Quebec’s War on English: Language Politics Intensify in Canadian Province

A controversial new bill proposed by the sovereigntist Parti Quebecois is stirring up tensions between English and French-speakers in Quebec.

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Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois addresses supporters in Montreal on Sept. 4, 2012. One person was killed and another seriously wounded when a gunman opened fire during her speech.

To live in Quebec is to become accustomed to daily reminders that French in the Canadian province is the most regulated language in the world. Try, as I did recently, to shop at Anthropologie online and you’ll come up empty-handed. The retail chain (which bears a French name) opened its first Montreal boutique in October, but “due to the Charter of the French Language” has had its site shut down: “We hope you’ll visit us in store!” Montreal’s transit authority maintains that under the present language law, its ticket takers must operate in French, which lately has spurred complaints from passengers. Last year, the city of Montreal erected 60 English safety signs nearby Anglophone schools in an effort to slow passing vehicles. The Quebec Board of the French Language and its squad of inspectors ordered that they be taken down; a snowy drive through town revealed that all had been replaced by French notices.

Since the Parti Québécois (PQ), which calls for national sovereignty for Quebec, won a minority government in September, the reminders have become increasingly less subtle. In February, a language inspector cited the swank supper club Buonanotte, which occupies a stretch of St. Laurent Boulevard, Montreal’s cultural and commercial artery, for using Italian words like pasta on its otherwise French menu. The ensuing scandal, which has come to be known as “pastagate,” took social media by storm. “These are problems we had in the 1980s,” says restaurant owner Massimo Lecas. “They were over and done with; we could finally concentrate on the economy and fixing potholes. And then this new government brought them all back. These issues might never go away now, and that is a scary sort of future.”

It’s true: despite the nuisances and controversies generated by Bill 101, Quebec’s 1977 Charter of the French Language, the province had settled in the past years into a kind of linguistic peace. But tensions have mounted considerably since the separatist PQ returned to the fore. In the wake of pastagate, the language board allowed that its requests were maybe overzealous; the head of the organization resigned. And yet the PQ has prepared for the passage of Bill 14, a massive and massively controversial revision to Bill 101. The bill’s 155 proposed amendments go further than any previous measures have to legislate the use of French in Quebec. Most English speakers see the changes as having been designed to run them right out of the province.

“Definitely non-Francophone kids who are graduating are leaving,” says restaurateur Lecas. “If you don’t have a mortgage yet, if you’re not married yet, if you don’t own a business yet, it’s like, ‘I’m so outta here.’ But leaving is not the solution because when you leave, they win.” In a poll conducted by the research company EKOS in January, 42% of the Anglophones surveyed said they’ve considered quitting Quebec since the PQ was elected.

If Bill 14 passes, military families living in Quebec but liable to be relocated at any time will no longer be permitted to send their children to English-language schools. Municipalities whose Anglophone inhabitants make up less than 50% of their populations will lose their bilingual status, meaning, among other things, that residents won’t be able to access government documents in English. For the first time, companies with 25 to 49 workers will be required to conduct all business in French, a process set to cost medium-size businesses $23 million. French speakers interested in attending English-language colleges will take a backseat to Anglophone applicants. The language inspectors will be able to instantly search and seize potentially transgressive records, files, books and accounts, where currently they can only “request” documents that they believe aren’t in accordance with the law. And no longer will they grant a compliance period. As soon as a person or business is suspected of an offense, “appropriate penal proceedings may be instituted.”

Jamie Rosenbluth of JR Bike Rental is among the business owners who’ve had run-ins with the ever more bold language board, which already has the authority to impose fines and, in extreme cases, shut enterprises down. A month ago, an inspector asked him to translate the Spanish novelty posters that paper his shop and increase the size of the French writing on his bilingual pricing list by 30%. Says Rosenbluth: “I told her, ‘You want me to make the French words 30% bigger? O.K., how about I charge French-speaking people 30% more?’ It is so silly. Are they 30% better than me? Are they 30% smarter than me?” Since the encounter, he has covered the offending posters with placards of his own that say, in French, “Warning: Non-French sign below. Read at your own discretion.”

The PQ is trying to reassure its separatist base of its seriousness as a defender of Quebecois identity. To pass Bill 14, it will need the support of at least one of the province’s two primary opposition parties. In other words, if the bill doesn’t succeed, Premier Pauline Marois of the PQ will be able to hold the opposition accountable and remain a hero to the hard-liners. The PQ knows that, in its present incarnation, it will never drastically expand its core of support, but it can galvanize its troops. Some of those supporters rallied together in Montreal last month to protest “institutional bilingualism” and champion the bill. Cheers and applause resounded when journalist Pierre Dubuc called out: “If someone can’t ask for a metro ticket in French, let them walk.”

Public hearings on Bill 14 began in early March at the National Assembly in Quebec City and are ongoing. “I can tell you that if someone came to Côte-St.-Luc to tell us we would lose our bilingual status, you will have chaos, you will have opposition of people you wouldn’t think of who will take to the streets,” testified Anthony Housefather, mayor of the municipality of Côte-St.-Luc, on the first day. “People are scared, people are very scared.” By the time Quebec’s largest Anglophone school board, Lester B. Pearson, came forward on March 19, it had already collected 32,000 signatures on a petition against the bill. “There are many ways of protecting French, and coercion isn’t one of them,” says Simo Kruyt, a member of the board’s central parent committee. “Fourteen of our schools have closed over the past seven years. We are getting fed up. We are getting tired of having to fight to be who we are. English is the language of commerce and we parents believe we are part of a world that’s larger than Quebec.”

It’s hard yet to say if the bill will make it through. The opposition Liberals have flat-out refused to support the legislation. The Coalition Avenir Québec, which holds the balance, has said that it might — if certain of the more controversial measures are “improved.” In fact, the Coalition has only come out against four sections of Bill 14, and these don’t include the provisions that would give the dreaded language inspectors new and extraordinary powers. In the face of such antagonism, it’s no wonder some are leaving. Kruyt’s eldest son, a bilingual 27-year-old engineer, is preparing to relocate to Ottawa, the Canadian capital that sits near Quebec’s western border. Says Kruyt: “There, they’ll appreciate his French and won’t hammer him because of his English.”

In response to this story published April 8, Quebec’s Delegate General to New York submitted a letter to the editor on April 11 that can be read here.

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DontWorryAboutIt
DontWorryAboutIt

Oh FFS. All this over a language? I am sure it's possible to keep your history and culture even if you started speaking English. However, this IS Canada. English AND French are our official languages. So how about we get over this silly nonsense and teach BOTH languages in schools as mandatory teachings across the country? Then the next generation will know both and as adults can decide which they would rather speak. That way Quebec can stop feeling threatened that they will lose their language, and the kids of tomorrow will have at least two languages to put on their resume.

Fedup1
Fedup1

Montreal and metropolitan area must be removed from the Quebec jurisdiction to form either a city state or the eleventh province of Canada

beproudandhaveasay
beproudandhaveasay

Nobody cares what the French think. It's Canada, speak English. You can't separate, it's Canadian soil which means if you want out of Canada, then leave. I don't know why we have to put up with that stupid way of thinking. The Canadian government should just tell the separatist people to get the heck out of our Country. Why do we always have to be so nice to everybody that has no interest or love for Canada. I live in Calgary and there is few restaurants now that put the required, as per recipe, bacon bits on the caesar salad. Whatever you do, don't offend the muslims. Pretty soon we won't be able to get pork in a restaurant. I am a proud Canadian who is sick of watching my Country being invaded from letting our enemies in our back door. These people think we are very stupid for letting them get away with everything and their right. Try going to their home muslim country and telling them to change their schools and traditions to suit your needs and wants. All I can say is that if it is a foreign or domestic threat, let's start manning up and save our Country for our future generations. We need people in government that want to protect our Country's people and traditions instead of not offending anybody because they want to get re-elected to get more easy money and a good pension. Come on fellow Canadians, take a stand.

WorldBystander
WorldBystander

P.S. Nevertheless I deeply sympathise with a nation's desire to strengthen the use of its language and protect it from being assimilated in another more dominant language that surrounds it, like French in mostly English-speaking North America.

WorldBystander
WorldBystander

"French in the Canadian province is the most regulated language in the world" Close, but not true. LATVIAN in Latvia would arguably win this nomination. In that country 40 % of the population have Russian as their native/most commonly used language, yet it's considered to be a foreign language like, e.g., Chinese or Swahili. There's a very tough language regulation in place, and the State Language Centre terrorises the Russian-speaking populace or companies with huge fines. The pinnacle of these policies has been the language centre forbidding the govt to distribute cancer prevention info leaflets in Russian.

AKEBTW
AKEBTW

I love Quebec, it does everything in its power to destroy business, welcome non-skilled refugees from French speaking colonies who become a burden to welfare system and bureaucratic corrupt government that fixes nothing in their cities but keep asking for higher taxes every year. One thing they do their upmost is to maintain language demagoguery. I guarantee you in 10 years Quebec will be an economic wasteland to which tax payers fuel language laws and nothing else. Quebec is the Florida of USA, the Belgium of Europe. Hated by everyone for their retarded laws that help no one in the process.


Quebec has no culture like most of Canada, culture was destroyed with wiping out american Indians. What we have left are opportunist Europeans who settled in these lands to MAKE MONEY. Priority in every city should be incentives to bring jobs and employment and efficient infrastructure. If your city isn't doing neither it means they failed the american system.


This whole French nonsense has nothing to do with French identity and all has to do with a few old grumpy French people outside of Montreal who DON'T WANT TO LEARN ENGLISH.


If the youth are leaving this city it's because Quebec doing everything possible to make the process of getting a job futile, This in turn makes matters worse because if universities are subsidised, that subsidy has to be paid with future taxes and if the students after graduating are leaving, it means those taxes need to be increased.


If not for the immigrants who migrated to Quebec in 70s-80s, French Quebecois would be nothing but bunch of pig farmers.


benej
benej

The other thing that i found working in international business is that monolingual anglophones are losing preference to those that are bilingual or trilingual. The five most important languages to learn are arabic, english, french, mandarin and spanish and I hardly come across a north american westerner in my travels. Fortunately I minored in arabic in addition to knowing french and english. 



benej
benej

I graduated from english secondary school in 2004 and very few of my friends that I graduated with are still here because they had difficulties finding employment because the majority of the positions require strong proficiency in both languages. Some are able to fully grasp french better than others.


It's for that reason I send my kids to french school while we speak english at home. I don't want to be another statistic that relocates to Ontario. 

marquse1
marquse1

You hit off your sob story with the fact that a commercial website had to undergo proper translation before operating?

What is the problem with enforcing the majority language when it comes to road signs?

The Office retracted the "pasta" sanctions - get over it and find a real problem to report.

Bill 101 has been in effect for +30 years - get used to it. Geez. Didn't think our laws were simply supposed to be cosmetic additions to the ROC's.

"Hammered because he's English" It sounds SO hard to be English in Quebec. Must be a little like being French in the ROC: rather misunderstood.


kevin99
kevin99

Anglos are 8% of Québec.

They get 30% of universities financing and 50% of hospitals money.
And  much, MUCH more.
That public financing to anglos institutions comes from the FRENCH majority.
Yet, they whine about the "franco nazis".
Is there a shrink in the room?

Cutie003
Cutie003

Any money placed into Montreal is because people are betting that it will separate from Quebec when the next referendum happens.  You will lose much territory when we partition this place and Montreal is just one area that will vote to remain with Canada.  People in Montreal already have a huge movement going to separate from Quebec right now along with the Outaouais, the Pontiac and others that are sick to death of you people dragging the economy into the toilet with your crazy language laws and communist way of life.  Bunch of bums - three degrees from Kindergarten I'll bet because there is no common sense in anything you say and no reputable university would teach the nonsense you spout.  

Cutie003
Cutie003

I sincerely hope that anyone reading separatist "kevin99" comments don't take this kid seriously.  These people are so brainwashed by their crazy politicians that they have no idea what in the world is going on around them.  What we are really in need of here in Quebec is some well trained de-programmers to break up the cult that they have become - lol.   What a pile of crap he publishes.  Must be mice running around in that head of his.  Please don't be silly enough to ever, ever place any money in the future of this province.  You'll lose your shirt.

kevin99
kevin99

Btw: when Québec is independent, the citizens who wish to remain Canadian will have that, as well as Québec citizenship.

kevin99
kevin99

On this July 1st, see on Facebook interesting new popular initiatives:
"1er juillet, Jour de la République du Québec"
Or
"The Republic of Québec"
Or
"Americans for Québec sovereignty"

Happy 1st!

kevin99
kevin99

What the PQ ("separatist") government of Mrs Marois has accomplished in 9 months since Sept 2012 election:
(Only the highlights)

- Closing of Gentilly-2 nuclear plant

- Abandonment of asbestos

- The Marois government succeeded in attracting the British giant FRAMESTORE to Montreal. The company is expecting to create 200 jobs from here the end of the year in Montreal for thus becoming the most important special effects company in Quebec.

- Also, the giant ERICSSON announced private investments of 1,2 BILLIONS$ in the region of Montreal, creating hundreds of new jobs.

- Since the arrival of the PQ, 49.000 jobs created. More than 4 million Quebecers at work!

- End of the PPP (private public partnserhip) in the health system (five CHSLD in PPP, construction of the CHUM and the CUSM): that won't happen any more.

- Many laws against corruption

- Elections at fixed date

- As promised, abolition of the liberals' Bill 78 and rise in the school fees. Threshold of parental contribution passed from $28,000 to $45,000

- Project of electrification of transport

- End of the programs of small hydroelectric stations because of the surplus of electricity (except Val-Jalbert)

- Deposit of new Law 101 for protection and promotion of French (official national language)

- Prosecutors elected to find evidence to continue the companies and to recover the money stolen to the State (Ceic)

- Creation of the Bank of economic development of Quebec.

- Total Moratorium on schist (shale) gas in the Valley of the St-Laurent while waiting for the report/ratio of the BAPE

- Rise of the tax rate of the incomes exceeding 100.000 $

- Battle for Registry of the firearms

- Rise of the minimum wage

- As promised, the child day-care remain at $7 and numer of places is increased

- Pre-kindergarten at 4 years in zones of poverty in order to fight against drop-out

- 1M$ investment to AccèsLogis Quebec program for lower costs residences for the people in need, area of Sherbrooke. Moreover, as promised, 3,000 accessible residences will be added during the years (envisaged in the budget)

- the second phase of the Register of cancer is in hand

- New plan to fight more effectively against cancer

- Addition of 146 beds of short duration care at the Pierre-Le-Gardeur Hospital, Lanaudière

- Addition of 8M$ in order to decrease by 22,5% interregional iniquity in the financing of health and the social services

- Area of Laurentides will profit annually from a supplementary budget of 1.244.500 $ to improve services to young adults having problems such as autism, intellectual deficiency or physical deficiency. And 2.693.839 $ aiming of the more general objectives such as improving the services of evaluation and intervention

- As promised, introduction of a refundable tax credit for the activities of the young people - Increase until 2019 of countervailing charge of the financial institutions

- Forum on mines redevances. Reforming the law on the mines, in progress

- Deposit of a bill to create an independent committee which will have as a mandate to inquire into the incidents implying of the police officers in Quebec

- Vote in the establishment school and the professional training centres

- Responsible finance management - Balance in the budget. (Refunding the debt - which has almost tripled during the 9 years of Liberal government) costs nearly 10 billion in interests)

- Bill 22 - More compensation for the victims of criminal acts

- Contribution of more than 770.000$ for the renewal of several water pipelines to Baie-Saint-Paul

- Advertisement of the construction of a new hospital in Baie-St-Paul

- 8 M$ dedicated to the recovery of the matters which can be recycled in the municipal public surfaces. Program financed with equal shares by the MDDEFP and voluntary contributions of Éco Entreprises Quebec

- Bill which will widen the mandate of the auditor general.

- Motion adopted unanimously for accessing to the federal Files concerning the canadian Constitution scandal (1982)

- Investment of 61 millions for construction of 226 residences at moderate price in Nunavik (Natives)

- Construction of five new schools in Montérégie (Re: demographic boom)

- Construction of two new schools on the territory of Sherbrooke

- Mother's milk Bank for premature

- Food sovereignty, protection or arable lands

- New Unit of the palliative care, Portneuf (inaugurated April 26)

- Echography in private clinic from now on will be covered by the public health system

- Granting of one financial aid to the Foundation of the visit (ethnoculturelles marital violence immigrant and minorities) - New food requirements of the government in the hospitals and the lodging houses.

- As promised, recurring investment of 15 million for the palliative care including 11 million for home care

- Cancellation of the rise of 1 hundred/kWh of the tariff of the patrimonial block of electricity of the PLQ and replacement by indexing at the cost of living

- 121,7 millions to in the Center woman-youth-family at the CHUS

- Better access to justice: small actions limit raised from $7,000 to $15,000

- Quinquennial Action plan for the development of the fishing industry and the commercial aquiculture: investment of 12,5 million $ per year for the two next years

- Abolition of the 15 years rule for medications. Consequence: less expensive medications.

- Contract of the private clinic Rockland MANDELEVIUM not renewed. Therefore, end of expensive subcontracting by Hospital Sacré-Coeur.

- End of the “incidental expenses” disproportionate and not justified in private clinics ("300 $ drops", etc).

- 110 M $ of more for services to the elderly as promised (Marceau budget).

- Adoption of a regulation for the certification of the elderly residences.

- End of the 24h notice for the inspections in CHSLD.

- Many actions as regards to Natives businesses

- Concrete success of the PM to the Council of the federation: succeeded in convincing its counterparts to reject the new federal programme of formation of labour, the Canadian Subsidy for employment

- The Center of excellence of the free software was created

- Measures taken to facilitate schooling in Quebec of the migrant children whose parents are with precarious status

j-avery
j-avery

@AKEBTW I agree with everything you said except for "Quebec has no culture like most of Canada". Let me guess, you've never been to Quebec, right? Quebec has more culture than all Canadian provinces put together. Quebec has personality unlike the dull, boring and bland Canadians. English speaking Canada is simply a more boring version of the United States. Canada has no culture.

MarcLévesque
MarcLévesque

Simply because Quebec has the civil code and Canada the common law does not make Quebec a thrid world state. It is the second highest GDP earning province in Canada. The cost of living - despite taxes- is much lower than Ontario and BC. The only provinces with positive immigration within Canada are BC and Alberta - all others are losing people for the past decade (google it). Most of your arguments are drivel the english media serve their population to bash Qc.

bikeguy1998
bikeguy1998

@marquse1 "What is the problem with enforcing the majority language when it comes to road signs?".  If this is fine for you, how about enforcing English in Quebec, given that English is the majority language in Canada? 

sena
sena

@kevin99 


quebec has received a quarter of a trillion dollars since 1958, in transfer payment and granys from ENGLISH CANADA> . They carry carry CANADIAN passporss. may be they should understand they are in a nation CANADA where the MAJORITY  , ( 28 million) are English.

Matchbox10
Matchbox10

@kevin99 how much do you think it costs Canadian consumers to have French printed on EVERY SINGLE THING THEY BUY? Ink isn't free as aren't translators, do you think the company selling just bears the cost? No they hike the prices up maybe a few cents, but that translates into a lot of money over a lifetime of paying a few extra cents for everything bought. So stfu

Cutie003
Cutie003

@kevin99 Yeah because we pay the most taxes you idiot.  And we have more people that donate to our hospitals and universities than you do.  But you think it 's OK to steal all our properties and bitch about everything when your a bunch of bums.  Get out of Canada!

RobertPeterson1
RobertPeterson1

@kevin99 BC has no such "unilingualism" law.  Freedom of expression is respected.  For example, businesses are at liberty to function in the language of their choice, and many do (such as many of the Chinese businesses in Richmond, BC with Chinese-only signage, etc.)  Quebec has never been a unilingual province.  English speakers have lived there for centuries.   The repressive language laws (Bill 101) simply whitewash history.

Cutie003
Cutie003

@kevin99 Stuff "your language" - that's all we've heard about the past 40 years.  Enough of you.  You appreciate nothing and want everything.  Get out of Canada!

Cutie003
Cutie003

Yep they want the documents in both official languages as it should be in EVERY province in Canada INCLUDING QUEBEC - you can't have it both ways although you think you can you little smart ass.  Partition this province and get to hell out of my country!

kevin99
kevin99

@Cutie003 
Go tell that to the giant Ericsson who just "placed" 1,2 billions$ in Montreal.
Don't be such a loser.
Btw, the "kid" has 3 major university degrees and has traveled the world (without having to use much english I might add).

Cutie003
Cutie003

@kevin99 lol - boy you guys just think you can do and promise anything - you're such a joke!

mwilson78
mwilson78

@kevin99 Man you must be deluded to think that 40% or 23.5% of Canada's population will dictate how you plan to separate.

mwilson78
mwilson78

@kevin99

Not sure what your point is, I could list hundreds of accomplishments from other governments as well. But how about this:

- Where do you think the budget for Quebec's 7.00/day daycare comes from?

       - Thanks Alberta for that, which is ironic considering that Quebecers are vehemently opposed to the oil sands

       - Typical biting the hand that feeds you.

The programs you just cited above [indicated below], also happen to drain the government coffers

  • Cancel the proposed tuition increases
  • Cancel the 200$ health tax
  • Shut down Gentilly 2 Nuclear Plant
  • - They want to introduce new taxes on people making over 130k a year to a marginal 55%, sounds prosperous

    - The only jurisdiction in the Western world where you're considered wealthy if you make more than 50k, huh?

    - Bill 14, will drive more people and capital out of the Quebec and they will replace them with lower-skilled, francophone Africans [nothing against Africans but it ain't gonna do much for Quebec's economy

    - I guess you don't know how good you have it by being in Canada [which is continually ranked as one of the greatest most prosperous countries in the world], but I guess you're going to find out.

    Cutie003
    Cutie003

    @kevin99 copied right out of the PQ separatist handbook no doubt - trouble is there is not one BAD thing reported!  What a heaven we live in! - lol - by the way, the debt clock is still clicking! 367B or so - not much to worry about there I guess.  

    TonyFriesen
    TonyFriesen

    @bikeguy1998 @marquse1 In France, where they actually speak French, not some back woods hillbilly dialect, the stop signs say "STOP".  Nothing confusing there.


    MarcLévesque
    MarcLévesque

    It's called democracy bikeguy: majority in the province gets to make the language laws. Such political systems are found throughout the free world...

    MarcLévesque
    MarcLévesque

    The average canadian cannot comprendhend transfer payments. Sena is one of them.

    MarcLévesque
    MarcLévesque

    If the box would be any other color or black for letters: same cost for ink. The only cost is translation and you can get that on Fiverr.

    marquse1
    marquse1

    @Cutie003 No Kevin, the English are the minority in the province. So they give less money in to their private English schools and hospitals.

    Cutie003
    Cutie003

    @kevin99 @Cutie003 All in the arts no doubt - want to stay home, be supported and smoke pot all day.  Bunch of bums.

    KharkhalashMusseveni
    KharkhalashMusseveni

    @Cutie003 @kevin99 

    Are you really so poorly educated and blissfully clueless in your hate that you think anyone would have their Canadian citizenship revoked, or that a sovereign Quebec even has that kind of power?

    In such a situation only Ottawa has the right to revoke Canadian citizenship.

    KharkhalashMusseveni
    KharkhalashMusseveni

    @mwilson78 @kevin99 

    You must be deluded to think that it's the rest of Canada's decision to make. As per the confederation act of 1867, every singee is guaranteed the right to withdraw from the union, staying or leaving is Quebec's choice and Quebec's choice alone.

    The irony is of course, that 23-30% of the Canadian population is sufficient to determine who runs Canada and how, but we're the bad guys for demanding no less than 50%+1.

    KharkhalashMusseveni
    KharkhalashMusseveni

     @Cutie003 

    Quebec's Public debt is closer to $250 billion, one third of it accrued under federalist rule after inheriting the PQ's budgetary surplus. The reality is that a free Quebec would keep the $60 billion it sends to Ottawa every year in the form of federal taxes and as such have the ability to pay off the debt within a decade and a half.


    Kevin's list is right out of something we like to call reality. All of that has actually happened, and the promises that were not kept can be attributed to an uncooperative opposition.  the bad things, of course, are a matter of perception. I find it comical that you bandy around the debt when the PQ is in power, but seem to absolve the party that actually caused it.

    kevin99
    kevin99

    @Cutie003 @kevin99 
    Our neighbors USA are 25 times more indebted per capita than Quebec.
    Everything is relative.
    And I really doubt your figures...

    marquse1
    marquse1

    @Cutie003

    Thanks cuttie for this demonstration of English multiculturalism at work.

    Cutie003
    Cutie003

    @KharkhalashMusseveni What the hell are you talking about?  You think that Ottawa would not revoke the citizenship of Quebec residents following a decision to leave Canada?  Of course they would have their citizenship revoked immediately - it is Ottawa's decision - every idiot in the country knows that but Kevin99 thinking that we will automatically have citizenship to both Quebec and Canada.

    Cutie003
    Cutie003

    @KharkhalashMusseveni Stuff it - 28% to 35% of the population of Quebec is not going to be enough to stop partition on this place and you'd better know that.  You can live by yourselves if you like but the areas that wish to remain Canadian will do so.  Take 35% of the land mass excluding all along the St. Lawrence from East to West and be gone - we who reside along the borders of Ontario and the US have no intention of going over the cliff with you and your idiot idealists.

    Cutie003
    Cutie003

    @KharkhalashMusseveni @Cutie003 yep all bad is done by the liberals while your PQ that have been in power more than once during the last 40 years have never been responsible for anything that is wrong with this bankrupt place.  What a laugh - drive out business left, right and centre and make all the immigrants that come here miserable enough that they leave after a year.  What a place.  Don't anyone move here if you believe in rights and freedoms because Quebec does not believe in them.  They put laws in place to eliminate anything English and call the laws "protection" law but they are just discriminating against any one not pur laine francophone.  Racist, bigots and most of all headed down the road to communism in North America.  One party is even guaranteeing that you will receive 1,200. a month and you don't even have to work!  Wow - wouldn't we all like that except the money comes from people that do want to work and pay their way in this world.  This place is a dump - stay away!