August 18, 2015

The NDP is playing the language card with Supreme Court appointments but that's not all

Brian LilleyArchive

I'm sort of on vacation but am still thinking about the election and waiting for the Media Party to move beyond Duffy and get on to serious policy discussions.

How about discussing the bilingualism policies of each party? We already know that both the NDP and Liberals are on the record supporting policy that would require all Supreme Court Justice appointments across Canada be fully bilingual.

But beyond this, in the NDP's 2015 Policy book, they're pretty much promising to recognize Quebec as a distinct society if they form government and I think the Canadian public would like the media to ask the party leaders some questions about all of these policies before the election in October but we'll be lucky if we get a story about Stephen Harper's Instagram.


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commented 2015-08-20 01:01:10 -0400
In actual practice this will mean that all bilingual judges will have to be french and be from Quebec. When my father was a public service supervisor he was told not the hire a Quebec anglophone for in a “bilingual” job competition. The problem with this is that the Quebec french have a different culture than the rest of us. They believe that they have “rights” because they were “here first” and that all other people do not have “rights”. In the Rest of Canada, the courts and police are supposed to be neutral and the case is supposed to be decided on its merits. In Quebec, the courts and police are seen as their courts and police, and their job is to protect people who are french from those who are not french. The acquital of former Prime Minister of charges of corruption during his term of office by a judge whom he appointed is a good example. They also believe that they have been exploited by everyone who is English for the last 300 years even though no one who is English has ever lived for 300 years. There is also a considerable resentment and even hatred of the English (meaning everyone who is not french) just below the surface. Tn their world democracy is only respected if there is french majority. Otherwise it is minority rights just as long as the minority is french. Just look at all the rights that the English minority in Quebec do not have. If Trudoo and Mulchcair get their way we will all be living like them,
commented 2015-08-19 15:35:01 -0400
Filling quotas? What happened to the best candidate for the job? More pandering to Quebec! Why? Quebec doesn’t care about anything other than how much cash they can blackmail from the Rest of Canada!
commented 2015-08-19 14:07:58 -0400
If Mulcair becomes PM, none of this will matter. We will all be speaking, Islam Speak. Well, maybe with a French accent.
commented 2015-08-19 13:44:29 -0400
With regards to the NDP proposal (supported by the Liberals) to require all Supreme Court justices to be so fluently billingual that they don’t need any translators or interpreters, we have an old saying in IT (Information Technology): “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” If Brian Lilley is right and the current system works as well as he says it does, there is no need to “fix” it and it may well be harmful to try.

By the way, I believe Brian is wrong in his terminology. As I understand it, the people that stand near a speaker and then immediately repeat his words in another language are called “interpreters”; the people who look at a pre-written text and then write it out in another language are called “translators”. Therefore, when you watch the parliamentary channel and see an anglophone ask a question during Question Period, an interpreter is rendering his remarks in French for the francophone audience. When you read a book originally written in a different language which has been rendered into English, the person who did that is a translator.

The big difference between the two is that interpreters do their thing “live”, often with an audience, while translators can take hours, days, months or years to prepare their different-language version of the original text.
commented 2015-08-19 12:19:07 -0400
I wonder just how all the nations represented at the United Nations function with the multitude of languages represented.
commented 2015-08-19 10:43:51 -0400
Don’t forget the Truth and Reconciliation report demands making all 60 indigenous languages in Canada official. And JT did commit to implementing all of the 90+ demands sight unseen before he even had the report in his hands.
commented 2015-08-19 06:14:39 -0400
If Harper isn’t elected, you can all kiss your transfer payments goodbye. You’ll be in the dark
commented 2015-08-19 05:29:27 -0400
Justice Brown is actually multilingual, and he even knows how to speak Scots Gaelic.
commented 2015-08-18 23:02:03 -0400
the use of french in canada is only for the 12%francophones-100%seniorpublicservants must speek quebec french before has enormous pull with government byuse of french in public service.western youth cannot work
in indeterminate job in public service..french also makes canada internationally look silly since there is no factual ‘frenchilingual’ except in Quebec..also 10billion dollars per year of unilingualcanadians tax dollars are spent to
continue this political mistruths. canada has many languages with english being the only one constant language throughout all provinces. bilingulism is a fake policy.mutli world languages complement english in canada.
why exactly do a PM, a supreme court judge, a senior federal public servant, etc etc have to speak french??? the only language that is spoken by all canadians is straight clear unadulterated english.
commented 2015-08-18 22:53:24 -0400
We have to make sure that neither Mulcair is PM nor Trudeau.

Mulcair has the maturity and intelligence to be PM, but his personal beliefs and those of the NDP party are disastrous.

The Liberal party traditionally was not as left leaning as it is right now and more pro-business, less anti-oil as the NDP, but Justin is a major airhead goofus and would make a disastrous PM.

The Liberals seem to be trying to out left lean the NDP.

Harper is the only possible solution.
commented 2015-08-18 22:45:51 -0400
The NDP just get more bizarre by the day. We need to make sure this joke is never PM of Canada.
commented 2015-08-18 22:43:07 -0400
No NDP or Liberals or we are doomed!
commented 2015-08-18 22:11:00 -0400
Much like the 40 years to ethnically cleanse kwebek, the enn-dee-pee will start the process to ethnically cleanse Canada.

The good news is that the US is watching closely. It’s all up to Canadian voters – you vote for a nazi pig like no-cair and you get what you deserve.
commented 2015-08-18 21:09:23 -0400
Extra, Extra, read al about it !
Thomas Mulcare Leader of the Federal NDP Party wants to fire all the French Translators and Interpreters at the Supreme Court.
commented 2015-08-18 20:43:29 -0400
Shared with many others Brian. A resounding NO from N.B.