Friday, June 09, 2006


Chantal Hebert has a great column in the Star today relating her experiences as an obviously French Canadian during the 1970 October Crisis. A great read, check it out.


At 6/09/2006 10:19 p.m., Blogger Bizarro said...

I can empathize and sympathize with Chantal, having been an Anglophone who had moved to live deep in Quebec at the same time. I know, however, that my French was never as good as her English. But then, no Squarehead ever is.
It is useful, however, to also recall past difficulties with homegrown terrorism. Life teaches lessons with each passing day...and that is one thing that never stops.

At 6/10/2006 6:32 a.m., Anonymous macadavy said...

Thanks for pointing us to this article. I grew up in northern Quebec, doubly damned as both an anglo and a protestant. (The Irish might be anglo, but at least they were catholic!)
Things defrosted a little for this 'bloc de glace' after the 'revolution tranquille' in the sixties, and I found myself living in eastend Montreal in October of '67. As brother unionists and fellow Neo-Democrates got 'disappeared' into the QPP's Parthenais St. jail (no warrents, no charges, no habeas corpus) and VanDoos, fresh back from Cyprus, took to the streets of Montreal in armoured cars, FN-7s at port arms, I felt I was living in some Kafkaen nightmare... I've never seen my beloved country in quite the same light ever again. I'd go on about my experiences as a gay man way back when, but that's a whole 'nother story! Bigotry cuts both ways, and its never pretty.

At 6/10/2006 6:44 a.m., Anonymous macadavy said...

Ooops! Make that October of 1970, of course - '67 was Expo and the summer of love, and I was sweet sixteen! Oo-la-la!

At 6/10/2006 7:28 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ryan Ringer
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
"I'm a 21 year old university student. I was a Progressive Conservative before they merged with the Canadian Alliance, and am now a proud Liberal."

Umm, yeah, whatever. Is it the lowlife sleazebags like Volpe you are most proud of? Or is it a turncoat like Brison who skulked away and took his toys when he was defeated for the leadership? Or is it the fact that you are now a member of a party which may well choose Iggy as leader, a man who views are well to the right of Harper's thereby confirming that the Liberal Party is nothing more than a bunch of useful idiots which the inbred billionaires of the central Canadian establishment use as their vehicle to control public policy in this country all for the purpose of enriching themselves even more.

From the coward Trudeau, who hid whimpering behind his mother's skirt while thousands of Canadian heroes went to Europe and took care of the monsters, to the thieving little bully from Shawinigan, acollection of Canada's most useless pieces of shit.

At 6/10/2006 8:46 p.m., Anonymous burlivespipe said...

actually, i think throwing mindless slurrs behind the moniker of 'anonymous' fits in right with people who hide behind skirts, whether they are your mother's or father's, and would likely have been among the mindless pointing out their parents during Mao's cultural revolutionaries.

At 6/10/2006 11:52 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhhh, burlivespipe, you don't like anonymous, how about Zamfir's flute?" Now that my moniker identifies me as much as yours does you, let's move on to mindless. Hmmm, an ad hominem argument, which by definition is mindless, resulting in a double negative, thanks for the compliment.

Which argument would you care to tackle? Please address by number.

1. Volpe is greasy.

2. Brison joined the Liberals after losing the leadership of the PC party, although not before voting in favour of a merger he then claimed was his reason for leaving.

3. Ignatieff, supports the war in Iraq, torture, and a role for the state far smaller than that which the state plays in Canada today.

4. (paraphrase) The Liberal party and it's leadership candidates have been financed (donations or loans) by extremely wealthy and entrenched corporate interests. Power, Bell Globemedia, Thomson etc.

5. Trudeau was of the age and physical fitness for service in our armed forces during world war II, but did not serve.

6. Jean Chretien has a fortune estimated at 20 million dollars, despite having spent almost all of his working life in the public sector, the vast majority at salaries under 100k, with a few years between 100k and 200k, without a lottery win to his credit.

At 6/11/2006 7:29 p.m., Blogger ottlib said...

Zamfir's flute:

"Volpe is greasy" True but Mr. Vellacott is a mindless bigot and Conservatives keep him around just like Liberals keep Mr. Volpe around.

Mr. Brison's defection still pisses you off after all of this time doesn't it? My advice, get over it. You don't hear Liberals still crying about the defection of Mr. Emerson do you?

Your statements about Dr. Ignatieff are hardly original. If you are trying to not sound mindless come up with something that does not parrot what has already been said many, many, many, many, many times before.

Your statement about Liberal financing is true and yet it was a Liberal PM that passed the law that cut off that financing. The same PM you labeled a thief. The irony is delicious.

Trudeau did not serve in WW 2 and neither did most Quebecers who could have. They did not think it was their war. You obviously dislike Trudeau for this so can I assume that you dislike Quebecers in general for the same reason?

Jean Chretien is a wealthy man certainly and you seem to believe that he got it from thievery. Leaving aside the slanderous nature of your speculation what you seem to forget is during the period where he left politics he served on many Boards of Canadian corporations. Since Board members tend to get paid seven figure salaries it tends to add up after awhile.

Finally, what does all of the above have to do with the topic of this post? Was there some hidden code in your posts that we can decipher to hear your opinions on bigotry? The Zamfir Code perhaps? It does not roll of the tongue like the Di Vinci Code but what can you do?


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