There is currently an interesting thread on MERB's sister Board TERB, in which the Ontarians and Quebecers are going back and forth as to whether Montreal SPs touring in Toronto should be able to speak English. Many TERBites originally from Quebec have posted in the thread, some also demanding to know whether French is being taught in Ontario schools. I found this post by a poster known as "hornydawg" to be both interesting and controversial and wondered whether any of you would care to comment on it:
"well, I am also from quebec...born and raised. I went to both french and english schools. Still today I am well versed in both languages. They do do teach english in french schools but only in high school and it's very basic. they start teaching french to english kids in kindergarten. It's mandatory to pass french in english schools to get your diploma...but not vice versa. In quebec, they are attempting in my opinion to, for lack of a better word,to cripple their youth. they prefer that you don't learn english so that you will remain in the province to bolster the french population. those who can speak english and are educated leave as soon as possible, those who can't speak english are essentially stuck in quebec. I am very happy to have learned french and english, but, honestly, outside of quebec within canada, how many french people do you really run into? very few..I would have been better off learning cantonese or spanish which is much morer useful."
by hornydawg on TERB, March 15, 2005
Your thoughts are welcome on:
1. SPs speaking English on dates in Montreal; and
2. Hornydawg's post.