I’m from Montrealer living in New York, my residence for the past 35 years. I left shortly after graduating from McGill University in 1984. Fortunately, I am connected to Quebec thanks to the Quebec government’s 80-for-80 Network initiative, which is looking for opportunities for cooperation between Quebec and the United States.
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I visit Montreal every year to see my family and friends.
Walking the streets of Montreal and discovering the grandeur of this city makes me say one thing to my French speaking friends in Quebec: congratulations. you passed. mission accomplished. In fact, you may not know it, but you are not defeated.
The Montreal of the 1960s and ’70s where I grew up has always held a special place on the world stage. Unique. With its multilingualism, it was unlike any other city in North America. But French-speaking Quebec naturally sought to promote independence and linguistic laws to establish the primacy – or perhaps survival – of French in a city that owed much of its greatness and “uniqueness” to “Francophonie”. ”
From the void created by the departure of businesses and a large portion of the English-speaking population, a new economy and a new French spirit emerged to remake the city in its image. The emergence of Montreal as a hub for technology and artificial intelligence, along with dynamic life sciences and technology for smart or electric cars, is impressive. A new generation of hard-working French-speaking Quebecers rebuilt the province’s economy and, in doing so, added to its distinctive cultural character. So I say: Quebec, you have thrived. A great national province of world class and continues to develop. We call the great New York fusion pot, but frankly, Montreal is serious Integrated cultures while presenting an assertive French face to the world.
I put this phenomenon in the context of the new linguistic laws under study.
Did these earlier laws make Quebec and Montreal more French speaking? They did without a doubt. But it is difficult to say with great certainty that it has not had a negative impact on the economic success of Quebec and Montreal for some time. And despite their remarkable accomplishments, did the laws of language prevent everyone from reaching their full potential? It is of course not verifiable. In this context, I offer only the following: If concern for the survival of French is of the utmost importance, use a fine brush to amend laws that promote French culture and language in Quebec.
The brutal tool applied to education, immigration and commerce could do more harm than good to Quebec’s long-term fortunes. Instead, build on the strength of your proud city and national county.
Make it a destination for the world. Not just a tourist destination, but a destination for the best and brightest in arts, education and business. If there are some non-French speaking among them, they are welcome. Finally, also invest in your people and in all the world-class institutions located in Quebec, whether of French origin or not.
Growing up in Montreal over 50 years ago, Montreal was a French-speaking city. Yes, economic management was not in the hands of the French-speaking, but Montreal and the province of Quebec were unequivocally distinct. It was a French-speaking nationalist city and province at the time of the independence movements. They remained a French-speaking national city and province despite the slight decline of the French language, as the québécois de la langue française suggests.
Quebec will always be special. No one in Quebec or outside today disagrees about the need for business leaders to communicate with their employees in the language they speak. It shouldn’t be controversial. And yes, we want more French Canadian hockey players. But these stories are not the big picture. The real story is the emergence of Montreal – and Quebec as a whole – as a proud, world-class community, built on its French roots that successfully navigates the forces of globalization as it continues to evolve.
To this day, when I tell people I’m from Montreal, their first comment is: “You have to speak French. As impossible as it is to remove the joy of life in Quebec, it is impossible to remove French from the cultural fabric of Quebec society. It is a good thing and a source of strength for Quebec.”
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