Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Little update on Q u é b e c Elections

When I woke up this morning I was pretty happy about  Quebec's election results.  They got rid of P. Marois and the péquistes.  The political strategists didn't chose the right tactics to win.  It was a mistake to copy right wings ideas from Europe.  

Friday, April 4, 2014

La belle p.r.o.v.i.n.c.e

This Monday, I returned once again to the Préfecture to sign another document (my name, husband's name, our parents names), the presence of my husband was mandatory, since it is a naturalization by marriage.  It took us 5 minutes top.  Then the fonctionnaire told us they will launch the precedure for investigation, and told us to not to be surprised if a policeman shows up at our house.  It was kind of shocking to hear that.  Who knows how long this process will last and if they will grant me the French passeport or not.  

Deep in my mind, I would really like to return home, but then again, I'm still here, because of this business we run in France.  

Sometimes I wonder how things would be if I return home.  Where would I live in Canada?  I grew up in Québec, in Outaouais, a region that is mainly "federalist", where a lot of people work for the Federal Government.  In Québec, the hope of forming a country still exists.  As immigrants, my parents never adhered to this concept.  Quebecers have the right to feel this way, it is part of their heritage. Then there was an opportunity for my parents to move to Ontario, just across the province border and they really like their new province, I followed them.  My sister, who chose to live in Montréal, wanted them to move closer to her when they will retire. 

I can help but watch regularly on TV5, the news from Montreal.  The ones who are in power in Québec, are the ones I hated so much.  After only one year and a half in place, the current prime minister of Québec (P.a.u.l.i.n.e M.a.r.o.i.s) is launching new elections for the province, to obtain majority.  She wants to create a "charter of values", I don't know if  this is the right term, but this charter mainly targets minorities.  All provincial public servants will not be allowed to show any regilious signs when working, i.e. hijabs, cross, kippas, etc.  This chart goes even against the "Canadian Charter of Rights and freedoms".  I don't live in Québec anymore, it's been more than 15 years since I left, but I grew up there, I am Québécoise, I have the accent. Québec, like the rest of Canada, has a lot of immigrants, they just want to be treated equally, like other citizens.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Verts de rage

These days I'm pretty obsessed with House of cards.  If you haven't heard of it, it is a politic series. There's a another show I enjoyed a lot, is Borgen, a danish serie.  The recurrent themes of those shows are lobbies, media, rumor, manipulations, schemes.  I think this isn't too far from reality.  

Our business is still suffering from the French government decisions, we are victims of political schemes and nuclear lobbies once again.  The state-owned energy  provider is taking action to suppress any growth of green energy in France.  French authority likes to say that our energy is the cheapest in Europe.  At what cost you think?  By preventing green energy to develop, and de facto destroying jobs.  Also, French government often deploys armed forces in Africa, not so much for freedom and helping out Africans, but to secure their uranium (for nuclear plants).  

Whether we vote for the left or the right wing here, the story repeats itself.  We had so much problems with governement laws for solar energy, since we have started, and now Holland has decided to cut off incentives without any notice.  To sum up, last year Holland decided to protect French solar panel industry, by limiting chinese solar panels imports.  He decided to give incentives to the ones who decide to buy european solar panels.  All solar installers and manifacturers followed, but we knew that they are playing with fire by not playing the rules of World Trade Organization, but now we are facing a back-out of the French government.  

The truth is that we are reaching a point where green energy costs less than nuclear energy.  Nuclear lobbyists don't even have to convince the government to cut off subsidies for green energy.  The governement owns partly E.D.FLots of studies have shown that green energy costs less than nuclear, plus, the impact on the environment is less destructive.  If a wind turbine is defective, it only takes a day to take it down.  How do we demolish a nuclear plant? The French don't have the answer.  They take down one piece at the time, put the pieces in bins, and dig a hole and throw the bins in it. 

Other european countries, like Germany took a green turn, since the Tchernobyl catastrophe. France on the other hand, prefers to pursue this nuclear madness.  The environmental party in France is too weak, and have no power whatsover.  We foolishly believed Holland when he said  that he will close down the oldest nuclear plant in Alsace, and he hasn't done anything yet.

If you read French, here's some infos:


Friday, January 31, 2014

Appointment at the Préfecture

Hi, just a quick update on the naturalization application.  I went today for my appointment at the préfecture and it went relatively quickly.  My husband had to be present.  The fonctionnaire took all my papers, but she wasn't enthusiastic about the photocopy of my father's birth certificate.  I told her that I have asked her colleagues by phone several times about not being able to provide an original copy, and it was also mentioned on their website that in some cases, photocopies of parent's birth certificates are accepted.  You can expect different informations from each fonctionnaires.  The other lady scratched one document off the list (of application dossier) and today this document was needed, our last income tax return.  I don't know if I've done enough so far, but it was a long process for me.  If I was born on a country where there was no war and easy access to civil registration, well the process would be a lot easier.  

Not a long time ago, you would have to hand in documents that are less than 3 months-old, which is impossible to do if you were born on a third world country.  Although things in Canada were not really fast either, for my criminal record, it took me more than 3 months to get it. (from finger prints at the Embassy and the waiting period from Ottawa). I'm glad that I made my application through a small "sous-préfecture".  The Préfeture in Lille is too crowded.  I can't imagine applying in Paris.  The fonctionnaire told me that they have only one naturalization application to process and it was mine, that's how small the sous-préfecture is, or maybe people are not in a hurry to apply for citizenship.

That's it for now, I will have to wait several months, or years?!  En tout cas, le sort en est jeté.

*fonctionnaire = public servant

Monday, January 27, 2014

It's about time for an update!

My husband asked when I will post something on my blog.  I've tried several times unsuccessfully.  Let's start with what I was up to since last December.  

A quick overview :

-A little get-away in the Netherlands for the new year.  My husband suggested Germany, but instead we went with "familiar", so Amsterdam it was.

-Then, we had a one-day trip to Paris to legalize my birth certificates, mine and my parents.  I got to visit the C.a.m.b.o.d.i.a.n embassy.  I can't believe that there was so many people lining up for a visa.  We then headed to the Canadian embassy, there was nobody and the security check was ridiculous excessive, similar to an airport.  I had to wait 30 minutes because some girl needed her birth certificate to be legalized.  She seemed in distress because she only had a copy of her birth certificate and not the original. Apparently, she wanted to apply for health care in France and they needed the document to be legalized.  When I first arrived in 2005, nobody asked for a legalized document, just a birth certificate and I had the "carte de séjour" rapidly.  We also slashed a tire on a sidewalk in Paris while parking (I was not driving), but managed to return home without a problem. Let's just say that my trip Paris didn't come cheap. And now our car needs to be checked too for its 65 000 km. So January is the month of spendings, with "les Soldes" (sales clearing), so I'm totally broke.  What a great way to start a year.

-The winter is really mild so I'm not complaining.  

-I drove 700 km so far, with my husband.  Two more months, and I can pass the driving test.  I am still struggling to park.  I have to stick a logo behind the car to let everybody know that I am a "learner".  And that encourages other drivers to be aggressive.  In Canada, we don't have to put a "learner" sign. 

-I have an appointment this Friday with the Préfecture to drop my naturalization application.  My husband has to come too because it is a naturalization by marriage. I'm annoyed by the whole process and I'm pretty sure they will ask for another ramdom document. 

So, that pretty much it for now.

ps: Here's a few pictures of Amsterdam, it was rainy and grey, but never boring.