Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Bernard Landry and the "but-we-copulated-with-other-peoples-hundreds-of-years-ago" defense against charges of modern xenophobia

Bernard Landry is sooooooo angry by reports from English-language media in the rest of Canada about the possible kippah/turban/hijab ban. He says that they are calling Quebec xenophobic and racist. In fact, they are calling the proposed law and it's proponents xenophobic and racist -- not Quebec as a whole.

But putting that aside, he can't understand why they would call "Quebec" (however defined) xenophobic. Don't they know French settlers knocked up some first nations women 300 years ago? Don't they know they later wooed Irish women?

It's the "but-we-copulated-with-other-peoples-hundreds-of-years-ago" defense against charges of modern xenophobia! No matter what the proposed law, you can mention that you great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather did the nasty with local women not of your colour/race/religion and then your proposed law becomes awesome! Not at all racist!

Here are Landry's comments:
"It's infuriating but it's so pathetic to go and say that Quebec is xenophobic and racist — when from the start of our national adventure we intermingled with Amerindians. The majority of us have Amerindian roots, one-quarter of us have Irish roots, we have had six premiers of Irish origin. What are these people talking about? Why are they so misinformed in the rest of Canada? ... 
He also mentions one African-born member of the PQ. And one Latino member of the BQ. That's great, but, again, this isn't a get out of jail free card, Bernie.
"Do they think our culture minister was born on Ile d'Orleans? It's (Cameroonian native) Maka Kotto. We (the PQ) elected the first black person in the Quebec national assembly. The Bloc Québécois elected the first Latino to the Parliament of Canada. They should open their eyes."
Maybe President Putin will use this strategy in defense of his anti-gay law and reveal that his great-uncle had a same-sex fling with the local Czarist official. If it worked for Bernie, maybe it will work for Vlad.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Charter of Quebec Values: explained

I wish the PQ has the courage to explain it this way. Until then, here is a fake video.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Parti Québécois to table ‘Quebec Charter of Value Meals’

Parti Québécois to table ‘Quebec Charter of Value Meals’
August 25, 2013

Minister Drainville worried about how much
space some foods take on Quebec menus.
(Photo: The Gazette)
QUEBEC CITY—The minority government of Premier Pauline Marois wants to prohibit public employees from eating items such as shish taouk, butter chicken, and some types of pizza as part of a value meal--sometimes called combos, or trios--in a broad ban that could extend from elementary and university teachers to nurses and child-care workers.

The minister responsible for the Quebec Charter of Value Meals, Bernard Drainville, says that in the battle to safeguard French-Quebec culture, previous governments have underestimated the role of reasonably-priced fast food on the minds of the nation.

The PQ is expected to table new rules in the fall, following the passage of the previously announced Quebec Charter of Values.

“It will not only provide clear rules and a framework for which foods public-sector employees are allowed to buy, it will also affirm a number of foods that a vast majority of Quebecers enjoy such as cheese, tourtière, and pouding chômeur,” Drainville said. “I am confident we can have this debate in a respectful manner, in a serene manner.”

Yet just last week, Drainville was among those who sparked a debate on value meals when he opposed a decision by Tim Horton’s to introduce smoked meat at their concessions inside Quebec government institutions. Drainville argued against giving minority foods privileges denied to other foods, like poutine, not on the menu.

Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard questioned the need to revisit the issue of value meals.

“If the aim explicitly or not is to divide Quebecers again I am not in agreement at all,” Couillard said. “This issue about adding smoked meat to a menu is for the bellies of  Quebecers to decide.”

But Drainville argues the government has a responsibility to ensure the primacy of Quebec foods.

“As a society, we cannot allow our native dishes to be overtaken by those from other parts of the world,” Drainville said. “I have nothing against smoked meat. Indeed, some of my best friends eat smoked meat. I am only concerned by how much space these foods take on our menus.”

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Help give Quebec a proper French name

Join me in forcing the PQ government to change the name of our province, which I have always found too Algonquin-ish. 

Once the language inspectors start poking around the government itself, I trust Premier Marois will take the courageous stand and rename our home something more French. I propose Ici

(If Radio-Canada complains it is too similar to their new name, Premier Marois should explain that [1] Quebec never approved their name change, and [2] Quebec doesn't recognize it.)

Here's my complaint letter to the language inspectors: I am disturbed by the widespread use of the Algonquin word 'Québec'. I have seen it on many signs related to commercial, educational, and healthcare And also on many government offices including: 75 boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest, 125 rue Sherbrooke Ouest . Even in Quebec City at 1045 Rue des Parlementaires. I am a proud language sentinnel, I urge you to protect us from the Algonquin influence.

You can complain too using the OLQF's very advanced Word doc or (non-fillable) PDF.