Last year, the city of Montreal erected 60 English safety signs nearby Anglophone schools in an effort to slow passing vehicles. The Quebec Board of the French Language and its squad of inspectors ordered that they be taken down; a snowy drive through town revealed that all had been replaced by French notices. In February, a language inspector cited the swank supper club Buonanotte, which occupies a stretch of St.
However, with a new separatist-minded Parti Quebecois government in power and its attempted introduction of Bill 14, conversation has sparked up again, begging the question: What is the status of the French-English conflict in Quebec today in ?
Now, knowing this, we can see that it is no surprise that a province dominated by French speakers would naturally run into problems in a country where the majority of the population speaks English.
As a result, they feel that their only option is to separate from Canada and become their own country. A list of amendments to the Charter of the French language, which already ensures that French is the only official language of Quebec, Bill 14 makes attempts at creating an even more dominant French culture in the province.
In light of these proposed amendments, the article explains how recently, English businesses have been under fire by new French language inspectors who are hassling them for using English words on menus and signs.
Additionally, 60 English safety signs put up in Anglophone school districts were torn down by the government and 14 English schools have been closed down over the past 7 years in a single school board.
Naturally, the Anglophones of Quebec are feeling violated. As the article outlines, they are essentially being run out of the province, with many young citizens packing up and leaving. While Bill 14 might be dead, we must still examine these events of and determine what exactly this all means for Quebec today.
While separatist politics may not have garnered as much attention in the past decade as in the 90s, the events of have certainly reminded everyone that there continues to be a serious linguistic and cultural problem in the province of Quebec.
The French are resenting the English for not respecting their culture, while at the same time the English are feeling as though they are being run out of town.
While it is perhaps illogical from an economical or geographical standpoint for Quebec to ever separate, the fact of the matter is that there continue to be residents who feel, ideologically and culturally, that a separation is necessary. Personally, as a Canadian, I hope that a separation never occurs and that the French-English conflict in Quebec is resolved.
I believe that French residents of Quebec have the right to live in a French society, but I also believe the English residents of Quebec including the majority of my family have every right to live their Anglophone lives in a place that they call home.
I believe that Quebec is an integral part of Canada and that the country would suffer greatly without it. But I also believe in equality, and feeling unwelcome in your own home is not right. I can only hope that this situation one day gets resolved and that Canada can move forward together as one.
I guess only time will tell.Apr 08, · Quebec’s War on English: Language Politics Intensify in Canadian Province. A controversial new bill proposed by the sovereigntist Parti Quebecois is stirring up tensions between English and French-speakers in Quebec. Champlain founded Quebec and New France in The French eventually extended their influence and trade alliances from the east coast of Canada, along the St.
Lawrence River, into the Great Lakes, and down the Mississippi River. Quebec: Quebec, eastern province of Canada. Constituting nearly one-sixth of Canada’s total land area, Quebec is the largest of Canada’s 10 provinces in area and is second only to Ontario in population.
Its capital, Quebec city, is the oldest city in Canada. Its major metropolis, Montreal, is .
This conflict presents itself at a regional scale by French having to be the only main language on signs in the region of Quebec. (Compromise obtained in ) This conflict presents itself at a local scale because as of , French parents can only enroll their children in French Schools.
This conflict has spread mainly throughout Quebec, where most of the separatists live, and parts of English Canada that are neighbors to Quebec.
This conflict in Canada is mostly regional because it is centered around a feud between English Canada and French speaking Quebec. Language conflict in Québec By Mathieu Noël, under the supervision of Dominique Marquis, Laboratoire d'histoire et de patrimoine de Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal Québec is the only Canadian province in .