Despite the divergences and disagreements in the campaign on immigration, all parties agree on the basic idea of linguistic integration. Newcomers should live in French whenever possible.
When we take care of the future of Quebec in French, the math is easy. We welcome many newcomers each year, many of whom do not speak French on the day of their admission. It’s quite simple, if the majority of them integrate with English, French will continue to decrease.
One thing is never said clearly: the problem of Montreal as a melting pot to get immigrants to adopt French. The numbers are compelling: French is on the decline in mainland France. In more and more parts of the city, French is no longer really the street language.
Linguistic integration is largely determined by the language spoken around you upon arrival. This idea seems so well understood that most parties are proposing strategies for the regionalization of immigration. The newcomer settling in Amos or Roberval will have no choice but to learn French.
- Listen to the Dutrizac-Dumont meeting live every day at 7:00 am. above QUB radio :
I’m definitely in favor of this idea of regionalizing immigration. However, it must be clear that this idea raises dust in the eyes to make people believe that the Frenchization problem is solved.
Currently, about 80% of immigrants settle in Montreal. With an excellent strategy and enormous effort, we could double the share that goes to the regions and increase it from 20% to 40%. This would already be a great achievement and it will take a few years to strategize and get there.
The majority will still end up in the metropolitan areas, as is the natural tendency in all countries around the world. Even for those who settle in the region, it will not be possible to imprison them there. In the past, immigration experiences in the regions were often short-lived. After a few months, the affected principals found that members of their community were in greater numbers in the urban centers and wanted to join them. Which will always be allowed in a free country.
In summary, despite all efforts and promises, most immigrants will be welcomed to Montreal in the next term. However, in Montreal, depending on the neighborhood in which they land, the immigrant may have relatively little exposure to French.
- Listen to the news briefs with Mario Dumont broadcast live daily at 4:30 p.m. above QUB radio :
I try to put myself in the shoes of the newcomer. You leave your home and change your life. You arrive on an English-speaking continent, You arrive in an English-speaking country. You’ve probably been warned about this peculiarity: be careful, we speak French in Quebec.
You get off the plane. From the airport, everything is mostly in English. You do your first shopping in town. Everything is possible in English. You won’t need French for days. Meanwhile, on TV, politicians say it’s very important to learn French…
Sorry, but franking in Montreal is dangerous.