As the days become fewer towards the Superior Court Showdown in the first week of March 2009, where we are standing against FORCED bilingual signs in the Province of Ontario, but specifically against the Ottawa Bedroom Township of Russell, the other side led by lawyer Ron Caza seems to be ever more desperate in their case.
Our attorneys are sitting upon way more than a thousand pages of “expert” testimony from Caza in his attempt to prove that a law that FORCES bilingual signs is necessary for any number of reasons he can dream up.
But, far more remarkable than this make-believe about the NEED and LEGITIMACY of FORCED bilingual signs in Ontario, is his attack on me.
Our legal team has a book-worth of affidavits from Caza’s office that paints me in the worst of all possible pictures.
It’s bizarre that they’re attempting to make this about me, when it has NOTHING whatsoever to do with me, and EVERYTHING to do with Section 2b of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which is Freedom of Expression.
I assume they are making it as much about me as it is about their case for their perceived NEED of FORCED bilingual signs for two reasons, neither of which reflects well upon them.
1 – They hope to deflect their inadequacies concerning their case, where Caza is trying to show the absolute NEED for FORCED bilingual signs to save and promote the French language and culture within Ontario, when he argued AGAINST bilingualism not that many years ago in his defense of the Ottawa Montfort French Teaching Hospital.
2 – Caza is attempting to poison the opinion of the Judge by poisoning the Judge’s opinion of me. Maybe that’s a good strategy. But how does that reconcile the NEED for FORCED bilingual signs?
Le Droit, Ottawa’s French Language Daily Newspaper just ran a story that described me as being a “militant”, which is in itself strange, since that is the same word the media generally uses to describe TERRORIST organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah.
Le Droit described the CLF (Canadians for Language Fairness) as the financiers of our battle for RIGHTS in a way that made them seem unsavory, where in truth, the CLF is a supporter, but is ONLY ONE of many supporters, and is far from being unsavory.
But that’s the way they fight.
FORGET about the issues.
FORGET about our existing Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
FORGET about the double standards where bilingualism was death for Ottawa’s French community in the Montfort case, but is somehow the ultimate redeemer in the case of FORCED bilingual signs.
FORGET about the FACT that literally EVERY case fought on behalf of French language activism is somehow paid in its entirety through public funds, while virtually EVERY case fought by Anglos in favor of RIGHTS for all, are paid from the pockets of caring individuals.
FORGET about the FACT that there are French ONLY healthcare clinics in Ontario. That there are SEGREGATED French ONLY schools busses in Ontario, and that the unrestricted use of the English language in the Nation of Quebec is AGAINST THE LAW.
FORGET about the fact that Quebec has special status that says ONLY Quebecers can work in Quebec’s construction industry in any capacity, including pushing a broom, while Quebecers can work in construction anywhere in Canada, even though the Supreme Court has recognized that Quebec’s labor laws abrogate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
FORGET about Quebec’s special NATION STATUS that allows them to deal Nation to Nation with French nations including France. And that Quebec has its very own IMMIGRATION system.
How come Ontario doesn’t have Nation-to-Nation Status with England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the USA?
And what about Quebec’s official NATION STATUS at the United Nations in UNESCO, where no other Canadian province can lay claim to the same?
And most of all – FORGET about French Canadian AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, that denies upper level civil service jobs to English only speaking Canadians, where more than 97% of Canada’s TOTAL population, excluding French Quebec is non-French speaking.
Why should the facts get in the way when Caza can drag me, along with everyone else who supports Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms through the mud?
Caza’s game plan is to make this Court Battle about everything else, other than the truth and the facts.
There’s another spin to Caza’s strategy: Not only will he flood the Court with deception; he is doing his very best to spend us under the table.
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This isn’t just my fight.
This battle for Freedom of Expression is Canada-Wide. It is not against French speakers and their RIGHT to live in their language as they see fit. It’s about EVERYONE’S RIGHT not to be coerced to live in someone else’s language and culture.
If you care about your Rights that are subject to an interpretation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, you’ll do the right thing and help us win this for Canada. A loss is unthinkable.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov