7 April 2014

Language and politics, Ukraine and Quebec

Language and politics often go together. Language is often as much a political weapon as a means of communication.  Ukraine and Quebec are examples. For a fascinating glimpse into the tensions of Ukraine, if you understand Russian, watch today’s episode of ShusterLive.

I was treated to political debate in front of 6 students from Donetsk who had visited Kviv, and 6 students from Lviv who had visited Donetsk, on an exchange sponsored by the Donbass hockey team in the KHL. I was pleased to see Ruslan Fedotenko there, two time Stanely Cup champion  with New York and Tampa Bay, and  currently captain of Donetsk hockey team. The politicians included the first President of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk, and various politicians from both Western and Eastern Ukraine.

The most sensible people were the students, who said little, but made a lot of sense, whereas the politicians looked like they are quite incapable of resolving anything or finding a compromise.

Meanwhile, Quebec voters rejected the call of the nationalists, and voted for stability. I have the feeling, based on the students I saw on ShusterLive, that if the politicians and hot heads got out of the way, normal citizens in Ukraine would also prefer stability.

 

 

 

One Comment

  1. Posted May 4, 2014 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    Language identity politics have reached a new high in Ukraine. France has not used language identity as an excuse to invade Canada.

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