I'm sorry ... excuse me?
TORONTO, CHICOUTIMI, QUE., KITCHENER, ONT. — Stephen Harper has offered a symbolic carrot to Quebec cultural nationalists, promising to enshrine the francophone representation on the body that regulates Canada's airwaves.
The promise, which the Conservative Leader unveiled in a speech in Chicoutimi, Que., Wednesday night, would see the job of chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission alternate from English to French speakers, while the two vice-chair jobs would be held by one English speaker and one French speaker.
The chair's job already typically alternates, but the Conservatives want to make that a legal requirement.
Apparently, having savagely opposed them for years, conservatives are suddenly big fans of quotas. Who knew?
P.S. Dear Quebec nationalists: That symbolic carrot? Yeah, Stephen's going to be wanting that back at some point.