This isn’t about the French language. This is about the inherent nuttiness of modern Quebec. The stated goal of the Tongue Troopers is to defend the French language and culture from the predations of English. It is, we are solemnly told, about preserving Quebecois culture for future generations. Pause to consider that. French Canadian culture has survived four centuries of brutal Canadian winters, countless attacks by hostile aboriginal tribes, repeated invasions and ultimate conquest by the British Crown and nearly a century and a half of union within Canada. But a sign saying Home Depot will destroy it all!
Intellectuals, bureaucrats and politicians, more so than generals, are obsessed with fighting the last war. For the American Left it is always 1957 in Little Rock and the bigots are ready to deny black school girls a chance to learn. For Quebec nationalists it is always the 1940s. Whereas American blacks faced genuine bigotry, the Quebecois were confronted with contempt by some of their Anglophone neighbours. Instead of being denied a good education by les anglais, they sometimes had difficultly in getting service in French at the local department store. In the catalogue of human evil that’s somewhere near the bottom.