Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sunday Housekeeping - Volume 7

Readers, I want to tell you that BLOGGER still hasn't fixed the problem with timestamps on the comments and they continue to reflect PACIFIC time.
I don't know about you, but it's a bit annoying.
At any rate I can't complain, the platform remains FREE, but I do hope they fix it soon.

Never mind all that, I am launching an appeal to ALL OUR READERS, to help out with content.

Did you come across a news story that would be of interest to readers?
Don't depend on someone else or assume I've seen the story. PLEASE CONTRIBUTE!

How about a serious or humorous picture, video or a story suggestion, etc.etc.

Or a personal story reflecting the Anglo experience?

English or French, please drop me a line at anglomontreal@gmail.com.

To those who email me and take the trouble to help me correct typos or inadvertent errors, your efforts are most appreciated.

Aside from my wife who heroically edits this blog for grammar after a hard day's work, I am alone.

I have no fact checkers or editors and so I appreciate your effort in making this blog more accurate.

Incidentally, this last month of March registered the highest traffic ever on this site, over 66,000 page views.
And soon we are approaching our 20,000 comment!

All of this success is attributed to you the reader and I do appreciate it, because if you didn't participate, I wouldn't continue.

After all, I'm not getting paid to write this blog and you are not being paid to read it and comment.

We all need to make an effort to participate in order to keep things going.

It isn't a threat, it is an appeal.

THANK YOU!!!!

52 comments:

  1. Congratulations, that is amazing traffic, keep it up - will keep passing on facts as they are found and-or happen.
    We posted links to this blog with city councilors during the current dispute in Chateauguay, and will continue to help to bring its cloud to higher levels, cause 66k is darn good :)
    Thanks again for all your hard work, and to your wife also, it is appreciated by the English Speakers in Quebec.

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  2. Peut-être un petit mot sur Jessica Paré (Mad men)?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SIs6RHVc78&feature=fvst

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    1. To Seppie Apr 1, 2012 08:48 AM


      Merci Seppie for proving the point that NOBODY from QC has ever gone international without speaking English.
      Think about it. You wouldn’t be on this cool blog if you didn’t. I'm sure glad I was spared from the QC FrenchOnly LobsterTrap!
      Maybe you’re not as much of a troll as you pretend to be?

      PS Although we are so blessed with beautiful women in OurBelleProvince, this gorgeous angel says she is Montréalaise et Canadienne. No mention of Quebec!
      Just lovely!

      Merci et Salut à toi

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    2. J'aime bien les Canadiennes comme Jessica Paré!

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    3. @Roger

      Nous avons l'habitude,le pillage a débuté au 19ème siècle avec le vol de notre hymne national et notre feuille d'érable.Je me demande ce que feraient les canadiens sans le Québec et les É.U :)

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    4. @ Seppie: And don't forget the fat lady at Eaton's and the story about "speak white." And one time, I heard about a story when an English kid pulled a French kid's hair...

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    5. "NOBODY from QC has ever gone international without speaking English."

      That's not the case.
      International doesn't mean English.
      It just means in more than one country. It doesn't even have to mean in countries where other languages are spoken.

      Any Francophone artist that is popular in other French-speaking countries is international but there is more than that: some singers from here are even known elsewhere including in Eastern European countries (like Garou, even though he sings in French, he performs there, just look at his Wikipedia page, it's available in plenty of languages so I guess he's known by some non-Francophones) just like there are people from other places who speak other languages that are known internationally, not always as much as English-speakers but the "Anglosphere" doesn't own the word (or concept of) international. More than 95% of humans have a mother tongue that is not English, there is a world outside of Anglo-America. Am I going to be considered anti-English for pointing that out? I am not anti-anything, I prefer a world where there are many cultures and languages instead of limiting myself to just one.

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    6. That is not the point of the comment. Seppie wanted to say that he is proud of Miss Paré. I’m sure we all are! The interview was long and the word Quebec was not uttered. This young woman made it in Hollywood and I suspect speaking English mattered for her just as it did for Céline.
      I am willing to bet that the majority of those successful international artists who work and live in French have a good knowledge of English too. This is why I say that I shall be forever grateful that I was rescued from the QC FrenchOnly LobsterTrap! This is not to say that I renounce being Francophone. But a trader to Our Country Canada I will never be!
      Besides, I said NOBODY from Québec in the context of Miss Paré’s Hollywood.

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  3. Sexy la Québécoise!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXoILGnHnvM

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  4. To Seppie Apr 1, 2012 08:48 AM


    Merci Seppie for proving the point that NOBODY from QC has ever gone international without speaking English.
    Think about it. You wouldn’t be on this cool blog if you didn’t. I sure glad I was spared from the QC FrenchOnly LobsterTrap!
    Maybe you’re not as much of a troll as you pretend to be?

    PS Although we are so blessed with beautiful women in OurBelleProvince, this gorgeous angel says she is Montréalaise et Canadienne. No mention of Quebec!
    Just lovely!

    Merci et Salut à toi

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    1. "Although we are so blessed with beautiful women in OurBelleProvince, this gorgeous angel says she is Montréalaise et Canadienne. No mention of Quebec!
      Just lovely!"

      Vos femmes anglophones et allophones ne sont pas assez belles alors vous regardez ailleurs? D'habitude leurs pères sont francophones alors, en tant que francophone, merci pour le compliment ;)
      Réalisez-vous que la majorité des femmes au Québec s'identifient comme Québécoises? Et que la majorité n'habite pas Montréal? Et que les Montréalaises francophones sont aussi Québécoises comme les Parisiennes sont aussi Françaises?
      Et que la majorité des femmes francophones sont en couple avec des francophones? Même sur l'île de Montréal.
      Just lovely!

      Sans parler de toutes celles qui sont séparatistes. Je n'aime pas les anglicismes, mais ça pour moi c'est vraiment un turn on ;)

      C'est nous qui donnont naissance à la majorité et c'est nous qui les apprécions le plus alors qui est vraiment bénis? Et non je n'ai pas mal écrit pénis: ça veut dire blessed, je ne connait pas votre niveau de français mais je vous demande: en quoi êtes-vous béni par toutes ces belles femmes qui ne seront jamais vos copines et dont la majorité n'habite même pas votre précieux Montréal?

      Gardez cette Jessica Paré transformée en Américaine (pas de mention qu'elle rejette carrément le Québec par contre alors votre "no mention of Quebec" ne veut rien dire, l'Américain moyen ne connaît pas le Québec alors c'est sûr qu'elle doit dire toujours Canada seulement, ça n'annule pas ses liens avec le Québec) et votre province imaginaire de Montréal (concept pas très populaire chez les Montréalaises francophones), nous garderons la majorité des belles femmes de ce Québec auquel vous ne voulez pas vous identifier, Québec où la majorité de la population (dont plus de 5 francophones sur 6 selon le recensement) habite ses diverses régions en dehors de l'île de Montréal alors si vous ne voyez pas la contradiction entre votre rejet du Québec et votre "we are blessed" et nos femmes... Tenez-vous en à vos minorités alors.

      Tant qu'à faire dans l'absurde, imaginez le contraire poussé à l'extrême: (j'entre en mode personnage) maudits Canadiens anglais, vive le Québec libre! Ceci étant dit, nous sommes vraiment bénis dans notre beau Canada d'avoir de si belles femmes même si j'ai trop hâte à notre pays du Québec. Je me demande si cette jolie Ontarienne (comme j'ai dit, c'est de la fiction) qui parle cette langue que je n'aime pas voudrait sortir avec moi? Ah merde, ça voudrait dire que j'aurait peut-être à recontrer son père: un osti d'anglais! Veut rien savoir d'eux-autres, moi j'aime les anglaises.

      (Plus tard) Je comprend pas, elle m'a laissé là juste à cause que j'ai insulté un anglais devant elle. Comment ça qu'elle veut rien savoir de moi? C'est un anglais! Elle est pas un anglais! J'ai dit maudit anglais pas maudite anglaise. C'est pas le même monde! En tout cas, heureusement qu'on a tout plein de belles femmes dans notre Canada, ça me fait oublier à quel point j'ai hâte à la partition.

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    2. Oh wow, je vient de lire vos commentaires plus bas et tout devient clair, vous ne parlez vraiment pas du Québec lorsque vous dites notre belle province (ça explique le bizarre manque d'espaces dans OurBelleProvince, la prochaine fois dites Province of Montreal ou quelquechose, pour ceux qui ne sont pas familiers) mais d'une province qui n'existe pas.

      Malgré ça, ce que j'ai dit dans le message au-dessus tient toujours puisqu'une grande proportion des belles femmes à Montréal sont francophones et combien partagent votre rejet du Québec et des Québécois? Si vous voulez avoir une chance de vous faire une copine, évitez de lui montrer vos commentaires sur ce blog.

      Donc si je comprends bien, en rejetant le Québec en dehors de Montréal, vous vous limitez à une minorité des belles femmes que contient la province.
      Déjà que vos chances étaient nulles, vous vous aidez vraiment pas ;)

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    3. Je parle de ce commentaire plus bas:

      "We are proud to be from OurBelleProvince, but if to you, her saying "I'm proud to be Québécoise" means she is a separatist, we are Montréalais et Canadiens."

      Ça ne veut pas nécessairement dire séparatiste mais ça veut dire Québécoise donc elle ne rejète pas ce mot contrairement à vous donc au cas où vous pensez que Céline est une des votres, vous vous trompez. Elle n'est même pas montréalaise, présentement elle est plutôt résidente d'une autre ville et elle n'est pas originaire de Montréal non plus. Peut-être passe-t-elle quelques journées à Montréal par année? Je ne sais pas, mais je suis sûr qu'elle ne dirait pas "Je ne suis pas Québécoise, je suis Montréalaise et Canadienne."

      Ça ne serait pas plus approprié dans votre cas de parler de "we are Montrealers and Canadians" parce que d'utiliser les mots français dans une phrase en anglais alors que c'est surtout un truc d'anglophones et autres anglicisés votre truc, ça n'a pas vraiment de sens. Combien de Montréalais dont la langue maternelle est le français sont partitionistes?

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    4. Combien de Montréalais dont la langue maternelle est le Français sont partitionistes?
      Pas partitionistes, mais Montréalais et Canadiens 85% minimum!!!
      Et nous voulons La 11e Province Canadienne pour partager avec nos frères Canadiens.
      'P' est pour Province et non pour la partition!!

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  5. Et pourtant selon un des commentaires du post précédant:

    "I am not an anglophone artist and the public understands that. Everywhere I go in the world, I say that I'm proud to be Québécoise" - Céline Dion

    http://www.cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/viewArticle/1124/1031

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    1. She speaks, sings and lives in ENGLISH!!!!!!

      ENGLISH made her international!!!

      We are proud to be from OurBelleProvince, but if to you, her saying "I'm proud to be Québécoise" means she is a separatist, we are Montréalais et Canadiens.

      Québécois racists need not apply!

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    2. Have you even read the article you quoted Anonymous 10:06 AM?
      http://www.cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/viewArticle/1124/1031

      There was a controversy at the same awards in 1993. In the article, it was reported by the Gazette: "They gave her two Félix Awards for her international success in English, but Céline Dion was not allowed to sing in English last night at the ADISQ Awards gala. . . . "Don't ask me why; ask ADISQ," Dion, 25, told reporters after collecting the second of her trophies, which raised her career total to 20. "I would have loved to sing for Quebecers tonight."

      And funny thing, later in the article from McLean's:

      Last week, at Canada's Expo 92 pavilion in Seville, Spain, 24-year-old Dion said, "I'm against any form of separation, and if there's anything I can do to help, I'll do it." ("A Vocal Appeal for Unity," 1992, p. 23)

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    3. "and if there's anything I can do to help..."

      Take a kayak!Take a kayak!...

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    4. "and if there's anything I can do to help"

      Depuis quand les artistes sont obligatoirement des spécialistes de la politique?

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    5. Celine Dion is separatist? Oh we should listen to her- she's the most successful artist in the world.

      Celine Dion is federalist? Oh why should we ever listen to an artist? She should take a kayak.

      Vraiment pas fort Seppie/ OQLF. Vraiment de n'importe quoi avec vous autres.

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    6. Also please note what Guy Laliberté, an admitted sovereignest sympathizer wrote at your famous resource Vigile from Nov 2011

      http://www.vigile.net/Le-Quebec-ne-deviendra-pas-un-pays
      One paragraph I quote:

      "Que d’énergie perdue que l’on pourrait utiliser à travailler ensemble, au lieu de chercher à avoir raison, en attisant de vieilles querelles, dont seulement quelques initiés se rappellent les origines ! Est-ce là notre héritage ? L’image projetée est-elle une juste représentation de notre identité ? Quelquefois, j’ai honte de l’ignorance et du manque de savoir-vivre de certaines personnes qui prétendent parler en notre nom." - Guy Laliberte

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    7. @ Roger Rabbit

      You're trolling, right? That's not the same Guy Laliberté.
      It's another man named Guy Laliberté that wrote to some newspaper from Trois-Rivières and like it's written on the page you've linked, he's from Sainte-Monique-de-Nicolet.

      The famous Guy Laliberté is very likely a separatist like most artists are but I could be wrong. I can't be bothered to search for references, I don't care about his political opinions, I just wanted to point out you're wrong or trolling.

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    8. "She speaks, sings and lives in ENGLISH!!!!!!"

      Except when she sings in French, when she speaks French to her husband, children, relatives, plenty of French-speaking friends, even French-speaking staff and co-workers. I've seen it on TV. Also, she probably doesn't think and/or dream in English.

      Yeah I'm sure the average English Canadian, American, Briton, whatever thinks of Celine Dion ("that French-Canadian singer") as one of theirs, an Anglophone.

      "We are proud to be from OurBelleProvince, but if to you, her saying "I'm proud to be Québécoise" means she is a separatist, we are Montréalais et Canadiens."

      I don't know if she's a separatist or not but if she is, it would be a Quebec separatist, not a Montreal separatist. She wouldn't approve of your partition fantasy. She said it, she is Québécoise and even if she lived in Montreal she would say she is both Québécoise and Montréalaise, like normal people do. Even the majority of Montreal anglos in polls declare some attachment to Quebec and the majority want Quebec to stay within Canada, not making a province out of Montreal. They are Montrealers, Quebecers, Canadians.

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    9. "Yeah I'm sure the average English Canadian, American, Briton, whatever thinks of Celine Dion ("that French-Canadian singer") as one of theirs, an Anglophone."

      I'm an Anglophone and I think that Celine Dion is tacky...you can keep her. Same thing goes for the Cirque de Soleil.

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    10. -you can keep her.Same thing goes for the Cirque de Soleil.-

      visiblement,Las Vegas ne partage pas votre point de vue.

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  6. "Des millions pour angliciser les immigrants francophones"

    http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/national/201204/01/01-4511464-des-millions-pour-angliciser-les-immigrants-francophones.php

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    1. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xmi4ee_english-the-language-of-money_news

      'nough said!!

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    2. I think the article from La Presse about anglicisizing francophones with Emploi Quebec money is an April Fool's joke, lol. Today is April 1st, n'est ce pas? :)

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  7. Congratulations on the website! All the info put together is much appreciated. Always good and/or aggravating reads! lol

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  8. "And soon we are approaching our 20,000 comment"



    And 90% of them must have been written by Mr. Sauga, who always remind us that is so happy he left Quebec 30 years ago even tough he take every days of his life to talk about us on this site. ROFLMAO !!!!!

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    1. Hahahahahahahaha!Excellent!

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    2. I am happy to read his posts. Much appreciated to hear someone who was forced out of Quebec. It reminds us how destructive separatists have been.

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    3. "I am happy to read his posts. Much appreciated to hear someone who was forced out of Quebec. It reminds us how destructive separatists have been."

      Programmez une alerte sur votre pc,ce sera moins ennuyant.

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    4. I find you more annoying. I wish there was a way to hide your comments.

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    5. Si seulement il y avait des boutons "aime"...

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  9. "Merci Seppie for proving the point that NOBODY from QC has ever gone international without speaking English"


    There is many of our artists who dont perform in english and are known into the francophone world. (You know the world does not just speak english, in case you think going international mean going to the US).

    And Georges St-Pierre is the best combat athlete in his division and he dont speak a very good english.

    You're just another racist moron, who think anything not english mean closed to the "world" .

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    1. I find the Georges St-Pierre speaks good English.

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    2. I too find that Georges St-Pierre speaks English quite well. Sure, he has a slight accent, but that's normal... he's certainly no Pauline Marois or Louise Harel.

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    3. @ AnonymousApr 1, 2012 02:43 PM

      If you find that I am just another racist moron, perhaps it is because I was a Francophone who stayed in the Québécois Separatist Factory schools too long!!

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    4. "our artists who dont perform in english and are known into the francophone world"

      They speak english!!

      No matter how you cut it, if you want more success, learn English!

      http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xmi4ee_english-the-language-of-money_news

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    5. "Georges St-Pierre speaks English quite well"

      Pfffff....

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  10. > BLOGGER still hasn't fixed the problem with timestamps on the comments and they continue to reflect PACIFIC time. I don't know about you, but it's a bit annoying.

    I happened to come across this page the other day and meant to bring it up:

    http://support.google.com/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=41963

    Hopefully it might help.

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  11. First, kudos to the Editor for doing an absolutely fantastic job with this blog... a thankless task if ever there was one! I am very grateful that someone is willing to present his well-founded opinions and interpretations of current events that deserve to be expressed.

    Second, I thought I should mention to readers who have yet to figure it out that trolls (such as Seppie/OQLF and his other alts) appear to have made it his/her life mission to troll this board and are NOT here to provide any meaningful constructive criticism whatsoever. As such, it is entirely appropriate to ignore his/her posts... and for those of us who write in impeccable French, it's especially counterproductive. Rather, it's actually very good practice for him/her to practice his/her English if he/she chooses to troll this blog.

    In short, PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE TROLL (but if you must, please don't bother doing it in French, no matter how eloquent yours may be).

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    1. Agree with your kudos to the Editor. His pieces offer an articulate and sober handling of the various issues he covers within the scope of the language debate.

      Keep it up, Editor; the growth of the blog's readership is a testament to its necessity and pertinence.

      With regard to feeding the troll; I agree that what his one-liners lack in substance, they don't make up in "spice". At the same time, what I think is necesary is a flood of this blog's pieces available in French to counter on the Lisées, SSJBs, JPQs, and even the so-called "mainstream" Quebec media -- en français.

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    2. I agree wholeheartedly with your final comment. I also think it would be useful in the reverse direction, however dispiriting that may be. Unfortunately, I think that you and I both know when that is going to happen... when pigs fly.

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  12. My salute for the Editor for organizing this blog. While I never shy in expressing my disagreements, rest assure that this blog is one of the websites I first open in the morning and the one I keep on checking the whole day, every day.

    As for capability in communicating in English, let me throw in this challenge. Please give me the names of unilingual French Quebecers outside the realm of politics who are well-known outside the provincial borders.

    As for Guy Laliberte, check out what is on his arm here and here. Look at the one at the more important position. And one can not say that he had to. He was a paying customer, he could have worn (or not worn) anything he wanted.

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    1. "Look at the one at the more important position. And one can not say that he had to. He was a paying customer, he could have worn (or not worn) anything he wanted."

      Can you confirm this with a serious source? Just based on those pictures I would say it's like normal astronauts who have the flag of their country on their arms and since QC still isn't a country, perhaps he had no choice but to have a Canadian flag and this is why he took the extra step of putting an unofficial flag (because they might have some protocol that says one must wear the country's flag when going in space even when it's space tourism) underneath it.
      This is only speculation. There is still no proof he truly is a federalist but then again the contrary cannot be proven. Statistically, as an artist, he is more likely to be a separatist.

      You need to know that separatist athletes have participated and will participate in Olympics under the Canadian flag.

      It doesn't mean anything. When something on the computer asks me to specify which country I'm from, I only see one country starting with Q in the list and I don't live in Qatar so I have no choice but to choose Canada. Does that make me a federalist?

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  13. That is not the point of the comment. Seppie wanted to say that he is proud of Miss Paré. I’m sure we all are! The interview was long and the word Quebec was not uttered. This young woman made it in Hollywood and I suspect speaking English mattered for her just as it did for Céline.
    I am willing to bet that the majority of those successful international artists who work and live in French have a good knowledge of English too. This is why I say that I shall be forever grateful that I was rescued from the QC FrenchOnly LobsterTrap! This is not to say that I renounce being Francophone. But a trader to Our Country Canada I will never be!
    Besides, I said NOBODY from Québec in the context of Miss Paré’s Hollywood.

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