On the question of French in Quebec, one thing is obvious. If it is relegated to the private or family zone and does not succeed in establishing itself as an official working language at all levels, regardless of the number of employees in a company, it is hopelessly doomed to slowly disappear. The attraction of English in the North American context, the attraction for Montreal as an international city, the natural inclination of many immigrants for English, the unconsciousness of Quebecers as to the value and respect of their language and of their cultural specificity, all added to the fact that we cheerfully encourage resistance fighters to bypass French (for English, press 9) and that for several years we have been funding the anglicization of allophones by failing to apply Bill 101 to CEGEPs, all this does not bode well.

Now, if bilingualism is laudable in itself, and if Montreal cannot escape it, how then can we avoid the creeping anglicization which too often takes the form of embarrassing Fr Anglais? Of course, French-speaking Quebecers should ideally show themselves to be less timorous about their language, such as bowing down when you address them in Shakespeare’s language, switching to English as soon as a single individual does not understand French, or adopt a hybrid approach (welcomehi) so as not to risk offending anyone at first.

To ensure that French is naturally imposed as the working language, and not to cause a commotion by imposing Bill 101, why not require a serious test of fluency in spoken and written French which would be closer to the test uniform of French as a condition for obtaining the DEC in English-speaking CEGEPs? One way to adequately prepare all citizens of Quebec to use French as a language of work.

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