Posts Tagged ‘marois’

Violence and aggressive…

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

… behaviour directed at Québec Anglos?

On the evening of September 22, Mr. G., a 17-year old young man was walking with his cousins in St. Léonard, an east-end neighbourhood in Montreal. They were speaking English. A young adult male confronted them and said, in French, “You’re not allowed to speak English here.” When the cousins attempted to move on, the thug attacked Mr. G with two punches to the face. The group then fled to avoid further violence.

This was not the first incident of this kind. On September 12, 48-year old Alex Montreuil was at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal for a CT scan. He went to the hospital cafeteria and ordered a sandwich. He says he explained to the woman making the sandwiches – in English – that he was violently allergic to tomatoes, and asked that she change the gloves she was wearing before making his sandwich in case there were traces of tomato on them from precious handling. She complied.

Montreuil was eating his sandwich in the company of a friend when a 30-something woman approached their table. According to Montreuil, she screamed in French, “Here we speak French, not English.” Montreuil says he responded, “In my city, in my country, I can speak the language of my choice.”

The argument escalated and the woman withdrew for a few minutes. When she returned, she threw a tomato sandwich at Montreuil’s face. Within moments, his face and body were swelling dangerously. The woman was arrested and may be charged with criminal assault.

This is disturbing if true and not just isolated incidents (we statisticians call them “outliers”).

But still…

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Madame Marois and the PQ…

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

… are quickly losing credibility.

Contradictions and confusion in the Parti Québécois’ referendum strategy have come back to haunt Pauline Marois’s campaign, fueling attacks against the sovereigntist leader’s evolving plan to transform her province into an independent country.

Personally, I don’t think Marois could transform a kettle of water into tea, let alone a province into a country. But that’ll be for the voters to decide.

Ms. Marois argued that while her party would allow citizens to initiate a referendum on sovereignty, the government and the Quebec National Assembly would have a veto over whether or not to proceed with the vote.

Her position contradicts comments she made last February when the PQ Leader accepted that the government would be required to hold a citizen-initiated referendum on sovereignty if 15-per cent of eligible voters – about 850,000 people – signed a petition in favour of a vote.

Flippedly-flop! Just like a pancake on a Sunday morning.

And how about having to take a language test before being allowed to run for public office? That’s rich! And it is discriminatory too… would for sure lose a Charter challenge.

Oh wait! She has flapjacked on that too?

The apparent flip-flop was not unlike the one taken earlier this week over another controversial PQ position involving a Quebec Citizenship Bill. On Tuesday, Ms. Marois said that the bill would require a citizen wanting to run for public office in Quebec to have adequate knowledge of French. The proposal would violate both the Canadian and the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms, experts said.

The PQ moved quickly to clarify its position, saying the requirement would only apply to new immigrants. But the damage was already done, forcing Ms. Marois to fend off accusations of intolerance towards cultural minorities.

What a piece of work! Their bumbling is starting to look similar to that of the gong show to the south called the Republican Party!

I wonder what Premier Charest is going to do during his next term in office.

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