And now, the much needed explanation. I will try to write it from an impartial point of view.

I first wrote this short story as a joke, showing a totalitarian Quebec sixty years after the law was passed.

A brief history of modern Quebec:

The famous "first law" is the 101 law which forbids a child to attend school in English if neither of said child's parents have been to an English school in Canada. Technically, a child who has been schooled in English, in Canada should be allowed to go to an English school in Quebec but the government still won't let you, going against its own law. The second side of it prohibits any sign from being in English. The sign's message must be in French and if you want to put English on it, it must be half the size of the French words.

This 101 Law was passed in August 1977 by the PQ and caused the exodus of many Anglophones families who had been in Quebec since the eighteenth century. The big companies packed up and left for Toronto with most of the families, which is in part why Toronto is Canada's biggest city. There were manifestations, but they didn't change anything.

A meager two percent of Quebecers go to school in English. Many schools had close their doors.

What is the PQ? The "Parti Québécois" is a party that wants French Canadian supremacy and the recognition of Quebec as a country. They held referendums in 1980 and in 1995 to separate from Canada; obviously, they lost twice but they're not letting go. Their unofficial stance is that they lost their second referendum because of Anglos and ethnic immigrants.

English, even if it is Canada's official language, is hardly taught in Quebec: Only in high school and only colors, counting to twenty and regular verbs. I have spent the last three years learning the same past participles over and over again.

Nowadays, more people speak Arab than English in Quebec. When two friends walking down a street speak English, it is not uncommon for them to get sideward glances.

I have to admit, though, and this is the key point of the explanation: For a long time, it was the other way around. Francophones couldn't get good jobs because they didn't speak English. All signs were in English. Traditionally, the Anglophones were the rich, high-placed people while the Francophones were the poor, working-hand class. This changed with the law, granting more equal job opportunities and such. Francophones are no longer the working class; some of them even make more money than Anglophones, something inconceivable thirty years ago.

And that explains why the law was brought upon in the first place and why the PQ was founded (they wanted to be represented by fellows French-Canadians).

Now that you have taken the time to read both story and explanation, do you understand When the First Law Was Passed better?