BILL 14: Is there "too much bilingualism in the civil service?"
This is where we live ...
Hearings on Bill 14, the new language law, opened in Quebec City Tuesday, and the intolerance began on Day 1.
Lucie Martineau, president of the SFPQ ( Syndicat de la fonction publique du Quebec) said "there is too much bilingualism in the civil service." That's right, too MUCH bilingualism, or as she described it "galloping bilingualism." Can you imagine the terror and anxiety this must cause civil servants on a daily basis ?
Then, when Liberal MNA Geoff Kelley, whose riding encompasses Baie D'urfe, Beaconsfield, Pointe Claire, St. Anne de Bellevue, and Senneville, brought up the fact he regularly receives complaints from Anglos in his riding who can't get service in English from a government body or ministry, Ms. Martineau actually said she was "floored" by that revelation, and then added - get ready - ... "I don't believe it. I have never received a single complaint of that nature." But wait, there's more ! She then challenged Kelley to produce names and then send them to her.
So in an attempt to introduce Ms. Martineau to the real world, I'd like you, or anyone you know who has ever been unable to get service in English from any Quebec government body, to let her know. Maybe that way, she won't think we're all liars who do nothing more than try to stir up trouble.
And feel free to post those complaints here too.
Address your experience/complaint to
Madame Lucie Martineau -
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org