Monday, January 21, 2008

Always with the stick

The Parti Quebecois has issued a press release advocating the public daycare system(know as CPEs) be used as a method of francization. The desire to legislate, punish and control seems intrinsic to the PQ's dna.

This policy seems unnecessary given that the vast majority of CPEs use french as their language of care and instruction. indeed, most parents are glad to get any daycare spaces they can. And the majority of parents of whose first language is not french recognise that the daycare provides a painless way for their children to learn french. Expanding the Centre de Petit enfance system would probably guarantee all children in Quebec would speak french by age 5. Thus the French language would be strongly supported with out much further effort. This would result in eliminating much of the drive to sovereignty.

The PQ seems more interested in refighting the only battle they ever won. It's unfortunate that rest of the population has moved on to the 21st century and multilingualism. The majority of my friends speak at least two if not three languages, and make sure their children are as fluent in french as in English. But having only the issue of intercultural threats as a viable policy direction, the PQ has embraced a pallid ethno-nationalism as their raison d'etre.

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-E.M. Forster