Friday, September 04, 2009

Bernard Landry: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Landry to immigrants: "Fuck you"

Much like Bloc Quebecois leader Gille Duceppes' message to non-Quebecois francophones, former Quebec Premier Bernard Landry has a message for immigrants in La Belle Province:

"Go fuck yourself."

That was esentially what Landry had to say to Quebec immigrants today -- much to the likely chagrin of PQ leader Pauline Marois -- when he insisted that immigrants to Quebec and the children of immigrants to Quebec needed to be provided the option of attending French-only Universities -- or no post-secondary education at all.

Today, Landry insisted that the ever-popular Bill 101 needed to be extended to the provinces Colleges and Universities -- which would essentially make it unlawful to teach in any language other than French.

This, naturally, presents two problems for Marois:

Problem number one is that it simply reminds Quebeckers of the racist and retrograde nature of the Parti Quebecois, and the Quebec separatist movement as a whole. Landry's comments were a response to recent news that more allophones than uni-lingual francophones have been enrolling in schools in Montreal.

Apparently, for Landry, the notion that Quebec students would speak both of Canada's official languages is threatening to the primacy of French in Quebec.

The second problem is related to the second -- namely, that to achieve future electoral successes (let alone an affirmative sovereignty vote) the PQ needs significant support from immigrant communities.

Which, naturally, won't happen so long as Bernard Landry tells them that they may be educated in French and only French -- essentially telling linguistic and ethnic minorities to go fuck themselves in the name of francophone primacy.

So far as unwise and racialized politics go, this is about as bad as it gets.

5 comments:

  1. Fuck Patrick, what an excellent post! Well done. The intro was masterful & it kept me reading (and chortling) til the very end.
    Again... well done.

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  2. I tend to think of these separatist leaders as being a lot like "Dick Cheney: Wal Mart Greeter".

    Go fuck yourself.
    Go fuck yourself.
    Go fuck yourself.

    And such.

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  3. This reminds me very much of Parizeau's famous drunken defeat speech after the referendum in '95: "It's true, it's true that we have been defeated, but basically by what? By money and ethnic votes, essentially."

    That being said Landry is a tool... He promotes unilingualism while he himself speaks 3 languages.

    But I don't see his telling immigrants to fuck themselves as a bad thing, I see this perhaps as the eye opener that some people needed to see the actual nature of the party and what it has always stood for.

    Fuck Landry and the horse he rode in on.

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  4. @Muchacho Enfermo - AMEN Brother, AMEN!

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  5. I wonder if it would violate Landry's Charter rights to load him on a rocket ship to the moon.

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