The PQ, identity and the Front National

Yet as far as the politics of identity are concerned, today’s PQ is certainly more forthright in equating the demise of French language and culture with the influx of immigrants who may not have French as their first language. The argument, put forth by PQ candidate Jean-François Lisée, flies in the face of reality: according to l’Office québécois de la langue française, the number of immigrants learning and living in French has actually increased by over 20 percentage points since 1989; as well, the number of immigrants who speak French upon arrival in Quebec has gone up by nearly 20 percentage points since 2001.

Yet despite all evidence to the contrary, the Parti Québécois continues to trade in the canard that French is regressing on the island of Montreal, and its plan to fix this ‘regression’ has the support of France’s Front National. For the record, Lisée best summarized his belief that immigrants who speak French as a first language are better for Quebec than, say, those who have Mandarin as a mother tongue in the following quote from this interview: “From the moment where there isn’t a majority of people whose first language isn’t French, it means there is no majority to defend it. We can be very attached to our second languages, but I won’t go protest to defend English or Spanish.”

Pour lire le commentaire de Steeve Briois, le secrétaire général du Front National, au sujet des politiques identitaires du PQ, cliquez sur le lien donné dans ce billet.

À l’époque où l’ADQ existait, les médias aimaient bien les associer au Front Nationale, et ce, même si le Front National n’a jamais commenté les politiques de Mario Dumont. Maintenant que le Front Nationale approuve les politiques de Pauline Marois, c’est le silence le plus complet dans les médias francophones…