A few thousand English speakers in the street to denounce its reform of the Charter of the French language, the Legault government could not have asked for better.
Its project of law 96 is not yet adopted, that he can claim victory.
The English are angry. That will be enough to convince French speakers that he was right in protecting French.
Add the loud cries to the language Gestapo, the eradication of an entire community, the cultural genocide of the First Nations Nations, the radical discourse of a fringe — I mean a fringe — of Anglophones is so hysterical that it will have been enough to discredit all the criticisms of the PL96.
Enlightened debate is no longer possible .
And yet, this informed, informed debate should have taken place.
As for rewriting the Charter of the French language, shouldn't we have identified the most effective levers?
No. We prefer to cut the pear in half on the Cégep and erect a vast bureaucratic architecture, so complex that it escapes all but the experts. And to really convince Quebecers that it's tough, we add the derogation clause. That's a pleasure!
Moral of the story, bogged down in legal-bureaucratic maze, the debate takes place strictly on symbols.
The PQ would go even further by imposing Bill 101 on Cégep. A clique of English speakers balks at the very idea of having to take 3 French lessons.
Between these two opposites, the PL 96 passes for reasonable. Taking advantage of the polarization of the debate, François Legault passes for a moderate. Thus he reassures his electorate thanks to a nationalism that gives a clear conscience.
On the tactical side, the debate on the PL 96 engulfed Dominique Anglade. Favorable to French courses at Cégep, she backed down in the face of outcry.
Here she is walking at Dawson College, the ultimate symbol of anti-Legault resistance.
Reassure You, she and her caucus did not walk in red for generalized bilingualism.
No, she worked because the judicial powers granted to the Office québécois de la langue française go too far, because the demonization of the Anglophone community has gone on long enough.
The PLQ worked because the mountain of regulations promises to be a nightmare for businesses to navigate.
Finally, the PLQ opposes the PL96 for the same reasons as many Francophones, that the Barreau du Québec, than the chambers of commerce. But these nuances are lost in the current polarized debate.
Dominique Anglade walked alongside the moderates, but, unfortunately for her, also alongside the supporters of a bilingual Quebec who cry Nazism and to cultural genocide.
François Legault could not have asked for better.
Even if he had few substantial victories on the front of his Quebec nationalism, he was quite content with tactical victories.< /p>
In light of the voting intentions, it seems that Quebecers are not asking for more.