Monday, 25 November 2013

Anglo opposition city counselor in Longueuil Quebec treated like a dog

FOR RELEASE by November 23rd, 2013

When Bob Myles entered his office today he was greeted with a cruel reminder of the bigotry often shown to minorities in Quebec.
Upon entering his office today Mr Robert Myles was greeted with a desk adorned with packages of dog food, a woof sign and a French-English dictionary. Mr. Myles a fluently bilingual opposition councillor did not take this as a joke, but as part of the disrespect Anglo's are consistently being shown by the administration of former Bloc MP, Caroline St.Hilaire.
The City of Longueuil refused to condemn this action or comment. Please remember that it was the City administration that denied Myles office space last week. This is a deep affront to the both democracy and the Anglo fact in Quebec.
The anglophone and allophone communities have been subjected to numerous instances of racism, bigotry and religious intolerance over the past year due to the PQ's divisive policies. Never have we as a community been degraded to such an extent as to have one of our democratically elected opposition counselors be treated like a DOG.
We ask that this action be condemned and all individuals responsible be dealt with in a swift manner.
Bob Myles is quickly becoming an icon and a rallying point for democracy and diversity in an increasingly hostile Quebec. We ask that everyone stand behind Mr. Bob Myles in condemning this degrading display of injustice which threatens our democracy in Quebec

Mike Kane

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Let us create a new wall, the wall of separation between state and imposed culture

I would like to address your letter to the editor in defense of Bill 60 (Charter of Values) and Quebec living a "Jefferson Moment." Ny Times Article. Quite the combined effort. 

By the way, the crucifix you claim is being taken down will be moved to another room in the national assembly. Just thought I would clear that up.

 I find your letter quite hypocritical coming from a government that recently introduced a bill ( bill 14) that would have drastically reduced the rights of its own citizens. Here are the highlights of your proposed and recently scrapped Bill 14 that was a main focus of your PQ election platform that people outside of Quebec need to understand:

  • Revoking bilingual status if the population falls below 50%
  • Francophone military families would be unable to send their child to English school.
  • Anglophone CEGEPS would have to prioritize Anglo students over francophones
  • Language police would be able to SEIZE anything they believe is an offense against the charter without a warrant.

If you believe that the state should be neutral then why forcefully impose your culture and language on all the population of Quebec? What is the difference between the state forcing culture and language on its citizens or imposing religion?

You do not have a monopoly on culture in Quebec and depending on what area you grew up in or your background, we all were exposed to different cultures. Someone that grew up in Parc Extension, St Leonard, Ville St Laurent, DDO, Cote St Luc or Little Burgundy would have quite a different cultural experience then someone growing up in Saguenay, Lac St Jean or Quebec City.

So be true to your word and let the government maintain its neutrality and let your own citizens choose the culture they feel applies to them. Let us create a new wall, the "wall of separation between state and imposed culture."

We are sure Jefferson would approve.

Mike Kane
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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Remove "Jewish" from Jewish General hospital and ban circumcisions says PQ candidate

A post has been circulating on social media. Tania Longpré PQ candidate in Viau was asked if Jewish should be removed from the "Jewish General Hospital name and if there should be a ban on circumcision in the charter. See her answer below: