The next Municipal elections in Montreal will be held in the city November 5th, and one Mayoral candidate has some big plans if he gets elected.
Michael Chiklis...Sorry, I mean Michel Brûlé is an editor, singer and writer, who tried to become the mayor of Montreal a few years ago. When he ran for office back in 2013, he actually managed to get 6300 votes, and he's at it again this year.
In order to gain some support, Brûlé has decided to make some pretty bold promises. If elected mayor, his first order of business is to make public transit FREE for everyone.
But he also has some slightly more controversial plans as well.
He wants Montreal to be 100% unilingual Francophone.
All the services in Montreal, including emergency services would be in French only. And if Anglophones need something, they would have to make a special request online, then they would have to show up in person to receive an answer in English.
It also answers what's likely to be the first question that comes to mind: which of the two groups drinks more?
According to Éduc'alcool's data for 2021, Montreal francophones drink more — but not by much.
Here are some of the poll's findings, based on the responses of those surveyed:
Eighty-eight percent of francophones say they drank during the last year, compared to 79% of anglophones.
Sixty-eight percent of francophones say they drink alcohol once a week or more, compared to 54% of anglophones.
Anglophone drinkers say they have 1.7 drinks per week, but francophone drinkers have 2.5 drinks per week.
Forty-six percent of francophones say they exceed recommended limits once a month or more while 39% of anglophones say the same.
When it comes to drinking and driving, 45% of francophone respondents believed they may be stopped by police at a roadside sobriety checkpoint, compared to 55% of anglophones.
Éduc'alcool says francophones in Montreal drink more than those elsewhere in Quebec but, overall, Montreal is pretty on par with the province's averages, particularly when it comes to drinks per month and per week.
The exception is when it comes to the negative impact of alcohol on Montrealers' lives. According to this survey, the percentage of Montreal drinkers who think alcohol negatively affects their social lives, family lives and physical health is higher than Quebec's average.
In total, Éduc'alcool surveyed 1,200 people (500 francophones and 400 anglophones) in the Montreal region, for a total of 7,600 respondents across Quebec.
I for one thought it was extremely entertaining, which is why I was glued to my twitter feed this morning watching all the angry tweets roll-in. So I decided to set some of the angriest ones aside to share with you. Enjoy!
This is fantastic news considering that just 2 days ago, CBC was concerned about the growing divide between young francophone and anglophones in Canada.
But in the rest of the world, bilingualism isn't an issue, it's just the way things are.
Estimates believe that between 60 and 75 percent of the world's population already speak more than one language and it has been proven to be very beneficial to your brain. That's because bilingualism reprograms you brain and actually boosts your cognitive reserve. It also provides you with social, psychological and lifestyle advantages.
In fact, scientists believe the human brain has evolved to learn more than one language and that by only learning one, you're only limiting your own potential.
So maybe it's about time we fully embrace bilingualism across the entire country. And one of the first steps would be for Montreal to stop thinking of itself as a French city and join the rest of Canada and their love for bilingualism.