I knew the time when a global battle was waged to preserve cultural diversity. Fearing that the globalization of trade leads to strengthening the cultural hegemony of the United States, several countries have developed mechanisms to protect the diversity of cultures and languages.
Leaders around the world signed a convention on cultural diversity in the early 2000s. No, not all cinema in the world had to be American and in English. No, all the music in the world didn’t have to be American and in English. Culture should express the plurality of identities.
Quebec was particularly active in this movement. Sure, Hungarians and Finns are concerned about protecting their culture, but they do so on a continent where languages and cultures are manifold. In the case of Quebec, the threat is more evident: six million French speakers surrounded.
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The Quebec government, like our arts community, saw an opportunity to be less isolated in a broad agreement on cultural diversity. Maintaining a French-speaking culture in Quebec was now part of the overall goal of cultural diversity.
At the time it was clear that, due to the strength of numbers and the power of the United States, English was becoming an omnipotent language. English was becoming the language of globalization, taking on imperial status on the planet.
In Quebec, leftist movements have played a leading role in cultural diversity. More critical of globalization, the left has warned against the imperialism of the English language. He called on our elected officials to take an interest in cultural diversity and to associate with other nations who have appreciated it.
Words fail me to describe the rotation that occurred in the left movements. The awake current turned everything upside down. The defense of French no longer seems to be part of a laudable effort to avoid the hegemony of a single language and a single culture.
Welcome to 2022
Here’s what will happen in 2022.
When the Quebec government tries to ensure the survival of French by stipulating that newcomers will have to work in French, it is French that becomes the language of imperialism. It is French that becomes this hegemonic language that is forcibly imposed on poor minorities. The Canadian left denounces!
On the other hand, when the federal government appoints its officials of age, the obligation to speak French becomes an obstacle. The Trudeau government has decided to ignore French jurisdiction when appointing the governor general.
Mary Simon is of Aboriginal origin, this is the kind of diversity that Canada wants. She doesn’t speak French, too bad. In English Canada, we dream of many other people of diversity who do not speak French. If we refuse to name them for this reason, what a setback!
In both examples, the new Canadian conclusion is: French is the enemy of diversity!
The world upside down.
Welcome to Canada version 2022.