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Finally, someone telling the Quebec political classes what they need to hear

Lysianne Gagnon was trying to tell her fellow members of the Quebec political class why no one in Canada stands to gain from reviving the Quebec “national question”. Essentially, no one in English Canada is interested.

Maybe the word is starting to percolate through the Iron Curtain of Quebecois self-obsession. Bravo Lysianne!

La sollicitude inquiète des années 80 a fait place à indifférence mâtinée d’hostilité à l’égard de la classe politique québécoise, le Québec «officiel» étant maintenant vu comme un partenaire pleurnichard, jamais content, qui parasite le pays en empochant, grâce à la péréquation, de quoi se payer des programmes sociaux que les autres provinces n’ont pas les moyens de s’offrir.

Translation: The worried solicitude of the 1980s has been replaced by indifference bordering on hostility towards the Quebec political class, the official Quebec being viewed as a crybaby partner, never content, in a parasitic relationship to the rest of the country, pocketing the means to pay for the social programs that the other provinces cannot afford for themselves.

This is what is being said in French Canada! Can you imagine the uproar if an English Canadian politician said as much? Never mind. The truth is finally being said, in French, by French speakers, about their own political culture. Two cheers for Lysianne Gagnon.

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  • dance...dancetotheradio says:

    It’s heartening that some in Quebec are beginning to tell each other the truth of how they have painted thmeselves into a corner.
    We can only hope that the Conservatives will begin to change the nature of the equalization system in this country so that provinces will begin to pay their own way.
    Let’s start with lifting the exemption for so called renewable energy from the equalization formula.
    Quebec, and Manitoba, could earn the same amount of revenue per capita as oil producing provinces do and still be net beneficiaries of equalization.

    February 4, 2013 at 6:50 PM
  • Rick T says:

    I’ve long advocated a referendum, where the greater part of Canada decides whether Quebec should be permitted to remain in Canada, or if it should be expelled with it’s share of the national debt, and within it’s 1867 borders.

    February 4, 2013 at 6:53 PM
  • Nicola T. says:

    Lysiane Gagnon is unfortunately practically the only sane voice, besides Mario Dumont (of the lamented Action Democratique Party) and Jean Lapierre who can be heard on CJAD 800 in Montreal as a regular commentator.

    The Quebec government of the P.Q. has annonced it must cut $58 million from its beloved subsidized day care programme. The lucky win-a-lottery parents will still pay $7 a day, but the day cares will have to cut somewhere such as food(?) and repairs since they can’t touch the mandated educator/child ratios or rent. The government is truly broke.

    March 17, 2013 at 8:05 AM

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