Social engineering is alive and well in Alberta, thanks to a recent decision by the stuffed shirts of the Supreme Court of Canada.
A few years back, I wrote an article about self-described Alberta 'francophone' Gilles Caron, and his attempt to fight a $54 traffic ticket because it was not printed in both English and French. It wasn't the infraction that Caron disputed - in fact, I've never read or heard any denial of his charge of making an illegal left turn.
No, this was the opportunity he was waiting for: Caron yearned to become a crusader for french rights in the overwhelmingly English-speaking province.
He chose to fight the charge all the way to the SCofC, which did the expected and decided the Alberta government was on the hook for legal fees in the area of $120,000.
If Trudeau's ghost was giggling back in 2003 when Caron received the ticket, he must be in all-out hysterics now.
Caron's lawyers, who represent an association of francophone Albertans, argued that Caron was entitled to the funds, since the Alberta government spent lots of bucks to fight him. Too one-sided, don't you know.
They also tried to compare Alberta's french population with that of English Quebecers. A failed comparison, as there are many more English-speaking Quebecers than there are predominantly french-speaking Albertans.
Let's put the issue of the ticket aside - just as Gilles Caron has.
This is an attempt to force the french language down the throats of non-french Canadians. Geographically and culturally, Alberta is about as far removed from Quebec as you can get.
Caron's intentions - like many of the minority french Canadians - is to use all means possible to entrench their language, and by default their culture - into the lives of the Canadian English.
The tactic is suspiciously similar to that used by other groups such as the followers of Islam and their attempts to install Sharia law on the majority. Great company to keep, Gilles.
It should be noted that Caron is bilingual, meaning he understands English at least well enough to comprehend a traffic ticket.
Quebec's Bill 101 has been around for some thirty years. The law, viewed as 'vital' by the french and 'racist' by the non-french, is a basic provincial language law. It states that everything from public signs and services to the 'language of business' in la belle province be in french.
Of course, there is no such law of prejudice in Alberta. Perhaps there should be.
If Alberta were to enact it's own version of 101, clearly stating that all government services be in English only, troublemakers like Gilles Caron would have no leg to stand on.
Then he and all french-loving Albertans would face a choice: English or move East. There are many like-speaking individuals in Quebec and New Brunswick for Mr. Caron to play with. Of course, he would lose his standing as a 'crusader'.
Since it is unlikely this province will ever see a law similar to Bill 101, Albertans will have to continue to endure the attack on our culture and our language, all in the name of forced bilingualism.
I wonder: could the Notwithstanding Clause be used in this case?