Humanity & language


I hope that Bonnie James’ editorial “Does the SQ value language over life?” (Feb. 14) was forwarded to Pontiac MP Sophie Chatel and MNA André Fortin.

Additionally, the January 31 letter “Federal government fails to protect QC anglophones” also describes the problems the Quebec government has created for English-speaking Quebecers. It cites the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” and “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind…Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs…”

As James said, Quebecois culture and language are absolutely worth defending and preserving, but I question at what cost? “…there is a time, and a place, and a way to achieve this goal – with common sense and humanity.” which definitely were not in practice on January 21 when a 14-year-old boy was reported missing.

L. Blazek,

Editor’s note: The Journal is delivered to Sophie Chatel and André Fortin’s offices. We do hope they read it.