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.
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New Brunswick, the only officially bilingual province, is often referred to as a shining example of linguistic harmony. Is this truly the case after the 2018 provincial election? What lessons can the rest of the Canadian francophonie learn from recent rhetoric on language policy?
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The judicial recounts in two New Brunswick ridings seem to confirm the party equilibrium in the upcoming Legislative Assembly. Nonetheless, we still do not know who will effectively govern the province. The challenges are well known and expectations are running high to fully address key issues: public finances, demographic decline, the environment, etc. But, if we were to assess issues solely through the lens of linguistic duality, what actions would be most productive moving forward?
Analyzing New Brunswick’s political landscape via the prism of linguistic duality provides each political party with specific homework.
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