• ARANB Party Analysis for the Sept 14th Election

    In the next couple of weeks, we will have another provincial election. There are a number of important issues in the province today, including the provincial debt, healthcare, and education. In the medium to long-term we must see a change in how bilingualism is implemented. Voters should expect that political parties can address more than […more]
  • The (92% and 5%) Counties of NB

    Bilingualism does not work for everybody. One of the cornerstones of bilingualism is that the two languages French and English are equal without regard for the regional realities of New Brunswick, without acknowledgement of the practical aspects of acquiring and maintaining language. One regional reality is that there are 15 counties in New Brunswick. Eight […more]
  • Par et pour! Never heard of this before?

    Par et pour! Never heard of this before? The following is an interesting statement from a federal minister: “Our government remains committed to the principle of “par et pour”, ensuring that services for Francophones are offered by Francophones.”, The Honourable Ahmed Hussen Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/ircc/documents/pdf/english/corporate/publications-manuals/francophone-immigration-strategy/franco-immigr-strateg-eng.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1ui1obGJ9PEO1WdlkSxoZFW9_AwS72OZ4TGKu1n7UoMfwEcPkLXIZ-fHs    
  • $2.7 Billion – Plan For Official Languages 2018-2023

    The following is a multi billion dollar program by the federal government designated for two particular groups, Anglophones in Quebec and Francophones outside Quebec. In 2003, the Government of Canada introduced the first Action Plan for Official Languages, which laid the foundation for investing in education and government services. These investments were maintained in the […more]
  • Where Are They Now?

    Over the past 5 years there have been 30,665 graduates from high school in the Anglophone system. Of those, only 1158 graduated with a proficiency in French of intermediate 2 or better. That’s 4 percent. Project that over the past 30 years and you find that only 6, 948 would be considered bilingual out of […more]
  • Toward a Better Bilingualism.

    There is a conflict going on between the Anglophone and Francophone community primarily over language. That’s nothing new. Let’s concentrate then, on the science of learning language. The following are excerpts of a position paper entitled “Why Anglophones in New Brunswick will remain unilingual” by a Francophone who lives in New Brunswick and has extensive […more]
  • Does French Canada ask too much of English Canada?

    The French majority in Quebec have no hesitation in doing that which they would never accept from Anglophones, the rest of Canada. It is a clear distinction between the two solitudes. https://www.cbc.ca/…/english-government-services-quebec-1.5… English Canada is asked to believe in the French justification that essentially, the French language is too fragile to stand on its own. […more]
  • New Federal Language Laws being Implemented Across Canada

    The national official languages act is going to be replaced soon. All the federal political parties have committed to pushing through a new act as described below. (Yes, Mr. Sheer as well). The new draft which will be adopted is a creation of the Francophone leadership in Canada. There has been virtually no input from […more]
  • Government Funding, Finding a Fair Balanced Approach.

    For those of you English speaking folks not familiar with politics of language in New Brunswick, this is how it works. The very basic principle at play is that minorities deserve more because they are minorities and at risk of losing their language and culture. Now, most Anglophones accept this principle because of their sense […more]
  • I Read the News Today. Oh Boy!

    Our federal government has been hard at work developing more language regulations. The finalized amendments to the Official Languages Regulations, published in the Canada Gazette on Wednesday, will create a new calculation method to determine whether there is sufficient demand for services in the minority official language, among other changes. They will also lead to […more]
  • The Mystery of the Conservative Party Personality

    The way bilingualism is being administered is discriminatory toward the English speaking community, and yet the Higgs Conservative party knowing this, is strongly stubborn in their support for the continuation of this status quo. It seems to be in their party DNA. It is a challenge to describe how puzzling this inaction is. Most people […more]
  • “Unjust” Language Laws

    “Neither persons nor property will be safe, where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them” Frederick Douglas The large majority of English speaking people in New Brunswick have no idea of how “unjust” the language laws are toward them. “unjust” ....... not based […more]