Parizeau Chooses Anglo HospitialEx-PQ Premier, Jacques Parizeau is putting paid to the argument that Montreal's officially bilingual hospitals treat only Anglophones. Pulling a 'Danny Williams,' Monsieur Parizeau checked into the Jewish General Hospital for treatment for a rapid drop in blood pressure. In attack after attack, nationalist claim that the government is spending too much money on these hospitals because of the small proportion of the general population that Anglophones represent.
I'm sure that for many nationalists, Mr Parizeau's decision to seek the best medical care in an Anglo institution is somehow treasonous and a stab in the heart to the sovereignty movement. We wish Mr. Parizeau a 'prompt re-établissement' and a hearty 'Mazel Tov' on his vote of confidence.
Baby on Board Sign irks NationalistIn one of the most moronic pieces I have ever seen published, Martin Lavallée in vigel.net complained that a hoard of new immigrants have been seen tooling around the city of Montreal in cars with the infamous "BABY ON BOARD" sign attached to the inside of the rear window. He claims that it signals an Anglophone invasion from other parts of Canada and the United States and that the Anglos have moved into sacred Francophone territory outside the traditional Anglo bastion in the western end of Montreal. Without a shred of evidence, he builds a rant against the English based on his nonsensical fairy tale premise. He notes that all the new construction of condos and apartment buildings are being built to house an onslaught of invading Anglos.
Now there are paranoid nut cases in all communities, Anglos included, but one must ask what kind of editor, even of a nationalist web site would allow such demented ravings to be published?
Voodoo Mathematics from Striking NewsmanPerhaps being on strike from The Journal de Montreal for over a year has affected journalist Jean-Philippe Pineault's math skills. In a piece on the striking journalists' news web site, Rue Frontenac, he draws a hilarious conclusion from a report published by separatist language critic Pierre Curzi.
The report, which most likely is another self-serving separatist creation, contends that 157 thousand immigrants chose to adopt English as their new language, while 143 thousand chose French. I don't for a minute have any faith in those numbers but notwithstanding, by my calculations it represents a 52% / 48% split.
Not so according to the writer of the article, it actually means that English is five times as popular as French!
How does the author arrive at this conclusion? Well, Francophones are five times as numerous as Anglophones, so it's natural that five times as many immigrants choose French. Because only half do and so, English is five times more popular.
I'm not making this up.....
Get that? No?
Let me give you an analogy --- A marketing company takes a survey commissioned by PEPSI to compare it's product to COKE. The polling firm ascertains that 85% of Quebeckers prefer PEPSI, with the remaining 15% preferring COKE. It then surveys immigrants arriving to Quebec and finds that this group is split 50%-50% between products. The marketing company then goes back to PEPSI and tells the company that immigrants prefer COKE five times as much as PEPSI.
"How can you possibly draw such a conclusion, the immigrants prefer both products equally?" asks the PEPSI representative. "Well," answers the polling firm, "Immigrants are five times more likely to choose Coke than traditional Quebeckers and so by logical extension it is five times more popular among them."
"BUT ONLY HALF OF THEM CHOSE COKE, IDIOT! HOW COULD IT BE FIVE TIMES MORE POPULAR!!!! "screams the Pepsi executive.
"You don't understand our methodology..."
"Jewish" Court Responsible for allowing 'Kirpan' in ClassIn another rant, prolific Anglo, immigrant and non-Christan basher, Jacques Noel now refers to Canada's Supreme Court as the "Jewish" court, which he blames for ruling that the dastardly Kirpan be allowed to be worn under the clothes of religious Sikhs in schools. LINK.
It isn't so bad when his idiotic and logic twisting rants are confined to obscure sovereingist web sites, but every now and then his nonsense spills out into the main stream media.
He is famous for twisting voodoo statistics to Quebec's advantage and has published a beaut in a letter published by LE SOLEIL.
In it he attacks Stephen Harper's plan to increase the number of Parliamentary seats to Alberta, BC and Ontario as statistically unfair.
His justification is based on the fact that while these provinces are under-represented based on population, they are not by virtue of registered voters. The fact that many are new immigrants and can't vote means that they should not be considered in determining proportional representation. Yup......
When it comes to proportional representation I bet Monsieur Noel didn't consider this fact, as pointed out by Chantal Hebert in l'Actualité.
It takes more than twice as many voters to elect a member of the NDP to Parliament as it does to elect a member of the Bloc Quebecois. Here's the breakdown of how many votes each party got divided by the members it elected.
-Bloc Québécois : 1 seat for each 28,163 votes.
-Conservatives: 1 seat for each 36,427 votes.
-Liberals : 1 seat for each 47,184 votes.
- NDP : 1 seat for each 67,981 votes.
- Green Party: 0 seats for all 937,613 votes.