Since Tuesday, they pretend to be surprised.
Politicians, unions, commentators. They have just “learned” from an OQLF report that English is now the language of work in Montreal.
Yet we are not learning anything there that we somehow already did not know, but did everything we could not to know.
Since the last referendum, our elites have continued to play down the situation of French in Montreal.
They pretend to see that the percentage of those whose mother tongue is French is not decreasing. Or, they explain to us that this decrease does not mean anything.
Better still, by offering a reading of the statistics almost falling under interpretative fraud, they explain to us that French has never been so well.
Let’s take the big picture.
In 25 years, our definition of Quebec identity has been mutilated.
It was historically spoken of as a nation of French language and culture.
With the Quiet Revolution, Quebecers had given themselves an ideal: masters at home.
Today, Quebec allows itself to be defined in the media as a simple bilingual province that must celebrate its multiculturalism.
In 25 years, the role assigned to Bill 101 has also changed.
It was to make French the language of convergence through which Quebecers of all origins find themselves and together forge their destiny.
It is now presented as a law to ensure the right of francophones to be served in French.
This is the reasonable accommodation granted to “native” people.
As for immigrants, we ask those who go through the school system to learn French, but we accept more and more that they do not integrate the historical francophone majority, which was the objective.
The anglicization of the labor market is officially explained by globalization.
Except that we discover in the OQLF report that it is for internal communication in companies that English is required. Basically, it is not to act with the outside, with the United States or Pakistan that companies are anglicizing.
It is simply because Montreal’s linguistic dynamic is anglicizing. The common language in Montreal is English. It is also English that ensures social advancement.
Two obvious facts come to the surface.
The first: a section of the English-speaking community has never accepted Bill 101.
And the failure of independence has gradually enabled him to reconnect with the arrogance of yesteryear.
The second: massive immigration is a factor of anglicization, because it is English Canada and the American Empire which really integrate. Whoever wants massive immigration wants anglicization. From a certain threshold, largely exceeded for a long time, the efforts of francization are condemned not to give much.
Simon Jolin-Barette is in a position to act. After Bill 21, he must revive Bill 101, to prevent Quebec from becoming Kwebec.
When Quebec is defrancaising, it is dequiring.