© McCord Museum
An Ethnic Cab Driver's Nightmare...
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1997, 20th century
Ink, felt pen and collage on paper
23.5 x 23.5 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
Keys to History:
"Many of Quebec's anglophones have come to understand, even if grudgingly, that Bill 101 is meant to guarantee the survival of French in Quebec. However, they have often been appalled at the insensitivity and stupidity of the "language police" charged with ensuring the law's
After the return to power of the Parti québécois in 1994, the government of Quebec attempted to reaffirm the status of the French language. Louise Beaudoin, at the time minister responsable for the French Language Charter, was often seen by non-francophones as demanding and intransigent... Here, the minister's apparent displeasure over the use of English on the job by many foreign-born taxi drivers allowed the cartoonist to depict Beaudoin as a language cop with dictatorial tendencies.
Francophones make up 80% of the population of the province of Quebec. Montreal, however, has the largest proportion of non-francophones, that is, anglophones and allophones, of any city in the province. This demographic reality is what underlies the adoption in Quebec of measures to protect the French language, spoken by a small minority within Canada and North America.
Wherever and whenever she could, Louise Beaudoin fought to defend and promote the French language. In 1997, for example, while the CRTC was reviewing its regulations governing radio, she proposed that the quota for French-language songs on French-language radio stations be maintained at 65%.
Parti québécois MNA Louise Beaudoin was minister of culture and communications from August 1995 to December 1998.