Saturday, April 7, 2007

Diversity in Parliament

For almost 2 million people in Toronto, English is a second language. So I feel right at home here.
- Stéphane Dion

Stéphane said this as a joke in a speech to Toronto Liberals on Wednesday - but it raises a number of questions. Why do our visible minorities remains so underrepresented in our House of Commons? Also, why do people complain about Stéphane's ability to speak English? If he were not francophone, but instead had a very strong Punjabi or Chinese or German accent, would people still complain about his accent? Is it merely because he is from Quebec that gives the rest of Canada fodder to trash his language?