I submitted this to the Montreal Gazette today.
I have never, not once in my life felt ostracized living here–outside of being an Anglophone in Quebec. I’m very happy for people who appreciate the French language in any way, shape, or form. My brother-in-law is a Francophone. I was his best man. He does not at all make me want to expatriate myself-again. instead, if anything, he makes me want to stick around. The unfortunate reality of the situation, and I suppose, that it ultimately winds up as the reality for me, is that I do not live in Mt. Tremblant. Only an hour and a half away, yet they’re unfettered by anything language related—my sister is fluently bilingual-, whereas I am not exactly ensconced in a Francophone environment. The direct result of only being forced to speak “their” language—and it’s only “their” language because they themselves have made it so—is apparent in, at the very least, a person that you can take as a sample—me.. I was born in 1983, and lived in Montreal until I was 20 years old, when opportunity opened for me in Western Canada. The only reason I came back is because I am, as of 2012, an Uncle twice over—I do not want to miss a moment of their development. I find myself, instead, uniquely situated to impart wisdom, inasmuch as such a seemingly young person can have. But with MS come many possible effects which range from physical to financial, and thus my disease has forced me -to deal with the same branches of Government everyone deals with—and some. And what have those30 years developing in Quebec culminated in? I now find myself with a complete and utter distaste for the language. I’m fairly certain that nowhere else in the world is host to A divide that runs as long and as deep as exists in Montreal (I can’t speak for the rest of Canada, but…). Quebec is the province where everyone learns at a very young age that people whose mother-tongue is French (Fancophones) are labeled as such. Those who speak English (Anglopghones), or those whose mother-tongue is neither English nor French (Allophones) are classified apart, further denigrating tolerance, compassion, and humanitarianism. Further engendering things such as racism and further creating a visible divide in the populace , at least, in my esteem. Quebec needs to satiate the English half of this province, before another exodus occurs, and the coffers start to empty as fewer taxpayers are left to fill them.