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Monday, July 08, 2013

Quebec gets the government it deserves

Sometimes it's hard to believe the stories about Quebec politics that one reads in the media - it seems that Quebec's political class is bent on committing harakiri and making the entire province die with honour rather than submit to reality.

How else to explain the strange case of Michel Brulé, who is currently running for mayor of Montreal after the sitting mayor resigned in disgrace and his interim replacement was taken away in handcuffs by the police?  M Brulé is upset by, among other things, the unpleasant English language and Paul McCartney:
He has written extensively in the past about English, which he says is not a nice language. For example, he points to the capitalized first-person singular in English — “I” — as a sign of individualism.
In a recent piece for Le Devoir — titled “For or against Anglo-American cultural imperialism?” — he bemoans the omnipresence of English culture and says the language of Paul McCartney is also the language of the genocide of aboriginal peoples and the Acadian deportations.
Brulé is upset that McCartney, a member of the oppressor class, was allowed to perform on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City in 2008:
“Sir Paul, representative of England — which is responsible for the genocide of 40 million Amerindians, the deportation of the Acadians and the assimilation of French-Canadians after so many demands to ‘Speak White’ — made an amnesiac people dance for a few hours.”
But it is Brulé's opinion of Americans that especially makes one raise one's eyebrow. M Brulé, who is, judging by his picture, not exactly a slim man himself, said in an interview with the newspaper Metro that he considers citizens of our neighbours to the south to be "obese, ignorant, uncultured dummies":
“If I say Americans are a bunch of big, obese, imbecilic, ignorant, uncultured dummies, it’s the truth,” he told the newspaper.
“Of course it’s sure bet that out of 303 million Americans, there are maybe 50 million who aren’t like that. But, collectively, they’re still a bunch of uncultured imbeciles.
Since M Brulé is so enlightened himself, he must be aware that last year almost 21 million US tourists visited Canada, and that in 2011 the tourism industry generated $21.4 billion in tax revenue to the federal and provincial governments (including the government of Quebec). Foreign visitors to Canada (over 25 million visits in 2011) generated $78.8 billion to the Canadian economy  in 2011.

Presumably M Brulé would be delighted if 21 million US tourists (84% of all our foreign visitors) stopped coming to Canada (and especially Quebec) and fouling the place with their obese, imbecilic, ignorant, uncultured carcasses and throwing their disgusting US dollars around the place. The people of Montreal could enjoy their city in peace and quiet and set up their socialist Utopia free from the distractions of the Anglo-Saxon bourgeoisie and all their money. Maybe the Parti Quebecois could run an independent Quebec at public expense like an exclusive historic theme park for tourists from France. That would be about the only alternative to a functioning economy in Michel Brulé's world. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It also gets the money it deserves. Under liberal rule Quebec used to get a whopping 12 billion a year in transfer payments. Now under conservative rule they only get 17 billion a year. Under liberal rule they used to be the province of Quebec. Now under conservative rule they're only the Nation of Quebec.