By André Faust
Divide and Conquer seems the words of the day for languages commission Katherine d’Entremont. She appears to be adamant in creating divisions between the Anglophone and Francophone communities in the Province of New Brunswick, which is ironical considering that the New Brunswick Commission on Hydraulic Fracture made a blanket statement that in order to advance New Brunswick all New Brunswickers have work together and have trust in each other. D’Entremont’s actions are not conducive in bring in New Brunswickers together.
She begin her personalized assault on the Anglophone population when she set up commissionaire Wayne Grant, when she went and spoke to him in French, Mr. Grant told her that he could not speak French but he could get someone who was bilingual to look after her, so she was not denied service. Following the setup she filed a complaint with her own commission. How non biased is that! All of a sudden she is Judge, Jury and Executioner.
The further her crusade against the Anglophone community she drafted her own report to justify her actions against Mr. Grant. According to her report all commissionaires have to be bilingual in the Centennial building so that they can give immediate service in French. Realistically the only requirement that is need is to provide the service in a timely manner. Does her ambition to get ahead over ride common sense.
The Gallant government have been wanking about cost cutting and have initiated several strategies to try to mitigate the deficit, however her actions of having to have everyone bilingual will increase the cost to the government which is the antithesis of what the government is trying to do.
On the practical side, the number of bilingual persons should reflect the ratio between Anglophones and Francophone. If you are in a region that is 70% English and 30% French, then the number of bilingual persons need should reflect that ratio of 7:3 so there should be 7 uni-lingual persons to 3 bilingual persons. Keeping things proportional would serve both communities. Whether it is in the Northern part of the province where the there is a greater number of Francophone to English ratio, if you are in another region where there is a greater number of Anglophone to French ratio.
Katherine d’Entremont by her prejudice against the English speaking community is dividing the province and not in a good way.
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