Fuzziness abounds

I see that all the politicians federal and provincial were lauding New Brunswick’s bilingualism yesterday in Moncton.

Harper said that it was fitting that the announcement of Lord’s new position was made in Moncton and New Brunswick, a bilingual city in the country’s only officially bilingual province.

I wonder if it was also ‘fitting’ to shut down any effort to put more federal government translation jobs in Moncton or New Brunswick? If they like our bilingualism so much, how come 91% of the total translation industry resides in Quebec?

And Lord also said the dreaded “New Brunswick is a microcosm of Canada.” in his remarks yesterday.

A microcosm is defined as a miniature model of something.

So Canada is losing population and not able to generate enough tax revenue to pay the bills? Is Canada not able to attract immigrants? Is Chinese the fastest growing language in New Brunswick?

Oh, they mean a microcosm of bilingualism (French and English).

Okay, so New Brunswick has has a porportionately strong level of language-based industries?

No, that’s not true either.

Maybe they mean that some people speak French down here. Maybe that’s the meaning of microcosm.

Maybe Bernard Lord will come up with some wild proposal like helping New Brunswick leverage its ‘microcosm’ status for economic development?

Unlikely.

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0 Responses to Fuzziness abounds

  1. Anonymous says:

    Nothing changes then! Lord says as much when out of office as when he was in office. This is typical, more bad employment news and people are worried about their lives as Christmas approaches. The Prime Minister, for God’s sake, comes to town and what does he give us? Lord spouting inanities yet again. A pat on the head for the little New Brunswickers. Tell them that they speak French and we are proud of them, then they’ll be happy enough, go away and leave us alone.Never mind that this is a two week position and he will be visiting provinces other than New Brunswick for his 24 grand. Tell them they’re a microcosm of Canada and they will love us!
    Here’s a newsflash Mr Harper – we already had Lord and got rid of him. He is a microcosm of a Premier and nothing else. If he uses the same template of action that he used in New Brunswick I wouldnt be surprised if we were all speaking Mandarin this time next year.

  2. richard says:

    Funny how so many regard Harper as an upright honest fellow, yet he has no hesitation to spend taxpayer dollars on crap like this. Harper does not like the reports on bilingualism that he is getting from the Commons committee or the language commissioner, so he gives Lord a patronage job on the understanding that Lord will give him an opinion that matches his preconceived ideas.

    This looks bad on Lord (what a chump) and Harper (so much for a careful regard for tax dollars).

  3. NB taxpayer says:

    He means New Brunswick is the microcosm of Ottawa (he would never had said that as leader of the west…er…I mean the Alliance party). In other words, very different from the rest of Canada, especially southern Ontario and the west.