For most Quebecers, the treatment afforded by provincial governments to their francophone minorities amount to a litmus test of Canada’s commitment to the concept of linguistic duality.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer can stick with his Ontario ally and try to take cover under the rationale that it is not his place to question provincial choices. The Hill Times file photograph by Andrew Meade
Make no mistake. By putting Ontario’s francophone minority on his fiscal hit list this week, Premier Doug Ford has placed his federal ally Andrew Scheer in harm’s way.
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'Different leadership could have decided that ‘no, we won’t collaborate with you, because we don’t have to under the legislation,’ says Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux. 'We want legislation to be clarified.'