The relationship between the Communists and Quebec solidaire has been kept on the down low for good reason, as you can well imagine. The party, as well as Amir Khadir in particular, don't see any upside to having the bond between the two becoming widely publicized. But the relationship is close and last week's article by Éric Duhaime blew the lid off the worst kept secret in Quebec. read 'Khadir at Home with Communists' (in French)
What's left of the party held its annual summer weekend 'Training Camp" at the chalet of the Amir family with Jafar, Amir's father, acting as host of the event on the slopes of Mont Pinnacle near Frelighsburg in the Eastern Townships.
One could be forgiven in assuming that the Casa Khadir would be a huge compound in order to accommodate a whole gaggle of comrades, but in truth, the abode is rather modest.
No matter. Although the eager comrades came from far and wide, they didn't come in great numbers and the dozen or so participants were all that the remnants of the fading movement could muster.
Hmmm. It takes a special kind of
Maybe it is really a case of camaraderie. By all descriptions the event wasn't just a political indoctrination session but a social event as well. Saturday night was highlighted by a fabulous Mexican dinner which I imagine was followed up the next morning with copious servings of FRUIT LOOPS for breakfast.
I imagine that the idea of turning Quebec into a 'workers paradise' was oft discussed, notwithstanding that the province already is, with the related goal of making the workforce the most unproductive in the country already achieved. Perhaps discussions of the big bad boss and how the unions can fairly divvy up profits among the proletariat occupied some of the discussions, but no meeting of Quebec radicals would be complete without some anglo-bashing and discussions of the modalities leading to the promised land of a sovereign Quebec.
If anything, you've got to admire his determination and work ethic. After all, a three hour return trip, to speak with a handful of committed
He wasn't the only one.
Jean-Pierre Durand, co-president of Mouvement Montréal Français, as well as a directer of the more militant Reseau de resistance du Quebecois also addressed the audience.
As for the host, Jafar Khadir there's no truth to the rumour that he mixed up the speech he was to give condemning Canada's participation in the war in Afghanistan with that of a much older speech that he kept in his archives, wherein he delivered a spirited defence of Russia's heroic military intervention in support of the glorious communist government of that very same country, just two decades ago.
As for Amir, unlike last year where he was a hearty participant, no mention of his presence at this year's festivities was made, perhaps he is lying low considering recent revelations.
For more photos of the event, see them HERE.