As soon as I saw the cover and the name of Jean-François Lisée, Quebec's most notorious fact-spinner, I knew that Anglos were in for another hatchet job.
Any story that presents Mr. Lisée as some sort of authority has condemned itself to mockery, akin to having a Catholic Clergyman write an unbiased piece about abortion or a Rabbi writing a piece critiquing the wisdom of Kosher foods.
Mr. Lisée is notorious for painting Quebec in the most favorable light, using cherry-picked facts and figures to convey an utterly distorted view of reality, an alternate world where Quebec is rich, successful, hardly indebted and under-taxed.
He recently wrote a book entitled "Comment mettre la droite K.-O. en 15 arguments" (How to knock-out the Right in 15 arguments.)
Of course the book paints a hilariously skewered view of reality, reproducing all sorts of facts and figures, that support his unlikely conclusions.
Thank goodness the blogosphere has the likes of DAVID over at antagoniste.net, a writer who has taken the time to deconstruct each and every argument made by Mr. Lisée, utterly destroying his conclusions.
If you read French, the following is a must read, it will convince you, once and for all, that Mr. Lisée is a dangerous fraud.
- Lisée, prise 1: la croissance économique québécoise
- Lisée, prise 2: le niveau de vie des québécois
- Lisée, prise 3: le travail des Québécois
- Lisée, prise 4: la productivité des Québécois
- Lisée, prise 5: la pauvreté des Québécois
- Lisée, prise 6: la fiscalité des Québécois
- Lisée, prise 7: les syndicats québécois
And so, any work associated with Mr. Lisée is automatically suspect and likely to make use of the same type of misleading and deceitful practices that are the hallmark of his work.
I was not disappointed.
Now a lot of Anglo journos were rightfully insulted by the survey, you can read some reaction here;
" L’actualité magazine has a special edition out on anglophones that suggests many of us don’t know Radio-Canada from Canada Goose."Read the rest of the story; Josh Freed: L’actualité of living in Montreal not reflected in magazine
But what the above writers all miss is the fact that the survey and article is actually more telling of francophone attitudes then those of the English."Quebec anglophones beware: your relationship with the province's francophones is being tested, and clearly not with a view to strengthening linguistic harmony." Read the rest here --A survey that sets up Quebec anglos to fail the integration test
The questions asked were so politically skewed and biased that they laid bare the astonishing preconceptions of the authors.
First let me give you the overall conclusions of the poll, based on a bunch of survey questions asked to Anglophones only;
Do you speak enough French to carry on a substantive conversation?..... 81% YES
The survey and the supporting articles comes to the conclusion that Anglophones, notwithstanding the fact that they speak French, don't want to become part of the greater Francophone culture of the majority, not by a long shot.Do you believe that's it's possible to live one's whole life in Quebec without having a substantive conversation in French.....59% YES
I'm at piece with the idea that Montreal will become a city where English predominates while the rest of the province maintains its Francophone Charm.....59% YES
Given Globalization and the power of English it's just a question of time before the essential element of work will be in English in Montreal......65% (18-34 year-olds) 42%(55 years old+)
The predominant position of French is a key componant in Montreal's originality. Without it the city loses its soul.....YES 33% (18-34 year-olds) 43%(55 years old+)
Should large companies be allowed to hire unilingual English managers even if it means francophone employees would have to work in French?......YES 63%
Others who read the article may dispute that this is the essential element, but it is really the only conclusion that can accurately explain the biased question and concluding spin.
Let me illustrate the political angle of the interlocutors, by way of the biased questions put to an Anglo defender, Jack Jedwab.
- "Don't you take it as a sign of rejection, the fact that anglophones shun French culture?
- The survey reveals that few Anglos feel a responsibility to protect the French in Quebec. Shouldn't they demonstrate more solidarity?
- Isn't it disappointing that the majority of anglophones don't know who Regis Labeaume, Janette Bertrand or Marie-Mai are ?
- "Don't you take it as a sign of rejection, the fact that Francophones prefer their own French culture to that of English the majority culture of Canada?
- The survey reveals that few Francophones feel a responsibility to protect English in Canada. Shouldn't they demonstrate more solidarity?
- Isn't it disappointing that the majority of Francophones don't know who Llyod Robertson, Rick Mercer or Rob Ford are?
IS HE KIDDING?
Does Mr. Lisée actually believe anglos should actively support measures that limit their rights?
|Boo Hoo! You live in a country that is 77% English!|
Should they be denouncing clerks that talk only English or signs that offend the majority because a word of English appears.
Should anglophones really defend the French language when its defense consists of limiting Anglophone rights?
If Lisée and friends believe we should be sympathetic to Francophones who suffer from having to speak English occasionally or attend a meeting in English occasionally, they must live in Fantasyland.
A. Francophone Quebecers can live happily in Canada in their own French world, largely apart from the English majority.B. Anglophone Quebecers can live happily in Quebec, in their own English world, largely apart from the French majority
It isn't more simple than that.
If you can agree with "A" then "B" is a logical extension.
But then again logic is sometimes hard to find in Quebec,