Now in the news in Canada is the fact that Quebec’s Marois PQ government is ready to introduce their new values charter which would potentially limit many Quebec minority groups’ religious freedoms.
Don Macpherson, of the Montreal Gazette is quoted in a recent report, calling the values charter “sinister, ridiculous and pathetic.”http://blogs.montrealgazette.c
He stated in his Tuesday’s column.”If the PQ wants to reduce the Quebec charter to an object of ridicule, this is a good way to do it,”
“It is based on the premise that the values held by an overwhelming majority of Quebecers are so weak and unappealing that they must be imposed by law on the tiny minorities among them that wear religious headgear.”
You said it Mr. Macpherson. Once again the Montreal Gazette got it right. What would those weak and appealing values be? Ones based on Catholicism? What symbols will be left undisturbed, Catholic ones?
Yahoo! Canada News, quotes Montreal-based political scientist Bruce Hicks regarding the ongoing struggle for Quebecers to define nationalism.
The rejection of ethnic nationalism in favour of civic nationalism is a recent phenomenon not just in Quebec, so there is a generational divide. Younger people are more likely to accept being part of a civic nation while older people who have always tied their identity to their cultural heritage and ancestral roots (n Quebec’s case going back to New France, the so-called «pure laine») will be slow to accept ethnic diversity within their ‘nation.’
Yes, pure laine. Even some people from Quebec haven’t heard of this.
As I stated in my book,…in 2006, in a controversial article in one of Canada’s national newspapers, The Globe and Mail, journalist Jan Wong pointed out that of the three shooting rampages that have occurred in postsecondary institutions in Canada, all of them have happened in Montreal. In the piece entitled “Get Under The Desk”, Wong, who grew up in the city, pointed out that each of the three gunmen were not “pure laine” or “pure” francophone. While each killer was mentally disturbed, Wong said that because of the decades-long language struggle, each one “had been marginalized by a society that valued pure laine”. Wong was roundly pilloried for what she wrote, especially in Quebec, despite remarks like the infamous statement of the province’s highest elected official, Premier Jacques Parizeau, who, after the failed 1995 referendum, blamed “money and the ethnic vote“
Both Jan Wong and the Globe and Mail have never apologized for the sentiments expressed, though other journalists in the province disagreed with what was said.
What Pauline Marois is doing is not much of a shock then, as I pointed out in my book, her party, the Parti Quebecois,
…came from a secret Catholic group founded in the 1920s by French members of the Roman Catholic clergy. Nicknamed La Patente, or “the gimmick“, the organization was anti-Semitic, anti-English, anti-Protestant, anti-foreigner and closely aligned to the leadership of the Catholic Church. In 1941, one French journalist described it as “the Ku Klux Klan of French Canada“.
As Andy Radia concluded in his article, (http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blog