Monday, November 2, 2009

101,000 Called Upon to Protest Supreme Court Decision - 60 Show Up.

In a piece entitled 101,000 Quebeckers in the Street retired FLQ terrorist Pierre Schneider called for a massive demonstration in front of the offices of Montreal lawyer Brent Tyler, the man who argued and won the Supreme Court decision overturning Quebec's Bill 104.

French language zealots remain furious that the law that plugged a loophole in Bill 101, allowing families to circumvent the law that previously disqualified their children from receiving an English education, had been overturned.

While they rage at the Supreme Court, militants conveniently forget that the case had already been adjudicated by Quebec courts, (twice) with the families winning each time.
After the Quebec court of Appeals, the province's highest court, ruled against the government, there were no demonstrations at all.
Perhaps it makes sense. Who would protesters protest against?

But ever since the big bad Supreme Court of Canada confirmed the decision, it's off to the races for the fanatics.
It's time to blame the English!!!

If you are thinking that my headline calling Mr. Schneider a terrorist is a case of hyperbole or journalistic exaggeration, you are wrong.

Mr. Schneider is truly a retired FLQ terrorist who served time for the placement of a bomb which exploded in the hands of police officer Walter Leja, who was trying to dismantle it, in Westmount on May 18, 1963.

Today Mr. Schneider is rehabilitated, yet unrepentant.
He is an editor at the Montreal daily newspaper "Le Journal de Montreal" and has shifted his support to the Réseau de Résistance du Québécois (RRQ,) one of Quebec's most militant sovereignist/French language groups.

His call for 101,000 demonstrators is symbolic, the reality is that these demonstrations usually bring out less than a couple of hundred people.

This time estimates of the crowd pegged the demonstrators at about 60, of which a fair number were undercover police officers.

By the way, does it annoy you as much as it does me, that this unrepentant ex-terrorist is free?

Had he committed his terrorist act in the U.S. he'd still be making license plates.

1 comment:

  1. Nobody ever manifest here if there is no direct money involved.

    Manifesting (if it is a word) is seeing as beeing as a student thing. A poor thing, a useless thing, a pejorative thing.

    In Europe, they manifest (if it is a verb) a lot more for their rights.