To: The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington St.
Ottawa, On K1A 0A2

 

Letter to MP Hillyer and Prime Minister Harper

 Feel free to use any parts of this letter.

 

Prime Minister Harper and Jim,

Thank you Jim for replying to my letter. I believe I have waited long enough for PM Harper to acknowledge my letter, but still have not received a reply. Below, I have pasted excerpts from my upcoming book in reply to your last letter.

Jim, you stated:

“French has no chance of creeping in and becoming the most commonly used language at the expense of English - we don’t have French creeping in onto our signs and advertisements, except in federal parks etc., so we don’t have any reason to pass laws against it.”

Jim, you are wrong! We have French language being mandated by a town and municipal government in Russell Township, Ontario. The bylaw stated that signs on businesses had to be in French and English. Imagine a bylaw to that effect in Vancouver’s Chinatown, or having to remove signs in Japanese from stores in Banff and Jasper, or the signs printed in Blackfoot in Alberta. In Russell Twp, one Anglo and one French speaker objected to having their rights trampled. These national issues are covered by the Canadian Charter on Rights and Freedoms as well as the United Nations Declaration of Rights.

In a push back, a delegation presented a motion that would prevent South Stormont from following Russell Twp. South Stormont’s Town Council unanimously voted to allow business owners to erect signs as they see fit whether it, bilingual or otherwise, citing the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

There are 4,000 jobs affected meaning 27 per cent of the City of Ottawa’s workforce will be working in jobs that are classified as French-speaking imperative. That’s right, French, not bilingual or English.

If you think there is no creeping French, then take a drive in Northern Ontario, North Bay and up along the Trans Canada highway to Longlac. In addition to road signs, there are French-only schools and Clinics. StatCan states that 4.8% of Ontarians speak French, but Saint John Baptiste Society moans that only half of those speak French at home. Over 95% of English speaking Ontarians are footing the bill for clinics where they are refused service.

     Federal government guidelines are recorded in the “The Federal Identity Program” (FIP) which regulates the form of signature and header used by various federal government institutions as well as the order in which English and French will appear on their signs. Within Canada, the order of the official languages in the signature on stationery is determined by the official language of the majority of the population of the province or territory in which the issuing federal office is located. Thus, French appears to the left in Quebec, and English to the left in the other provinces and the territories.

Mr. Hillyer, you are correct, this artificially created language problem began when a young whippersnapper endeared himself to P.M. Lester B. Pearson who started the ball rolling and young Trudeau launched his plan to alienate the west. The RoC has just begun to push back. A small group in Montreal is testing the waters with the idea of a separated Province of Montreal with freedom to welcome any business in any language.

Quebec is distinct and let us remember what Trudeau wrote in MacLean’s, September 28, 1992, “Commenting on Quebec nationalist politics in the first issue of Cite Libre 42 years ago, I (Trudeau) wrote, ’The country can’t exist without us, we think to ourselves. So watch out you don’t hurt our feelings.... We depend on our power of Blackmail in order to face the future.... We are getting to be a sleazy bunch of master Blackmailers.’

Quote: November 13th, 1982, to the Acadian Association of Nova Scotia by former Secretary of State Serge Joyal, (now a Senator) quote “Everything we undertake, and everything we are doing to make Canada a French state is part of a venture I have shared for many years with a number of people.” He went on to say, “The idea, the challenge, the ambition of making Canada a French country both inside and outside Quebec … is something a little beyond the ordinary imagination.”

     Pierre Elliot Trudeau attempted to convince the RoC that he was a great federalist champion, and that he was determined to keep Quebec in Confederation. However, he was the person who could have challenged Bill 101 and fought for the equality of Anglos. Trudeau and Trudeau alone did not use the federal government’s power to enforce the right of free speech. He did nothing to defend the English speakers’ Charter rights against the oppressive French-Quebecers.

P E Trudeau said that, “bilingualism did not mean that a lot more Canadians will have to neither be bilingual nor even most civil servants.” He said, “Indeed, this policy will make it possible for the vast majority of Canadians not to have to speak a second language.” He was again, not honest because he failed to state his vision that all Canadians would speak French.

Right now, the federal government can allow English-only or French-only service in airports, railway stations, ferry terminals, and public ports for which it is responsible, if there isn’t enough demand for both official languages. But of course meddlesome Graham Fraser, the Czar of Official Languages has been poking his nose in every major airport in Canada to make sure he receives service in French.

Maria Chaput, a Chretien appointee to the Senate introduced a Senate bill in 2010 to boost bilingual services across Canada, she said, “I believe that services offered by federal institutions do not answer to the specific need of either English-speaking community of Quebec or French-speaking communities outside Quebec.” Chaput was attempting to push a bill for more French language with no regard for the unjust No-English situation in Quebec.

During a nervous scrambling in the 2012 Quebec Provincial election, soon to be ousted Premier Charest announced he would go to Ottawa to have Bill 101 apply to all Federal institutions in Quebec, thus making them unilingual Quebecer French. 

Christopher Cameron, a Registered Nurse at Cornwall Community Hospital explains how his 12 years experience in hemodialysis was not recognized as important as was his level of speaking French. Untrained French speaking nurses were hired for the new position and then given $12,000 training each to get them up to speed. Is this hiring the best person for the job or just hiring French speakers? Chris is now President for Language Fairness for All (LFA).

The Fraser Institute calculates that Canada has spent $1.2 trillion on official bilingualism from 1969-2008. That is $38,500 per man, woman and child in Canada wasted for next to a not significant increase of bilingualism which was never needed in the first place. A continuing annual $2.5 billion is wasted on bilingualism. This insanity has pulled down our GDP and created lines of acrimonious division.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, “Quebecers are. . . well. . . better.” Fortunately he is concentrating most of his fuzzy thoughts toward Federal legislation legalizing marijuana.

Beryl Wajsman of the Montreal based newspaper The Metropolitain wrote, “It seems that between Quebec’s language lunacy, constant strikes, the highest taxes in North America and Mme. Marois’ “permanent moratoriums” on natural gas development on the South Shore, Anticosti oil and northern uranium, the only place French will have to be protected is the unemployment line. It’s the only growth industry.”

Quebecer Trudeau, Quebecer Mulroney, Quebecer Chretien who as Canadian Prime Ministers did nothing to enforce the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that proclaim all citizens to be equal (except French-Quebecers because they are supreme.) Trudeau told the Anglos he would not fight their battles for them. Chretien was questioned about the treasonous actions of the Bloc Members of Parliament sending invitations to French speaking military personal, an invitation to join the newly sovereign Quebec. He replied, “it was just a political issue, not a criminal issue.” Baloney, these are federal issues, not provincial. Since when was treasonous plot of the Bloc not covered under the Criminal Code of Canada?

Look at the Human Rights Committee ruling which was written, “A State may choose one or more official languages, but it may not exclude, outside the spheres of public life, the freedom to express oneself in a language of one’s choice. The Committee accordingly concludes that there has been a violation of article 19, paragraph 2.” or the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Quebecer Separatists are ignoring the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the United Nations Declaration of Rights and the UN committee rulings against Canada for being the worst offender of human rights. The UN states it is the responsibility of the Canadian Government to enforce these rights. Mr. Harper, where are you?

We do not need to appeal to Quebec Premiers to play by the rules; we need PM Harper to read and apply the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and have the cahones to enforce it.

On a different subject: I think it was extremely poor taste to hear our Prime Minister opening a speech in French in the United States. If PM Harper insists on using a second language in the USA, it should be Spanish. I find it distasteful too, that the government aircraft displays the government name in French before English which is an offense under FIP. True, a paltry issue compared to the monumental government waste in trying to enforce bilingualism. But, the Conservatives have far more to lose by insulting the 97% of English speakers in RoC than they will ever gain in Quebec.

 

Conservatively signed,

 

 

Wayne Hawthorne)

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