Monday, March 28, 2011

Le Quebec a le pouvoir de changer les choses

Michael Ignatieff reminds us that he was the one who plunged us into the very unpleasant "nation" debate:

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4 Comments:

  • I was expecting Ignatieff's monologue in the commercial to go, "Thanks to me, Michael Chong will never be a cabinet minister."

    By Blogger Daniel, at 11:41 AM  

  • The bottom line is to defeat Harper and win the election. If pandering to Quebec to scoop up more votes is what it takes, then so be it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:11 PM  

  • Too bad Iggy has such a heavy Parisian (as opposed to Quebecois or even mid-Atlantic) accent in French. He sounds like he is running to be in Sarkozy's cabinet.

    By Blogger DL, at 3:11 PM  

  • DL, only the most intolerant Qu├ębec nationalists (hello, Vivian Barbot!) would give a rat's ass about the quality of his accent. Ignatieff is lucid in french and colloquial enough.

    This isn't pandering, by the way, this is reality. Canada is a presence here, and a welcome part of most Quebeckers' identity. But the message that you don't need to choose or declare Canadian identity first and foremost (if that doesn't suit you) is a good one, and one that shows he understands how we view ourselves here.

    Don't be offended or anything. There is pride and love and shared commitment to the country (as witnessed by the outpouring of support to Manitoba during the terrible floods of '97 for example). People here just want to be faithful to their heritage, and be accepted and understood by the ROC (Rest of Canada) for the most part. The lunatic fringe is louder than the reasonable majority.

    By Blogger Scott in Montreal, at 2:02 AM  

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