A week from today, Quebecers will decide who will form the next provincial government. That has obviously put pressure on all the political parties to pull out every weapon imaginable to gain as much support during the home stretch of their campaigns. Critics all have different opinions on the parties and how they’ve performed in the past month. One of those critics is journalist and filmmaker Joanne Marcotte.
Marcotte is known for lifting the veil off of Quebec politics and showing the public just how complex, confusing and hypocritical it can be. She was a former Journal de Montréal/Québec journalist until she was fired just before it was announced that former Québecor Media CEO, Pierre Karl Péladeau, would be running as a candidate for the Parti Québecois. Québecor is the parent company of Journal.
This past week, after Québec Liberal leader, Philippe Couillard, took what is seen as an unpopular public stance in support of bilingualism during the last television debates via TVA, Marcotte published some interesting information on her blog. She referenced a 1992 interview between Time magazine and Jacques Parizeau. That article includes a quote from the former Parti Québecois leader and Québec premier on the subject of bilingualism.
Q. How would a free Quebec deal with English and French languages?
A. Well, we have been committed since the notorious–some would say–bill of 1977 [declaring French to be Quebec’s official language] to set up a society that functions in French. Does that mean that Quebecois should not learn English? By God, I’ll boot the rear end of anyone who can’t speak English. In our day and times, a small people like us must speak English.
Somehow the world didn’t implode after Parizeau made the [...]