The Refusal Of French And English People Getting Along In Quebec Is Embarrassing
No one should limit themselves to one language.
The chairman of Cirque du Soleil Mitch Garber has a message for Quebec's anglophone and francophone communities.
We have to start communicating more and cooperating.
He is calling for an end to the "two solitudes" that has crippled Quebec's development for the last 40 years.
The "two solitudes" is the name given to the lack of desire to communicate between the English and French communities of Montreal.
It is the title of a Paul Tallard novel about a character who struggles between his French and English identities.
And although the Governor-General of Canada, has stated that the time of "two solitudes" is over, that doesn't necessarily make it true.
The two solitudes are still very much present in this province.
We always act as if the other side is plotting against us and we be look for ways to embarrass each other rather than working together.
For example, when the RONA Company was sold to Lowe's in the united states, the Coalition for Quebec's Future weren't happy that a Quebec company was successful. They saw it as a failure. As if we lost something, when in fact this demonstrated the success and popularity of Quebec company.
Garber claims he is embarrassed by the refusal of his anglophone friends to learn French, but he also believes that French Canadians should not limit themselves to one language.
Everyone seems to concerned with preserving language for future generations, when future generation would actually benefit more from learning two languages. By not learning English, French Canadians are impeding on their kid's potential for success.
Garber is also criticizing our education system saying we need to deal with the high dropout rate and we need to start teaching business concepts in elementary schools.