I was pleased to read in The Low Down Newspaper that Luce Farrell will be seeking the provincial Liberal nomination for Gatineau. Luce is an attachée politique to Quebec Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée, who has recently announced she will not be running in the upcoming provincial election.
l have encountered Luce several times in a professional capacity over the years and she has always been a pleasure to deal with. Her efforts have always reflected positively on the office she serves, and she is a true bastion of knowledge when it comes to the affairs of the Gatineau region – which by all accounts she has served very well for over a decade.
She is well-positioned to use her knowledge and experience to serve the region in an even greater capacity should she be confirmed as the provincial Liberal candidate for Gatineau.
With a Quebec election approaching, I would encourage everybody to follow and support Luce’s candidacy. Gatineau would be lucky to have her as a representative in Quebec City.
The continually irrelevant Parti Quebecois recently introduced a non-binding motion in the National Assembly calling for business owners to greet customers with “bonjour” instead of “bonjour-hi”; “bonjour-hi” being frequently used by shopkeeps in certain areas of Quebec, particularly in Montreal. Unbelievably, the motion passed and was unanimously supported by all parties in the National Assembly.
Yes, with the many issues we face as a province, this is where our politicians are turning their attention to. French is a wonderful language, and measures to protect it such as accessible language training should be in place across the province. Harassing business owners with the travesty that is Bill 101, or passing ridiculous motions encouraging business owners to speak a certain way are terrible ways to go about enshrining the French language in our culture.
Taxpaying business owners should greet whomever in whichever way they prefer. It is absolutely ridiculous to police private enterprises, through a non-binding legislative motion, in an effort to make them speak a certain way. What an international embarrassment!
There are so many problems in the world, and every second the National Assembly devotes to this is time not spent on real issues such as the economy and health care. I hope this is the last we hear of this nonsense.