This new francophone minister, the anglophone Squires, not only clings to her talking points as if her political life depends on it [which it does], but she also waxes unironically about herself, showing how giddy she is to get into the cabinet room and get an office.
Watch her spinning and weaving here:
The biggest punch in the throat to non-anglos, though–beyond her being responsible for sports, culture, heritage, women and the franco universe, all lumped together–is that this anglo represents the riding of Riel!
Do they have no one elected who could speak French?
Is there no Quebecois Harperite senator they could fly in and appoint to cabinet?
Or are they just content with cultivating disdain from people who would generally never vote for them anyway.
Right, the latter.
So Squires, with a distinctly English last name [but French-ish first name], is basically minister of people the government doesn’t care about.
Residents in St. Boniface are raising questions about Premier Brian Pallister’s choice to oversee francophone affairs in Manitoba — because the minister he chose does not speak French.
Rochelle Squires is a unilingual anglophone who represents the Winnipeg electoral district of Riel. She has a background in communications, journalism and fine arts and along with francophone affairs, she will oversee sport, culture and heritage as well as status of women in Pallister’s new cabinet.