Why should Quebec be the champion of bilingualism?

Why are we always asking for more in Quebec than in the other provinces?

Why must we always be more blameless than other Canadians?

Why are the criteria raised when the time comes to judge how Quebec treats its minorities?

Why, when it comes to bilingualism, do Quebecers put so much pressure on themselves to be the best? While in the other provinces, we are content to obtain the pass mark… and even less?


Take the issue of bilingualism among judges, about which the Minister of Justice, Simon Jolin-Barrette, and Chief Justice Lucie Rondeau have been tearing each other apart for a year in the public arena.

For Ms. Rondeau, it is essential that all judges in Quebec not only have a sufficient knowledge of English, but also MASTER the language of Mordecai Richler.

For her, it is a sine qua non of employment.

Do you think it’s like that in the other provinces?

To ask the question, is to answer it.

Quebec is the only province in Canada where the right of citizens to obtain justice in either official language is respected.

Elsewhere, who cares.

Ask Franco-Albertans or Franco-Ontarians if it is easy for them to undergo a trial in French.

Outside Quebec, you are more likely to find a member of Maxime Bernier’s party who has received his three doses of the vaccine than to come across a bilingual judge.

But here, in Quebec, you have to be the best in Canada! Gold medalists for institutional bilingualism, otherwise we’ll be singled out and sent to the corner…

Why ?

If the other provinces are content with a score of 45%, why should we always have 95%?

Quebec is the province that respects its linguistic minority the most, but we are probably the province that is most criticized, and most often called fascist, racist, etc.

At some point, enough is enough!


When the Minister of Justice, Simon Jolin-Barrette, last year posted a position as judge for the district of Longueuil without the requirement of a mastery of English, as required by the Court of Quebec, the Judge Rondeau stuck to the ceiling.

For her, it was appalling.

The Minister exceeded the limits of his power.

The Superior Court has just agreed with the Chief Justice. According to the Court, Mr. Jolin-Barrette was wrong in trying to prevent Judge Rondeau from imposing bilingualism as a condition of employment for certain judicial positions.

In short, the Court recalled that a politician is not a judge.

But the question arises on the contrary: is a judge a politician?

If there is one issue that is eminently political in Quebec, it is the defense of French!

And Madam Justice Rondeau (who is also at loggerheads with the minister on the issue of specialized courts for domestic and sexual violence) knows this very well.

If she wants to do politics, put her picture on a sign and get elected!


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