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This Week in Minority Rights 2018–12–09


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/12/09

“It may be appropriate to decry Ontario Premier Ford’s plan to reduce services to Ontario’s French speaking citizens, and his decision to abandon plans to fund a French university. Nonetheless, it is important to note that Ontario’s francophones constitutional rights remain unaffected by the government’s action. When comparing the situation of the minorities in Quebec to those in Ontario, specifically regarding school access, Quebec’s English speakers do not enjoy the same rights given to francophones in Ontario, or, in any other part of Canada. There is a hint of hypocrisy when politicians, such as Melanie Joly, criticize the Ontario government, when there is no evidence of her ever trying to persuade the Quebec government to provide the same school rights to anglophones as those given to francophones elsewhere.

Although it is true that Quebec has three English universities, consequently, its community is better served in this regard than Ontario’s francophones. However, none of these three universities were provided by the grace and favour emanating from the Quebec government. Two of them were privately founded prior to Confederation and nurtured by the English speaking community. The third was an outgrowth of the educational courses offered by the YMCA aimed at providing education and training for working men and women. These universities do not rely entirely on the provincial government for their funding, but the community continues to support those institutions through its benevolent foundations and individual donations. Of course, for reasons rooted in history, without massive government support, we cannot expect the Ontario’s present francophone minority to reproduce the same outcome as their counterparts in this province. However, a closer scrutiny of the community’s significant support given to its English universities and hospitals should help dispel the myth that Quebec‘s anglophones ‘are the world’s best treated minority’. Given that Quebec is the recipient of $12 billion yearly equalization payments, maybe it is ‘the country‘s best treated province ‘ Moreover, if the situation was so good, how does one explain the massive exodus from Quebec by English speakers? On the other hand there seems little evidence of any disenchanted French speakers leaving Ontario to come here.”


“Islamic values preserve the legal rights and freedoms of everyone and these values do not accept any form of division or discrimination, the secretary-general of the Muslim World League said in Abu Dhabi, Trend reports referring to Reuters.

Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Forum for Promoting Peace, which drew hundreds of delegates from diverse religions and international humanitarian organizations.

Al-Issa told the audience that the responsibility of absurd words and deeds along with acts of hatred, violence and terrorism fell solely on individuals and not their religion.”


“ISLAMABAD: The sixteen-day international film festival highlighting human rights through cinematography arranged by United Nations Information Center in Islamabad (UNIC) in collaboration with European Union, will conclude on Monday (tomorrow) after screening 27 thematic documentaries and films in various parts of the country.

The event was arranged in celebration of 70 years of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The 4th edition of the international film festival screened thematic documentaries in Gujrat, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Mardan, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi and Swat.”


“Suburban reporter Kevin Woodhouse encapsulated the aspirations of first-time MNA Gregory Kelly very well (Kelly talks affordable housing, food insecurity and English rights, November 28) and it was gratifying to see Kelly’s concerns surrounding so-called English rights.

It is ironic that many Quebec politicians are highly angst that neighbouring Ontario has decided, for supposed financial reasons, to internally shift French language administrative offices and, unfortunately, postpone once again the establishment of a French language university. However, Quebec’s criticism must be seen as a deeply cynical attempt to piggy-pack on an internal provincial issue that is none of Quebec’s business.

Can you imagine the indignation emanating from Quebec City if Premier Ford asked Premier Legault to respect English rights in Quebec by enacting Article 59? This Constitutional article can only be enforced by Quebec, it would legally entrench English minority rights, and every Quebec government since the 1980s has deliberately refused to fulfill its constitutional obligations to its minority language citizens.”



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