Living in 'la belle province' can have its advantages and disadvantages especially with regards to what side of the political coin you fall on. You see, Canadians as a whole, well we are not exactly known for our patriotism unless of course its a sporting event. No, we tend to be very timid and will often express ourselves by our parents cultural heritage and leanings. For instance, I might identify myself as half Italian, half Irish/Scottish with some french Canadien blood. This of course can cause at times a lack of patriotic unity especially in Canada, where the Quebecois have more or less a monopoly on patriotism. To be fair, there is nothing wrong with being patriotic, and at times we can use some of our American friends' zeal,.(I often think of Hulk Hogan's entrance music,..'I am a Real American')in order to foster better Canadian unity!
But alas,I'm what you consider an 'allophone' living in the most xenophobic part of North America! Sometimes our language laws can compare with pre confederate union US states! You think I'm kidding? Well,.it is illegal for me to publish material in English even if my entire company was majority english,..Ici,.C'est en francais!
So this brings me to this week's rant,..err sorry blog post. Gilles Duceppe, the leader of the Bloc Quebecois, travelled to Washington in order to meet with 'high level' members of the government and various think tanks. Well,.of course, Mr Duceppe, the separatist, barely made a dent in the politcal fabric if he was even mentioned at all. What I find most interesting is the fact that none of the local media went with him and instead relied on BQ and PQ (Parti Quebecois) spin doctors and campaign managers to declare what a success the trip was! The media outlets here, namely the Peladeau inspired 'nationalist' (that's code for separatist) newspapers were too eager to print their versions of revisionist politics. Smashing success! Duceppe meets with high level diplomats were some of the articles. The reality however is much different,..It barely made the ticker on CNN, (As a matter of fact, I wonder aloud if it actually did!)
Once a month, I take one post and laugh at the separatists, because, well, I can. The economic downturn experienced in this province during the 1980s is well documented. The sad reality, at the provincial level, is that there is no real alternative to the governing liberal party of Quebec. Jean Charest as corrupt as he is, will still have the vote of all anglophones, majority allophones, and at least one third of the francophones. In an interesting development, Marois's numbers plunged when two former PQ ministers threw out the idea of creating a nationalist party and shelving separation, and according to polls they would come in!!!!!
Remember, Je me souviens,..the international community laughs at you. You are not comparable to the Palestinian cause,.The USA doesn't care,..Y'know,.like or not, at least I'm telling you the truth!
G.K. Chesterton,.....pray for us!