The current political discourse in New Brunswick has shown a surprising lack of civility. This is very much out of character with either the Acadian and Maritimer reputation for being warm and welcoming. What is going on? How can one make sense of the animosity about language?
It is difficult to understand what is fuelling this language strife. Motivations are as varied as the pulp acreage in the province. But at least since the fall election, language issues have been an obvious source of division.
Anglophone politicians and citizens alike tend to view language issues through the economic lens. Any expense related to the French language instantly comes under severe scrutiny. There is a presumption of waste.