The end of the two founding peoples?

I’ve written it many times…

As the demographic weight of Francophones within Canada decreases, the concept of the “two founding peoples” becomes more difficult to defend.

We had proof of that again last Friday toronto sun.

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On its opinion pages, the Toronto daily published an open letter from Arjun Singh, a political science graduate at the University of Toronto, in which he argued that it was time for Canada to “change the national narrative” and the outdated concept of the to give up “two founding peoples”.

Why ?

Because this concept traps Canada in a colonialist logic and excludes newcomers who have neither English nor French as their mother tongue.

“This theory of the two founding peoples excludes ethnic minorities,” writes Singh. It forces Canadians who are neither Anglophone nor Francophone to tolerate the presence of a glass ceiling over their heads. »

“Given that most minorities lack the resources to learn ‘the other official language’, they are de facto excluded from the public and private sectors. »

“This unequal system means that cabinets, boards and courts are overwhelmingly white, even though we are in the 21st century and profound demographic shifts have transformed the country. »

“If someone reaches a leadership position without being bilingual – as happened to Air Canada’s CEO – that person will be attacked until they promise to learn ‘the other official language’. »

“In the name of the concept of the two founding peoples, an entire class of Canadians are treated as colonial subjects and denied equal opportunities…”

  • Hear Thomas Mulcair on Richard Martineau’s mic on QUB radio:


For Arjun Singh, not only do we need to put an end to the concept of “two founding peoples” – a myth he says is disconnected from Canada’s new reality and forces Canadians into tolerance of an adopted province in a law as repressive as Bill 21 – but Canada must “adopt a pluralistic idea, in which people are treated as individuals and not as members of a language community”.

Otherwise Canada is doomed to remain a “neo-colonialist state”.

I emphasize that this text was not published on an obscure site, but on the pages of the toronto sunas part of a competition (” Speak for us ’), founded by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

As Canada welcomes more immigrants, it becomes more difficult to get Canadians to understand that French is more important than Mandarin or Hindi, and the pressure to change “the national narrative” increases.

You don’t have to be a clairvoyant to predict what’s very likely to happen: at some point (and sooner rather than later if you ask me) French speakers will no longer be seen as part of either of the two founding fathers, but as representatives of one of the many cultural communities that make up the new Canada.

The choice is clear: either we separate and secure our future as a people, or we merge with the greater Canadian whole.

There is no third way.

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