this province did just that. Quebec actively sought immigration as a way to force french on the new comers and increase the number families that used French as its first language. It is these people that Quebec has no further use for, because these people did not buy into the dream of a sovereign Quebec, they instead gravitated towards a unified Canada.
French larger than English on signs even where this make safety an issue, forcing business to change their names to French, taking away peoples rights to choose where their children go to school and under what language they will be taught has not exactly helped this province to attract new investment and yet Quebec chooses to blame the immigrants for its woes.
Quebec is a province that can not bear to hear, or see its history enacted in public, because the pain of losing a war to the British, “The English” just hurts them too much. When the Parti Québécois was in power they adopted a policy that all you needed to immigrate to Quebec was to come from a francophone country. Poor, rich, educated, or illiterate it did not matter as long as you spoke french as a first language. My God Quebec paid for people to have babies. A $1000 for the first child, $2000 for the second child and $3000 for the third. Who but poor uneducated people would take up such an offer? These people were left to raise their children on welfare, if they were not already on it. I would hazard a guess that these people and their offspring represented more of a hardship on the Quebec economy than the immigration flow.
The sad part of all of this is that when it came to immigration laws and immigrants being welcomed, Quebec used to be the best in Canada and the most tolerant of others. The people of Quebec used to be considered champions of the less fortunate and the defenders of all refugees. Even as it sought its independence Quebec stood fast in its beliefs that we must allow shelter to those seeking shelter from tyranny, but I am not so sure about this anymore. The old ways applied to the First nations People when stealing this country are being used again and I believe if we are not very careful, Canada will soon become the next apartheid state.
Nothing will change for Quebec until the political situation in Quebec is resolved. Quebec must realize that it is Quebec’s mistreatment of all that is not francophone that is partially responsible for Quebec’s hard economic times and this will not be changed by blaming its immigrants, or changing its immigration policy. Quebec must decide once and for all to listen to the will of the majority of Quebecers and drop the issue of sovereignty and becoming a nation. The instability that every election could see Quebec out of Canada is not conducive to getting people to invest in the province.
It is not an immigration problem that is causing Quebec to lose its French language, it is the way it is being shoved down the throats of non french speaking Quebecers. People want to be able to work and do business with more than other french speaking people and are tired of the french only issue taking priority over everything else. Most people in Quebec are scared of separation and wish that the minority of separatists would just drop it.
The immigration policy that Quebec employed to get more french only speaking people in Quebec has back fired, because those same immigrants want to make a living and live in peace with their neighbors and are not interested in fighting a never-ending political war, that is only hurting Canada and weakening Quebec in every way. A lot of immigrants come from countries that persecute people for being different and are not interested in doing it to another human being as Quebec is doing to its non french speaking population and so they choose to stand apart from those who would seek to punish those for language differences. Sometimes standing out means simply not giving in and speaking french although they can.
The pressure applied to immigrants and non francophone Quebecers will not get more people to speak french, it will get our backs against the wall and make us fight against this type of tyranny with all that we have. What I don’t understand is why the sovereignists have not grasped this by now and changed their tactics. My mom used to tell me that, “You catch a lot more flies with sugar than you do with vinegar.” Quebec Sovereignists would do well to try this approach.
- Cap immigration to boost French: former PQ minister (news.nationalpost.com)
- François Legault’s shameless pandering on immigration (macleans.ca)