Have you seen this recent trend? Justin Trudeau is suddenly getting lovesick for the French Canadians, portraying them as a marginalized group deliberately targeted. Wondering why this is happening? We have the answer!
Let’s start by discussing Trudeau’s recent announcement regarding the Liberal government’s plan to increase francophone immigration in Canada. The government aims to do so as a means of promoting the growth of the French language and preserving the country’s cultural identity, according to a five-year action plan for official languages released on April 26th.
This plan coincides with the Liberals’ update to the Official Languages Act, which is currently under debate in the House of Commons. Official Language Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor explained that recruiting francophone immigrants is crucial to addressing the decline in French language proficiency in Canada and the shortage of bilingual workers in the labor force.
The plan outlines Canada’s intention to attract French-speaking individuals from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas and settle them in francophone minority communities across the country, with the exception of Quebec, which has its own immigration programme.
Additionally, the government is seeking to recruit francophone teachers to improve access to French-language education, including French immersion programs, early childhood education, and post-secondary learning, in these communities.
Now, this is pretty surprising to see Trudeau doing something for the French community. Well, in recent times, the debate and fight to keep French people near their chests have been in full swing.
JT’s French Love!
If one remembers, just a few days ago, Pierre Poillevre announced that he would sure-shot defund CBC. However, it will keep the French employees of Radio Canada intact.
French-speaking Canadians have an impact on federal and provincial elections. In certain regions of Canada, particularly in Quebec, the majority of voters speak French. Political parties must take into account the preferences and concerns of these voters in order to secure their support.
As a result, political candidates often campaign in French and release French-language platforms in order to appeal to French-speaking voters.
Importantly, Trudeau’s Liberal Party has been one of the two dominant parties in federal elections, along with the Bloc Québécois. The Liberal Party has also been successful in francophone regions such as New Brunswick and Ontario.
The Liberal Party has historically placed a strong emphasis on bilingualism and promoting the interests of minority language communities. However, in recent times, trends have started to reverse.
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French Goes Conservative
The Liberal Party is experiencing a decline in its voter base, with the Conservative Party leading in western Canada and Ontario, while the Bloc Québécois is ahead in Quebec.
The Liberals’ vote share in Quebec has dropped significantly to 26%, down from 31% in late January and 32% in September 2022. This represents a 6-point decline in the span of almost five months. whereas the conservative vote share has also risen significantly in these French-speaking provinces.
Regionally, Conservatives are ahead in western Canada, close in Ontario, and the BQ is ahead in Quebec.
👀Look at that vote share for the Liberals in Quebec, down to 26%. End of Jan, LPC was at 31%. In Sept 2022, it was 32%.
Down 6-points in almost 5 months pic.twitter.com/G7zWnSvAA0
— David Coletto (@DavidColetto) February 20, 2023
This data is sure not good news for Justin Trudeau and the Liberals. And sadly, this was bound to happen. The French people were once the very first to support Trudeau in 2015 and then in 2019. But the liberal leader is now definitely losing ground.
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French citizens are leaving Canada due to their dissatisfaction with Justin Trudeau’s leadership. Furthermore, those who remain are exploring alternative political options. For decades, French Canada has been a stronghold for the Liberal Party, but recent trends suggest a shift away from this tradition.
It remains to be seen whether French voters will remain steadfast in their changing political intentions. It will undoubtedly be a tough time for Trudeau if this continues.
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