A recurring theme running through these sovereigntist opinion pieces holds that Quebec voters were naive, lazy and overly influenced by the polls and the federalist media.
And so, it wasn't a conscious political choice that Quebeckers made in opting for Layton, but rather the overbearing influence of federalist La Presse and Radio-Canada which were accused of promoting the Ndp. The federalist devil made them do it!
I couldn't help but take some guilty pleasure at the pain, anxiety, and the outright distress that punctuated these missives and so I offer readers some translated excerpts, purely for entertainment value;
|Jacques Lanctôt- ex-FLQ terrorist|
"We are a nation of losers, but that we are happy about it, amazes me. This is the only way I can explain the debacle that sovereignist forces suffered this week.....Quebecers were fooled by the propaganda of the regime, backed by Radio-Canada and La Presse, among others, who kept hammering that the Bloc was useless...I'm grieving, I lost my MP, Gilles Duceppe, a man of integrity who gave 20 years of his life to defend the ideal of independence......In a riding that is 99% French speaking, Quebecers elected a unilingual Anglo who does not even reside in Quebec and didn't set foot in her constituency during the 38 days that the campaign lasted. I am ashamed." LINK
The ordinary voter has a limited political understanding. ....If misinformed and manipulated, must we treat the voter as a fool, or rather the manipulators of the media who manufacture consent? .... vigile.net
"As for the media bosses at Radio Canada, Power Corporation and elsewhere, they had no reason to intervene as they usually do when their journalists get carried away by an infatuation that threatens the federal order.The only ones to be strongly denounced are 22,403 voters in the county (Berthier-Maskinongé..ed.) who voted for her (Ellen Brousseau..ed.) just to be like everyone else. This of course applies to all the fools who voted in Quebec blindly in favour of "pouteaux"(placeholders.ed) notwithstanding their personal value , because we spoke highly of Jack on TV. Normand Lester-LE DEVOIR
Okay Louis Prefontaine doesn't rate as an intellectual and I try never to quote him. I'll make an exception this time as his pain resulting from the election results is too sweet to pass up!
Ivan Parent has made a name for himself in regards to certain, ahem, controversial statements about minorities in the pages of vigile.net. Here, in a piece entitled "THE SHAME" his pain over the NDP debacle is once again, too enjoyable to pass up;"Tonight, it was an ethnic vote that propelled the New Democrats to the stars and almost erased the Bloc Québécois from the map. An ethnic vote, by a race of imbeciles.
Of imbeciles, so ignorant, spineless, so brutalized by the weight of a destiny too heavy to bear, who decided to vote for Ruth-Ellen Brosseau, a unilingual anglophone who chose to take a vacation to Las Vegas during the campaign. A race of retards voting for Tyrone Benskin, who is almost unable to string three or four words together in our language. ........We are now an object of ridicule for anyone the least bit interested in politics. A nation of inbreds, having made a huge turn to the right with the ADQ in 2007 and then four years later, making a left turn towards the NDP. We are a farce, the height of absurdity, in desiring a change, we are a nation of morons and degenerates so illiterate that we do not even see the contradiction between these two votes. We have a desire, buried deep within us for the death that awaits all the conquered peoples and who have ceased to believe in themselves, we have made the Bloc Quebecois, the only party that effectively defended us against the Canadian nation, responsible for a roadblock that was in fact, a federation unable to meet our aspirations.Do we still deserve to live and survive? I doubt it. Individuals make me want to believe. But the mass of ignorance confuses me with a passion that leaves a bitter notion that poison was poured into our veins for too long and which has infected our ability to imagine our freedom." LINK
"I never thought to say it, but tonight (May 2, 2011) I am ashamed to be a Quebecker. I am ashamed to be from a bunch of cowards who, seeking change, voted for the enemy. Too afraid to stand erect, the normal position of Homo erectus, the Quebec population prefers to lick the carpet. Anymore colonized than this and you die. When we see that Harper will finally achieve his majority, we can say goodbye to our attempt at democracy, we will officially enter into a totalitarian state tomorrow morning. Previously, we had someone to defend us in Ottawa, the page is turned, the BLOC is finished, a collective suicide.Here's on that will make you gag. Victor-Lévy Beaulieu is nothing less than a demigod in the world of Quebec francophone writers. A sovereignist icon, he once threatened to burn all his books to protest bilingualism.
"The defeat of Gilles Duceppe in his constituency literally threw me to the floor. Of all the politicians that Quebec has produced, how many have demonstrated such integrity, such a sense of duty, such a devotion to their people? I recognize only two: Camille Laurin and Jacques Parizeau. The voters of Laurier-Sainte-Marie, that he has served diligently for twenty years, have inflicted such a humiliation, enough to make us all feel ashamed! God of all the skies, what a hysterical neurosis!..." LINKGilles Duceppe and Jacques Parizeau as the paragons of integrity, my word! I guess it makes sense when you consider that Mr. Beaulieu once called the Governor-General Michaëlle Jean, a 'negro-queen.' an ethnic slur for which he was called to task for.
Considering that he's a big shot writer with upwards of 70 books to his credit, one would expect him to understand how to properly use the word "literally as opposed to 'figuratively,' as modifier, in a sentence.'
"La défaite de Gilles Duceppe dans sa circonscription m'a littéralement jeté par terre." Read an Explanation
Pierre Dubuc of L’Aut’Journal wrote "When the Press Campaigns for the NDP" complaining that the media was responsible for the NDP success.
Christian Rioux of Le Devoir in an article entitled "Sentimental Crowd posits that pseudo-journalists like those on the widely-watched Tout le monde en parle gave Jack Layton a boost by offering up softball questions.
I'll give the last word to the most famous separatist foil over at La Presse, Andre Pratte;
"Instead of blaming the voters and the media, rather than seeking petty faults with the NDP, the losers of this election in Quebec, the Conservatives, the Bloc and the Liberals should admit that the voters have unequivocally rejected what they offered them. In a democracy, citizens are always right." LinkReaders I really enjoyed bringing all this pain to you. How do I spell satisfaction? -
- S-C-H-A-D-E-N-F-R-E-U-D-E-!...... Definition