Posted by DidiM on Sunday, February 14, 2010 Under: Canada's Dirty Secrets
Canada is pretty much 'recognized as a Beacon of 'Human Rights & Democracy. It's touted as the country that 'successfully' embraces multiculturalism like none other. It's known as the 'Land Of The Strong And Free'. And like most Canadians, I grew up proudly believing it, with all my heart and soul.
Did you know that that's not true anymore? Here's why: Around 30 years ago, Canada changed - big time! Canada's Charter of Rights was deliberately amended to exclude over 3 million Canadians from its Charter of Rights.
Thirty years ago ethnic cleansing was made legal in Canada! With the stroke of self serving political pens, human rights, equality and freedom and the right to earn a living, were illegally erased for the 3 MILLION English speaking Canadians living in Canada's Province of Quebec. Poof - just like that!... the English language in Quebec, was erased as an official language!! Does this sound confusing to you? Well, trust me - there's more to come.
This is Canada's Dirty Secret and it's been kept very, very quiet. It's something that's NOT discussed. You know - like something that makes person queasy when a truth they don't want told is told. Especially our politicians who've become famous for spouting how proud they are of our: 'Strong and Free' Canada and its renowned record of Peace Keeping & Human Rights. A mantra they publicize all over the globe). And the biggest Secret Keepers have been our own Canadian Media, that's worked furiously for over 3 decades - to make sure it remains a secret!
That's why I say, Thank God for the Internet.
Below is an edited version of a piece I wrote a year ago on Public Voice and the type of pieces I and countless others have been writing and trying to make public for over 25 years. Pieces that have been muzzled, belittled, denied and shunned. They've labeled us "Those Anglo Extremists" like we're something dirty to be ignored, - because God forbid, we dare speak the TRUTH and embarrass our Canadian politicians!. Think about it. Being called an Anglo Extremist - because you protest your English language being erased from your life! Think about it.
Please help end the ongoing ethnic cleansing in Quebec. Canada.
Did you know that more than 600,000 English speaking Canadians have been FORCED to FLEE their homes - because of Quebec's & Canada's racist language laws! Did you know that Canada's, Province of Quebec has had the biggest Mass Migration of a of a population in 'Modern History' and yet no one knows about it!!
Due to the enactment of mind numbing, discriminatory "Language Laws" (Imagine - a freaking language law - banning English as an official language in Canada !!!); The English language and thereby its culture, institutions, schools, hospitals, media etc... have been systematically erased for the last 30 years. It has crushed our lives and broken up millions of our families - our lives and certainly our hearts beyond measure. And it's something we are still forced to endure every single day.
This, they claim, (our politicians and the press) is being done, to 'supposedly' help save the French language and culture in Quebeck. (Note: Quebeck is the English spelling for Quebec.. but people are no longer allowed to spell it that way) It's espoused that the French language is in danger of being assimilated by the 'sea of English' that surrounds Quebeck etc.. It's a disgusting LIE. The truth is... the French language has NEVER been in danger in Quebec or in Canada! As a matter of fact, the TRUTH is quite the contrary! The French language and culture have done nothing but 'flourish' 'prosper' and thrive in Quebec and across Canada. Not to mention, that every other freaking French language area surrounded by seas of English or whatever other language - have not been in danger of assimilation have they. And not one of them have language laws or language police!! Language police in Canada - think about it.
And yet... by using this mythical - bigoted - 'excuse', the Government of Canada & Governement de Quebec have proclaimed English illegal and no longer an official language of Quebec. Mind you, the rest of Canada is expected to remain officially bilingual - even though the tiny French population in the rest of Canada certainly doesn't warrant bilingual status!! Have you heard the latest screeches of protest about the Olympics not having enough French? Oh boy, they're shouting it from the rooftops here in la belle province. The irony is: Quebec opted OUT of a bilingual Canada, when they made Quebec FRENCH ONLY! Their never ending arrogance and lies are stunning, no?
I repeat: Over 600,000 English speaking Quebecers have been 'forced' to flee the province - to date; because they've been deliberately starved out of the workforce - and the 2+ million who remain, are still discriminated against on a daily basis. The 'truth' about Canada's 'dirty little secret', of removing the rights and erasing the English language and culture - and thereby 'condoning - even promoting the 'ethnic cleansing' in Quebec, must be told and must be heard! Because if it can happen to us in Canada OUR Country - it can happen to you! Think about it.
Contrary to media and political hype that pretends Quebec is 95% French - that 3 million English Quebeckers mysteriously disappeared right after the language 'laws' were enacted, the truth is: there are over 2 MILLION English speaking Quebecers left in the Province - (with most living in the greater Montreal area). They are the ones hanging on, by the skin of their teeth - to stay in their homes, in their province and not be forced to flee and/or ' be assimilated into the French language and culture'. That by the way, does NOT mean they haven't embraced the French language. Most of us are, at the very least - bilingual - if not multilingual. That's NEVER been the problem!
What it does mean is: it doesn't matter here in Quebec - how many freaking languages you speak! If, you are an English speaking Quebecer (labeled an Anglo) and God forbid you have an English or non French family name & heritage - you are starved out of the workforce!! Imagine what that's like. Imagine knowing you'll never be hired in any Provincial or Government areas! Nor will you be hired in most corporations (they're all controlled by French Quebecers and those that are not - are visited by the Office de la Langues Francais - language police - to make sure everything is in French! Imagine being a part of society where a 'caste system' rules the roost - and you are akin to an untouchable.. Where you and your family and language and culture and presence are "tolerated". Where you are told - you should consider yourself 'lucky' that you have an English Daily paper left! Where you're told you should be grateful that you're tolerated! That you should be grateful that some Anglo's have access to government services in English at all! Think about living like that - having be a part of your daily existence. Think about your children - growing up knowing they are an 'autres'.
Did you know we have freaking 'LANGUAGE POLICE' here? Their job is to boot stomp into every business in the greater Montreal area to make sure there are no dirty English signs or business being done in English? That is if they have over 50 employees. But now, they're working to fix that law as well. Le Gouvernement de Quebec - with our Federal governments blessing, are proposing an extra language law.. so ALL businesses in the greater Montreal area are French only! The only area in the freaking Province, where the majority language AND population are English speaking (note - that's the way it's been for centuries) will be "cleansed of that dirty English'' come hell or high water!
An irony here is, what is being done to English speaking Quebeckers is, EXACTLY - what the 'Quebec separatists and nationalists' claim they are supposedly fighting against having happen to them! In other words, even though the French language & culture has NEVER been in danger of being 'assimilated' - they with OUR Federal Government's blessing have no problem 'erasing Quebeck's English language and culture' off the map! By the way, when the ethnic cleansing began, we're talking about over 3 million English Canadians living in Quebec!!! 3 million people that were the other half of the population that built the province - side by side with their fellow French Canadians!! They lived together in harmony for 4 centuries - in English or French or both!
So imagine the shock and pain of 'with the stroke of a political pen' being labeled an outcast an 'autres'. . Being English in Quebeck - living in our cities, our homes, being thrown out of our jobs - because we are English ... and being told to MOVE - GET OUT - 'Take the 401' if we don't like it! And instead of helping us and PROTECTING OUR RIGHT TO EXIST, Canada's politicians HAVE DONE and SAID NOTHING. They have instead, chosen to deny our existence - chosen to allow our English Quebeck to be ERASED - ethically CLEANSED. (For those who foam at the mouth over my using the term 'ethnic cleansing - go look up the definition - it fits. It's the truth)
Why is that? Because they, our politicians falsely believe they'll lose the, fence sitting - sometimes Federalist - sometimes Separatist vote. They've also been instructed by our Federal leaders to look the other way! They've been instructed to allow the annihilation of the English language and culture and therefore its people, in Quebeck, Canada to continue!
Instead of protecting us, our Canadian politicians - our supposed representatives - that take OUR tax dollars (you know the land of the strong and free thing) and use our hard earned money to freaking erase us! They've opted to get into bed with the very people clamoring to destroy our Country! They pal around and hob nob with Separatist politicians whose sole purpose is to vigorously promote the ethnic cleansing of - the English - les autres, the others out of the province!! They behave as thought we don't really exist!! They pretend by calling us a small minority! They refer to over 2 MILLION people as - a tiny minority that doesn't count. I repeat we've been labeled 'les autres' (The Others). Another irony - the "Others" us, the non French Quebecker happens to be and always was - the biggest tax bucket in their trough!
Listen to your heart - please.
Do your part please. Every voice counts. Do your part and demand the TRUTH! Demand the immediate RETURN of the same RIGHTS and LANGUAGE the rest of Canada enjoys. Unfortunately this BLOG is an example of the ridiculous lengths we are FORCED to go to. Then again, I thank God for the web - because we finally have access to a forum that won't muzzle the truth.
Remember, The Charter of Rights in Canada was changed. It excludes over 2 million of your fellow - Canadian citizens. Think about it. It's the truth. Ethnic cleansing is here - in our country. It's freaking legal in our Canada. How many Canadian soldiers gave their lives in World War II - so that would never happen in our Canada? It's here. It's been made legal. How do you feel about this happening in our country - in North America - the land of the 'free'?
So, please help us! Ethnic cleansing - soft - as some prefer to describe what is being forced upon us -- or HARD - is an international crime! Help us. Let the world know Canada's Secret. Tell them about this untold historic ugliness! Tell them about the 600,000 Canadians forced out of their homes - forced to split up their families - forced out of their jobs - forced to FLEE the ugly discrimination going on in Quebec.
And remember over 2 million of us - are still denied the right and freedom to earn a freaking living in English and/or French - and are denied the right to keep their/our/your English culture alive in Quebec in Canada!! Think about it. Think about it with your heart.
There is much more to tell of course, many more examples to give. But this I imagine is enough to absorb for today.
Want to find out more? Google Quebec's language laws, there's lots to see.
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