Thursday, September 10, 2009

Separatists Giddy with Excitment

This weekend sovereignists will be holding a commemoration of the 250 year old defeat of the French forces and the loss of New France at the hands of the dastardly English on the Plains of Abraham. The event is presented by nationalists under the umbrella organization Le Moulin à Paroles as an alternative to the re-enactment of the battle itself which was cancelled due to threats of violence.

They will be reading poems, letters and historical accounts of Quebec history, all which will serve to foster the notion of Quebec as a victim.
  • Conquest
  • Colonialism
  • Victimisation
  • The Evil English
  • French language
  • Evil Federalists
  • FLQ
  • Sovereignty
  • blah.....blah...
While the province is abuzz with heated discussions, the rest of Canada remains snorefully oblivious to the serious debate surrounding the scheduled reading of the terrorist FLQ manifesto by Haitian born Quebec artist Luck Mervil.

Black sovereignists are precious and rare commodities in Quebec, so it's no wonder that Quebec's most integrated and inclusive of sovereignist organisations, Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste slapped him with the title of "Patriot of the Year" in 2005.

That means of course that Maka Kotto, the other visible minority of the separatist movement is sure to called upon to give a reading as well.

It's too bad that the event is coming so soon. For sovereignists, the run up is likely more exciting than the actual event.

For organisers, deciding to read the FLQ manifesto was a stroke of genius. When Premier Charest and Quebec City Mayor Regis Lebeame denounced the decision, it was sweet music to sovereignist ears.

Defending the honour of the event has been a labour of love with separatist bloggers cracking out 3,000 word pieces in defence of the sacred manifesto.

After all they remind us, history is history and deserves to be celebrated, warts and all.

Since there are few anglophones scheduled to read at the event, I offer my very humble services which comes complete with a wriitten text that just cries out to be heard.

On the off chance organisers refuse my generous offer, I include this important piece of Quebec history below, for your perusal.

It is the suicide note of Marc Lépine, the chap who murdered 14 women at the in the famous École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal back in 1989;
Forgive the mistakes, I had 15 minutes to write this.
Would you note that if I commit suicide today 89-12-06 it is not for economic reasons (for I have waited until I exhausted all my financial means, even refusing jobs) but for political reasons.

Because I have decided to send the feminists, who have always ruined my life, to their Maker.

For seven years life has brought me no joy and being totally blasé, I have decided to put an end to those viragos. I tried in my youth to enter the Forces as an officer cadet, which would have allowed me possibly to get into the arsenal and precede Lortie in a raid. They refused me because antisocial (sic). I therefore had to wait until this day to execute my plans. In between, I continued my studies in a haphazard way for they never really interested me, knowing in advance my fate. Which did not prevent me from obtaining very good marks despite my theory of not handing in work and the lack of studying before exams. Even if the Mad Killer epithet will be attributed to me by the media, I consider myself a rational erudite that only the arrival of the Grim Reaper has forced to take extreme acts. For why persevere to exist if it is only to please the government. Being rather backward-looking by nature (except for science), the feminists have always enraged me. They want to keep the advantages of women (e.g. cheaper insurance, extended maternity leave preceded by a preventative leave, etc.) while seizing for themselves those of men. Thus it is an obvious truth that if the Olympic Games removed the Men-Women distinction, there would be Women only in the graceful events. So the feminists are not fighting to remove that barrier. They are so opportunistic they neglect to profit from the knowledge accumulated by men through the ages. They always try to misrepresent them every time they can. Thus, the other day, I heard they were honoring the Canadian men and women who fought at the frontline during the world wars. How can you explain women were not authorized to go to the frontline??? Will we hear of Caesar's female legions and female galley slaves who of course took up 50% of the ranks of history, though they never existed. A real Casus Belli.

Sorry for this too brief letter.
Marc Lépine

Or how about this Jacques Parizeau pearl of a speech on the night of the referendum loss in 1995;
"My friends"
"It's lost, but not by much. But it's a success, it's a success in a way. Please, let's stop talking about the francophones of Quebec, would you? Let's talk about us: the 60% - those who voted for (independence). We fought well, and we ... we even showed clearly what we wanted. And we missed by a small margin, by a few tens of thousands of voices. Well, in a case like this, what do we do? We spit in our hands and start all over again.
"I really wanted this to go through. I wanted it so badly, like all of you, that it would get through. We were so close to a country. Well, it's been delayed a little ... not for long, not for long ... we won't wait 15 years this time ... no, no ..."
"It's true, it's true that we have been defeated, but basically by what? By money and ethnic votes, essentially.

So all it means is that, in the next round, instead of being 60 or 61 per cent to vote YES, we will be 63 or 64 per cent and it will suffice. That's all. But now my friends, in the months that will come, we are going to... Listen: Some people got so afraid that the temptation to take revenge is going to be something! And never again will it be more important to have a Parti Québécois government to protect us until the next time!"

After all, history is history!


  1. Good example of revealing history! I understand you wanted to show how history can be twisted somehow and publishing particular documents could be shocking but I support the idea that we shouldn't close our eyes and I would like to express my hope in peoples' sufficient rationality enabling them to see what went wrong and how it happened in order to avoid such a harmful behaviour in the future.