Can you imagine a leader of one of Canada's main federalist parties supporting laws which give rights to members of one group while denying those same rights to others?
Yet a candidate for leadership of the party that has held power in Ottawa more than any other in our history is poised to win that very coveted prize.
On October 25, 2012 in Quebec City, Justin Trudeau confirmed his support for Quebec's notorious Charter of the French Language ("Bill 101").
Forget for a moment that Bill 101 represses its English-speaking minority. Forget that its declared purpose is to make one ethnic group's language become, by force of law, the common language of all, regardless of one's origin, violating the freedoms of speech and association. Forget that the United Nation's Human Rights Committee found Bill 101 in violation of international human rights covenants.
Forget even all the silliness attached to the recent "pastagate" brouhaha.
What makes Justin Trudeau unfit to lead the Liberal Party of Canada and the country is his support of segregation.
Chapter VIII of Bill 101, the law that Justin made very clear that he supports, segregates Quebecers into two separate and distinct civil rights categories:
1) residents of Quebec who can freely choose to send their children to either French-language or English-language publicly-funded schools; and
2) residents of Quebec who can only send their children to French-language publicly-funded schools.
The discriminatory procedure used to determine placement in one of these two civil rights categories is based upon:
1) who one's parents are; and
2) what the classification of one's parents is.
This classification is handed down, generation after generation. This regime of discrimination based upon descent violates the standard of equality.
Justin is admirably, fluent in both English and French. There are many francophone parents in Quebec who would like their children to become as bilingual as he. Many of these parents feel the best way to do this would be to send their children to English publicly-funded schools in Quebec. Yet Bill 101 denies these parents that free choice.
Francophone Quebecers want equality. In a poll conducted for the Montreal Gazette by Léger Marketing, 61 per cent of francophone Quebecers surveyed expressed a desire to have the right to send their children to either French or English public schools. Yet Justin clearly and proudly supports a law which denies francophone Quebecers and immigrants this right. His policy of oppressing his fellow Quebecers is unacceptable. This is not a quality Canadians want in their leaders.
Instead of supporting a law that limits rights and promotes inequality, Justin should be supporting policies that expand the freedoms of his fellow citizens.
Prior to the 1960s, francophone Quebecers' thoughts, minds, and life decisions were controlled by the Church. The Quiet Revolution put an end to this. Sadly, one elite has only been replaced by another: Quebec's academic, political, and media elite. It is now time for this new elite's control to end and for free choice and individual empowerment to be repatriated to the Quebec people.
Who better than the son of Pierre Trudeau to call for a second Quiet Revolution in Quebec? One in which the sovereignty of the individual takes precedence over collectivity. This is what we expect from the heir of the man who gave us a charter of rights. Instead, the son has chosen the path of restricting individual free choice.
I urge members of the Liberal Party not to support Justin Trudeau's candidacy. Politicians who support segregation are not worthy of leading our country.