Friday, March 12, 2010

Gilles Duceppe Woos the Ethnic Vote

"That means that Canada can continue to impose its multicultural ideology, the old Trudeau ideology, on Quebec."

-Gilles Duceppe, in the House of Commons yesterday.

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  • Welcome to Quebec -- land of the most racist canadians in the country, where their political leaders score points for bashing diversity.

    Criss de québécois!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:33 PM  

  • I expect that kind of anti-multicultural talk from Jacques Parizeau, or maybe even Pauline Marois, but I'm very, very surprised to hear it from Duceppe. Too bad :(

    By Anonymous Jacques Renard, at 6:25 PM  

  • Wow.

    By Blogger James Bowie, at 6:30 PM  

  • There's a thin line between racism and assertive and "protective" nationalism, and I think Duceppe, Parizeau, and others have crossed that line with alarming regularity.

    We shouldn't forget that the "old Trudeau ideology" of multiculturism was the quid pro quo for establishing bilingual rights throughout the country.

    The Bloc and PQ seem to be betraying french language rights for francophones living outside of Quebec. That's truly regretable, as francophones were responsible for a good part of the initial development of, especially, the West (the old "NorthWest Territory").

    We too often forget that, in Alberta, the first communities developed that weren't trading posts or "forts", were established by French Jesuit priests (St.Albert, Bishop Grandin).

    By Blogger Party of One, at 2:22 PM  

  • Let's give Duceppe some credit for telling the RoC that Quebec wants to stand on it's own and not be a have-not province burdening everybody with their equalization payments.

    The don't want to be "equal", they want to be a distinct society, a "nation" .. and for that they are willing to give up charity from the RoC and strike out on their own.

    Surely the dilute "federalists" in Quebec should be won over by Duceppe's appeal for a sovereign Quebec!

    I say good for Duceppe and Quebec too .. maitre chez vous ..!!!

    By Anonymous Nola, at 3:18 PM  

  • Yeah, and let's get away from the notion that "distinct" means "better"; it doesn't. It just means "seperate from", as in, a cat is distinct from a dog.

    I think anglophones have a tendency to conflate "distinct" to "distinctive", which often DOES at least imply superiority in English usage.

    People need to understand that similar words in different languages and cultures mean different things, in accordance with the historical usage and meaning of the word in the other culture. It's a form of "cultural imperialism" to refuse to acknowledge that.

    By Blogger Party of One, at 3:54 PM  

  • If Quebec somehow separated from Canada, I can see the Maritimes rushing down to Washington D.C. and negotiating a union with the USA ... that would involve maintaining replacement "equalization" payment for say 99 years. The Americans would jump at that opportunity.

    An independent Quebec could well lay claim to Labrador, and even invade and occupy it. Newfoundland would have no leg to stand on unless they also joined the USA with the Maritimes.

    The entire West from Manitoba to NWT to Yukon to BC would unite into an independent country rather than join the USA. Even NW Ontario might split to join the West.

    Ontario would be isolated to suffer in it's punishment for tolerating the Quebec extremists from the start. Ontario might try to form some kind of alliance with Quebec but not quite favourable to disparate Ontario.

    Is that the future of "Canada"..??!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:32 PM  

  • Anon 08:32 That's REALLY speculative. In the first place, isn't it Labrador that's producing hydro electricity for New York? I somehow doubt that the US would contenance an "invasion" by Quebec that threatens their interests.

    I also don't think it's too likely that Alberta would unite into an independent nation rather than join the USA.

    Finally, I don't know what you think Ontario could possibly do BESIDES tolerate the Quebec "extremists".

    Furthermore, keep in mind that extremists are, by definition, extreme, and therefore not representative of the province as a whole. They are, however, more "newsworthy" and therefore get an inordinate amount of press, leading those NOT familiar with Quebec to think that it's constantly on the verge of separation.

    By Blogger Party of One, at 9:43 PM  

  • Some how questioning the multiculturalism policy in Canada is racist? The only thing it has done is enforced the idea that we shoul;d tolerate difference in others instead of accepting other cultures.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:30 PM  

  • And multiculturalism has done what to stop racism?

    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/03/15/discrimination-poll-2010.html

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:12 AM  

  • Questioning the multiculturism policy in and of itself is NOT racist. Suggesting that it is an ideology "imposed" on pur laine Quebec francophones, in effect elevating the status of those francophones above those from other linguistic and cultural groups, IS racist.

    By Blogger Party of One, at 1:30 PM  

  • The policy put into place by Trudeau does raise certain groups above everybody else.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:24 PM  

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