Friday, December 3, 2010

Rage is Legitimate

I'm mad as hell!
Mine is a small blog, where I try to offer commentaries that you don't get in the mainstream press. I am not restricted by advertisers or politically correct editors and bosses. Sometimes what I say displeases people, sometimes people agree. It does seem that some are interested, including you, dear reader, who is perusing this blog right now.

When I started writing this blog almost two years ago, I was lucky to get a dozen visits a day. Yesterday the blog recorded over 1,200 page views, from every province and several foreign countries. I'm very appreciative and I thank all who visit, it makes writing rewarding.

As this blog developed, comments have become an integral element. Many readers find the missives in the Comments Section more interesting than my central piece, which seems to act as a platform or moderator in a debate, something to get the discussion started. That suits me fine. The Comment Section is the driving force behind the numbers of visitors on this site.

The essential point that I wish to remind everyone is that nobody has to come here if they don't want to.

I am by nature a libertine, and loathe to restrict what people say. In fact, I particularly enjoy the rants appearing in the Comments Section, whether they be written by federalist or separatists, English or French.

I don't allow people to hide behind anonymity to defame anyone and frankly I don't think anyone has tried to do so. Ever since I made an adjustment to the Comments policy a few months ago, the level of civility is just about right. I continue to believe that a certain level of rage, sarcasm and condescension is fair. Almost every one follows the rules.
I've removed some comments for being a tad racist or personally offensive to others, but again, fairly few.
There remains things that I won't publish, but it's hard to describe. I can say that I'm not very partial to gratuitous swearing  or comments written in large caps.
I'm not interested in printing re-hashed quotes from Pierre Falardeau or Karl Marx. If you are a sovereignist and if you write in French, you are welcome here.You are entitled to your opinion and entitled to confront those ideas, either mine or that of commenters that you don't agree with.

Over on Prefontaine's blog, a commenter pointed to our blog's Comment Section as 'shockingly offensive' and was sad that many people expressed such angry opinions towards Quebec.

How exactly does he expect people to react to the sort of drivel that however politely framed on that web site, is essentially nothing more than hate?

So, tough noogies... people are angry.

Say that you are fed up with Quebec and it's a sure bet that nobody will publish you. Say it with emotion or passion and you may as well be talking to yourself.

Everything is so controlled and sanitized. Well, not here.

I'll repeat what I said. If you don't like it, don't come.

Fully half of the people who read this blog are francophones. I'm sure that a lot of them on the nationalist side are drawn here as people are to a car wreck, morbid fascination.

While web-site after web-site trash English and anglophones, calling us colonialists and oppressors, those people seem surprised and offended by our reaction.

There are those who complain about the anonymous nature of my posts and your comments. They  say it's dangerous because people don't have to be responsible for what they write.

This is just hogwash that people blather when they don't like what they read.

While anonymous posting is considered an outrage by the highfalutin, anonymous voting is the hallmark of our democracy.
Should we be obliged to go to the voting station and shout out our choice?

The very nature of the secret ballot means that people can express themselves without influence or fear of reprisal.

That is exactly what happens on this blog.

I hear a lot of frustration and anger in a lot of your comments and the emotion is compelling. I enjoy the drama, which is very real. Expressing rage and letting loose a good rant is legitimate. It reflects how some of us feel about the politics around us.

I am happy to say that most of our commenters are intelligent, witty, and certainly opinionated (a good thing.) Commenters keep me on my toes and they drive me to check and recheck my facts. Errors that I make are quickly pointed out.
And yes, I still consider Julie Snyder married to  Pierre Karl Pelédaeu.

One thing that we all share is a thick skin. If you're going to comment here, you're going to have to  absorb the not so polite barbs of those who disagree. It's part of the unwritten contract to posting here. If you dish it out you'd better be prepared to accept a few body checks!

Sometimes we have comments that make no sense and sometimes we have some that are downright moronic, but it spices up things.

If you're like me, and I assume most are, the very worst thing about writing a piece or a comment is to be ignored.

As the editor of this blog I resist using my position to censor or even to respond to commenters unless I feel particularly compelled to do so. That's because my policy is that the comment section doesn't belong to me, but rather the readers.

As to the comments themselves;

I'd like to remind readers that it would be helpful if they followed a few simple rules when commenting;

First, if you are not addressing the story that I wrote about and are replying to another commenter, please identify who you are referring to.
To Anonymous @ 12:46 PM
To Canadagirl @ 10:05 AM

Next if you are quoting something he or she said, put it in quotes like this;
You said- "I think Canada is great"
Skip a line to make it clear that it is you now talking and make your reply.
I urge readers to adopt an anonymous pen name, so that people can follow your thoughts consistently.
If you don't have a Blogger profile, sign your comments with an alias. It's fun to be referred to by a name.
IT DOES NOT IMPINGE ON YOUR ANONYMITY. (Oh, Oh, large caps..tsk..tsk)

If you are a lurker, I encourage you to take the first step. One small comment, that's all.
You might find participating interesting.

At any rate, I'd like to hear your opinion about our Comments Section. Tell me what you think. I do listen.
To francophones who write in English, I appreciate the effort,anybody who complains that the English is sometimes rudimentary is a spoil sport.

Finally, to end on a upbeat note, I wish to share my all-time favourite rant. It comes from the Academy award winning film "Network" Peter Finch delivers a superb performance in a scene that reminds me every day that we have a right to be furious and a right to express our anger.

Ha! wasn't that great!
Now GET MAD! Go out and write an interesting comment!
People across the world will be reading what you say!


  1. Jacque Parizeau's ButlerFriday, December 3, 2010 at 1:54:00 AM EST

    I want to thank you for this post by making a comment.

    Sadly, Quebec today resembles a f*cked up Tea Bagger paradise. There are two classes of Francophones in this province: The rich, who send their kids to private school so that they can be taught English and succeed in life, and the poor, who get a substandard introduction to English (if that) that condemns most of them to a life of fear.

    And that's what it is - fear. Francophones who detest the English simply fear what they don't know. They never got the tools every Quebecer deserves, an education that teaches both the languages of Molière and Shakespeare. It's human nature, you fear what you don't understand.

    Stuck in this cycle of poverty, it's no wonder they hate the English. And they continue to support governments that that hurt their chances and their children's chances to succeed in life. Like a tea bagger in the U.S. protesting for tax cuts for those making $250,00 a year.

    We've got all this debt, the highest taxes in North America, and a bureaucracy that is killing us ever so slowly. I hope that one day francophones will look at their politicians and ask why all of them are sending their kids to private schools with excellent English education. They deserve the same education as the Quebecois elite.

    The Plains of Abraham and the Quiet Revolution are history. It's time to embrace education and making this province better. I urge my francophone neighbours to take a cue from the young (and not-so-young) Anglophones of Quebec, who now speak French well enough to work anywhere in La Belle Province - except the civil service of course!

    I still remember speaking to a co-worker a few years back, a very political francophone with a bit of an anarchist side. One day we were talking politics. Our conversation, in French, was enlightening. He told me how he was a separatist until he decided to go out and backpack across Canada with his extremely limited English. He returned to Quebec months later without any real change in vocabulary, but stories of being treated like a brother no matter where he went. "If Canada is divisible," he said, "Then Quebec is too. And I don't see any good coming out of either of those scenarios."

  2. BobisNotUrUncle said ...
    To @Jacque Parizeau's Butler

    Wow u sum up my feeling 100,000%

  3. Peter Finch’s performance in that scene takes my breath away every time; it makes me want to scream in frustration. Is he a strong man for daring to express his legitimate rage, or is he a weak man for not coping with the never ending madness? Me, I see a courageous man taking his last desperate stand against the insanity of our retiring daily existence.

    Anyway, thanks for the post and validating how many of us feel. Talk about adding insult to injury. The Franco majority gleefully wields it power and tacitly condones Anglophone abuse by way of discriminatory laws, xenophobic separatist organizations, racist blogs, hateful fear mongering politicians, and biased media that act as a conduit for the steady flow of anti-Anglophone and anti-Canada propaganda. The Quebecois keep dishing out the insults in this never ending war of attrition. It’s stunning how ‘they’ judge and ridicule the natural outrage of ‘the others’. Kick the Anglos dog to the ground and kick it again when if it dares to whimper. These a-holes are lucky we’re a civilized lot that control our anger and aggressive impulses towards the oppressive and dismissive actions of the majority. We could (and should) kick back and spread the pain. I for one am ready to take it to the streets and fight the fuckers that have shit on our history and irredeemably broken our province and country. Editor, thanks for keeping the candle burning. Your blog is a refuge in this unsympathetic province.

  4. Thanks for starting a discussion on the pent up anger of Quebec’s English speaking minorities. Why are we mad? Could it be the abuse of our rights as Canadians and the daily onslaught of insults that the Francophone majority so blithely spews? For example, in today’s Gazette we read this:

    ‘According to a poll conducted by Leger Marketing published in the Journal de Montreal Wednesday, the ideal leader in the minds of Quebecers would be someone who is about 45, married, a Quebecer "de souche," with a university degree and a business background. The mysterious person would have moderate views on issues and be in the middle of the political spectrum but would have to be nationalist to boot.’

    So it’s a matter of fact in Quebec, to lead one must be a Quebecer "de souche," and a nationalist. All others need not apply. All others will never be elected, no matter how qualified or competent they may be. And as most Anglos and Allophones know from experience, this kind of thinking sets the tone for rest of Quebecois society. This is the divide that separates the Quebecois "de souche," from ‘the others’. The implication is that, regardless how well one speaks French, Anglos and Allophones are second class citizens, who are merely tolerated like indentured servants. It’s not just about forcing the notion that French is the ‘public’ language of discourse in this bogus nation, it’s also about excluding those that do not conform to the ideal combination of approved ethnicity, race, skin color, nationalist ideology, class, and education.
    So the tyranny of the Quebecois majority continues to degrade Canada, while the rest of Canadians turn a blind eye to the smoldering anguish of the second class citizens in Quebec, pejoratively known as the ‘Angryphones’.

  5. @Jacque Parizeau's Butler.

    Ok now that you are here. Can you tell us how many scotches he had on the night of the referendum ?.

    I first stumbled across the blog on April 22,2010. I could not believe what I was reading and the comments were awesome. I was so impressed with what I had found I wrote an email to the Editor because, "I was mad as hell and was not going to take it anymore". Here is what I wrote.

    Today I was so pissed of at Jean-Charles Lajoie from CKAC, who is basically blaming the anglos and ethnics for the poor performance of the Habs, even though I am not a habs fan , its still makes me upset on how he can just say those kinds of things on the radio with no thought of repercussions. So I came across your page in doing a search on Anglophones. I just wanted to tell you I have been looking for this type of page for a long time now. Keep up the good work, and i am looking forward to having a glass of scotch tonight and reading your past blogs. "

  6. Is there is a creepy and telling lack of interest in this post? Did someone put Soma in the water? Editor, the video you chose to support your post is chillingly spot on. Well done.

  7. Editor,

    Turns out that your hated Danny Williams is actually the most popular in Premier in Canada and your buddy Jean Charest is the third least popular.

    Goes to the credibility of this blog, do you think not?

  8. Anglo Montreal to Troy

    Barack Obama had the highest approval rate when he was elected, does that he mean he was the best US president in history? HELL NO! The US is doing worse than it ever was during the Bush years and he's lost the confidence of the people. Your poll means nothing, Troy.

    If Jean Charest had demanded Newfoundland to renegotiate a deal that screwed over Quebec, people would jumping all over him by calling an opportunist bla bla and you know it. Danny is playing the same game that Quebec has been allowed to play for 50 years now and get away with it. If Danny was a genuine politician, he would have exposed Quebec for what it really was from the very beginning instead of waiting for an opportunity to do so.

  9. Maybe do a blog on this story. Another example of how separate Quebec is from the rest of the world, and well, just a DEAD BACKWATER place.

  10. To the Commenter who mentioned earlier - DECEMBER 3, 2010 8:36 PM
    If there are fewer comments on a post, that is because you have a lot of agreement with your Editor.
    I have noticed this over the past couple of years, and having reached the quarter million views point with my own blog in Cambridge, U.K., that fewer comments and high views (3-4k per post) mean that your point hit the mark, it is usually when you are missing points that many, many comments turn up.
    In the cult of QC, of course, passion is highly involved (which is accompanied by denial), so the anti-minority crowd will try and pave over our opinions with theirs, and am happy that Jean Naimard doesn't waste my time anymore :)
    Over the past couple of years since we formed the ad-hoc organisation called the Defence Association of Anglophone Quebec, I have had hundreds of face-book friend requests. Here’s an excerpt from the blog post ‘ How to Deal with Quebec’s Extremists: Expose their Malfeasance Publicly’:
    There are several of us in this group, the Defence Association of Anglophone Quebec, that are protecting our rights in this way, in many other different ways, and I applaud them all in countering this evil (no names need mentioning, you know who you are) because all these efforts seem to be paying off quite well (stopping Michèl Brulé’s hate literature [in the free Metro newspaper] was another, or helping Nancy Wood when CBC management had their brain fart this Spring). Louis Préfontaine, and men like him, show us how quickly they fall on their own sword – and Michel Laroque, a friend of mine, describes this beautifully in French as you can see above (voir les beaux commentaries de Michel Laroque, Manon Beauregard, et Fernand Trudel ci-haute).