I am a Québécoise, so is my husband, my kids and my parents. It breaks my heart and makes me, physically, ill to watch what is going on in this province. Watching my fellow citizens being lied to, being extorted of their future by criminals and racists.
In my personal opinion, what the world realized in retrospect, when the De Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP) was examined, is history repeating itself in Québéc, albeit on a less violent scale, for now. This is glaringly evident for anyone wishing to take a good, honest look. Don’t believe me? Check out the latest nonsense from the Brown shirted racists at the OQLF:
Social media is the new frontier for Quebec’s language agency, which is investigating a small, retail boutique for its use of English on a Facebook page.
Eva Cooper, the owner of a small retail boutique in Chelsea, Que., has been notified by the language agency that if she doesn’t translate the shop’s Facebook page into French, she will face an injunction that will carry consequences such as a fine.
“Ultimately, to me, Facebook has nothing to do with Quebec,” said Cooper, who uses the social media site to inform customers of new products in her boutique north of Ottawa. The shop — Delilah in the Parc —has an all-bilingual staff of fewer than 10 people.
“I’m happy to mix it up, but I’m not going to do every post half in French, half in English. I think that that defeats the whole purpose of Facebook,” said Cooper, who has requested the agency send her their demands in English.
Cooper’s case represents a new frontier for the language agency, the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF). The agency says probes of social media complaints, which started only recently, are “not frequent.”
This all comes amid election talk in the province. Diane De Courcy, Quebec minister of immigration and cultural communities, said earlier this week that if her party wins the next election, they will toughen language laws for small businesses. In particular, the Parti Québécois will crack down on bilingualism, such as the “Bonjour-Hi” greeting used in many areas, including Chelsea and Montreal.
Traditionally, the language agency has targeted non-francophone businesses that have signs or promotional material in a language other than French, but there have been some instances of small businesses’ websites being targeted as well.
In 2011, a smokehouse in Chelsea was threatened with a $1,000 fine if they didn’t translate their website into French, and earlier this month, a Montreal-based website called “Provocateur Communications” was told they must comply with the French language charter by translating their page.
Still, the question of how the agency is able to dictate what goes on social media in particular is “really murky,” said Cooper.
“Would I be able to do my text in English on (Pinterest or) Twitter?”
The notice to Cooper comes almost a year to the day when the “pastagate” scandal made international headlines after a Montreal restaurant was investigated for having the word “pasta” on the menu instead of the French word “pâtes.”
The fallout led to the resignation of the language agency’s president and the launch of a “triage system” for complaints to prioritize cases that had the most impact.
“This is not consistent with what the OQLF said after they evaluated their approach last spring around complaints,” said Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the Quebec Community Groups Network, which represents 41 English organizations.
“She’s in Chelsea, (her Facebook page) has only 602 likes. There is no gravity to this. This is ridiculous,” said Martin-Laforge.
Jean-Pierre Le Blanc, spokesperson for the language agency, wouldn’t comment on Cooper’s notice but explained how Quebec’s language law applies to Facebook.
Cooper has until March 10 to respond to the notice before she is hit with the injunction that could lead to a fine.
The rest of Canada (ROC) has had enough of Québéc and its drain on the financial resources. Québéc has destroyed itself; Canada had nothing to do with the business exodus, with the continuing economic downfall. The “English” have nothing to do with this. This is all laid at the feet of the Parti Québécois and their racist agenda. Just as Germany was bankrupt, so too is Québéc – morally and financially. To wit: the disgusting Charter of “Values”. We are watching the Charbonneau Commission as it investigates the rampant culture of corruption in all our levels of government, including the Prime Minister and her husband. How, absolutely, stupid does one have to be to figure out the lifestyle enjoyed by Marois, her husband and family and the reported income simply don’t add up.
Let’s say that this idiotic social experiment of separation takes place (There will be no plea from ROC for Québéc to stay within Canada, this time around – they are sick of us.) and Quebec becomes the little Have-Not country that it desires to be. Well, for starters, a lot of Québécois would be in for a major shock when it comes down to what does and does not belong to them. Let’s start with the International Airport – Pierre Elliot – that is Federal land, not provincial. The bridges – Federal. The seaway – Federal. The Indian Land, the reserves, belongs to the Aboriginals, not Québéc. You best believe Newfoundland won’t be handing over Churchill Falls to the banana republic of Québéc.
I am old enough to remember a vibrant Québéc; Montréal as the financial and economic hub of the country. I remember the excitement and the pride in the air, back then. Then the FLQ and their trumped up bullshit. The murders and the maiming; the threats against children. The bombing of mailboxes. Business took notice as well. Plans began to move the financial resources out of Montréal, out of Québéc. Parti Québécois gets in under the charismatic and generally well-liked by all, René Lévesque. Businesses began leaving under the dark cloud of the concept of separation. Business was fully aware that a separate Québéc would be economic suicide for them. The separatistes love to say that business was the enemy of French culture but this was so far from the truth as is everything else out of the mouths. A separate Québéc would be adrift in a global economy. The culture of corruption is not a new thing in this province; how many people have heard of Duplessis? As crooked as they come; immoral, unethical, criminal and just plain nuts.
Québéc as a country would quickly die a painful, strife ridden death. The criminal element already runs the place; it would simply worsen and soon, the only people left will be those without the right to learn the language of business – English. Stuck here, under the thumb of crippling extortion, euphemistically called “taxes”. The health system would collapse without the money made available through transfer payments from the rest of Canada. Unemployment insurance would disappear as would social welfare payments (paid by the Federal government). The education system would disintegrate more than it has to date. There would be no cheap tuition, not without the money from taxes which would disappear along with the majority of tax payers. Infrastructure? Please. We can’t afford it now; we’ll be driving on gravel roads and paying premium for water. (How much does Québéc leech from the rest of Canada? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equalization_payments_in_Canada)
And for those who disbelieve? Take a look, if the numbers aren’t too confusing for you; then ask yourself – where is that money going? Equalization payments + tax levels = ??? Then? Take a look at Marois’s residence and investigate the lifestyles of her party members, their families and friends. You’ll find your answers.
All the construction would continue for a while; as long as the kickbacks were coming in but there will be no businesses to fill those buildings as they fall apart. Condos will empty and lie vacant. The only real money would be from the vices and again, the criminal organizations come out on top in Québéc.
The majority of urban and suburban dwellers know full well that it is so absolutely ridiculously easy to get along, regardless of culture. The PQ’s prey on the ignorance of those outside the urban areas. Scaring them and feeding their prejudices, just as the Nazis did to the people of Germany.
A separate Québéc, in its death throes, may have the gall to ask Canada for relief. The open Canadian door would be shut and bolted by the people of that country; disgusted and fed up with the myth of Québéc as some sort of victim. The United States would be interested, there are all kinds of natural resources to rape, to pillage and you better know that it would be done in American English. Québéc would be sold to the States; a victim of corrupt politicians and racists. A fitting end to country birthed on hatred. And you could look up the members of the Parti Quebecois elite in the Caribbean or some other sunny locale as they live off the blood, sweat and tears of a separate Québéc, one they flee like the cowards they are when their gravy train derails.