Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: PQ Itching for a Fight

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: PQ Itching for a Fight

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Editorial Exchange: PQ itching for a fight

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An editorial from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, published Feb. 26:

The Quebec language police are an international laughingstock, yet again, after their recent overreach in trying to force a Montreal Italian restaurant to translate names of Italian menu dishes like "pasta" into French.

But as guffaws subside over what the media have inevitably dubbed Pastagate, and the office quebecois de la langue française (OQLF) retreats and admits its officials in this instance acted overzealously, this latest episode should also be viewed within a larger context.

The governing Parti Quebecois, its raison d'être of Quebec independence as cherished as ever, for now cannot move on its dream of another referendum. First, most Quebecers seem happy with the status quo. Second, heading a minority government elected by just 32 per cent of voters, Premier Pauline Marois knows the opposition Liberals and Coalition Avenir Quebec in the National Assembly would block any attempt to hold another independence vote.

The PQ's goal, then, must be to try to create "necessary conditions" on the ground for a referendum to succeed. But how does one change a satisfied status quo? …

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