A few months ago, after learning Bernard Lord was leading a task force to "review the state of bilingualism in Canada", I wrote a column predicting he would "recommend doling out money to minority language groups."
Well now the report is out and guess what: I was right.
Lord, in fact, is calling upon the federal government to spend about $1 billion over the next five years to help promote both official languages.
Somewhere Pierre Trudeau is smiling.
What Lord doesn't get, of course, is that the Trudeau vision of a bilingual Canada is nothing but a myth. The cold reality is that Canada is not a bilingual country and spending billions of tax dollars won't change that.
That's a fact Stephen Harper used to understand.
I should know, I ghost wrote the op-ed for him in which he declared: "As a religion, bilingualism is the god that failed. It has led to no fairness, produced no unity, and cost Canadian taxpayers untold millions."
Nowadays, however, Stephen has abandoned his skepticism about this bilingualism god. Now, on the contrary, he happily kneels down and worships it.
And he will just as happily sacrifice a billion dollars on its altar, in the hopes that such devotion will be rewarded with votes.
Mind you, it won't work because bilingualism is still a false god.
That's something even the Lord can't change -- as in Bernard Lord.