Lawyer Brent Tyler is an English-rights crusader, who yesterday scored an amazing victory for choice in Quebec.
Tyler persuaded a Quebec court to strike down as unconstitutional Bill 104, a law which made it illegal for francophone children -- who previously attended private English-language schools -- to attend English public schools.
This now provides a "loophole" for francophone parents who wish to send their kids to English public schools.
Predictably, Quebec's political and intellectual elite are outraged.
"There is a consensus in Quebec as to the necessity to preserve the French language in Quebec," said Cultural Affairs Minister Christine St. Pierre, the minister responsible for the administration of the language law.
In other words, the preservation of French in Quebec is more important than the federal rights charter and more important than individual freedom.
But does St. Pierre really believe the French language is so fragile that permitting parents the choice of sending their kids to English schools will destroy it?
If French is truly that frail, no amount of dictatorial laws will save it.
Anyway, congrats to Brent Tyler -- though the fight is far from over, as this will likely be appealed to the Supreme Court.
And by the way, somebody should ask Prime Minister Stephen Harper where he stands on this case.
While he was president of the National Citizens Coalition, he sent Tyler money to finances similar court challenges.
Wonder if he has changed his mind since then?