Trudeau and Federal Leaders MUST Denounce/Challenge Quebec’s Growing “Official” Racism!

Yup, I am correct: checked my calendar and, indeed, this IS 2022.

But if you live in Quebec or watch what has been going on there, with widespread public approval, you could be forgiven for thinking it’s the 1950s … or even the 1930s and 1940s.

Two years ago, the Quebec government used closure to curb committee consideration and push through the Legislature Bill 21, barring public employees from wearing religious symbols.

They claimed it just to ensure secularism … but the reality is it BARRED anyone wearing a turban, a hijab (with face visible), or a religious skullcap etc. from ANY PUBLIC jobs … from bus drivers to police officers, nurses or other hospital jobs, court workers, government lawyers, judges or even school teachers.

And that was just the first salvo in the latest generation of Quebec’s attacks, discrimination and isolation of minorities.

In May, the Quebec legislature also passed Bill 96 … severely limiting the rights of English-speaking residents ..not just immigrants, but even those Anglophones whose families have lived there for centuries.

“It limits the use of English in the courts and public services and imposes tougher language requirements on small businesses and municipalities. It also caps the number of students who can attend English-language CEGEPs, which are junior colleges, and increases the number of French courses students at that level must take,” CBC reported.

And it’s getting worse.

Just last month, finally ruling on a complaint filed by a black Montrealer almost two years ago, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ordered a Quebec-based radio program to APOLOGIZE for using the full “N”-word on air.

And not just once.

The CRTC noted the show’s talk show hosts used the “N” word repeatedly in a six-and-a-half minute segment:

“During the discussion, the host and the commentator used the ‘N-word’ four times, three times in French and one time in English,” the majority CRTC ruling stated.

The offence took place during a discussion that included mention of a book written in 1967 by radical separatist Pierre Vallieres entitled “Negres blanc d’Amerique” in French and “White Niggers of America” in English. (Vallieres, a leader in the FLQ, had been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of manslaughter in a terrorist bombing in Montreal in 1966: he was paroled after serving 44 months.)

In my view, using the “N”-word ONCE if it is indeed in the title of a book being discussed is legitimate as an identifier.

But injecting the insulting, demeaning, racist term … FULLY VOICED OUT … four times in a six-and-a-half minute discussion goes beyond the pale and deserved to be condemned.

Now what made the unnecessary, repeated use of this offensive, racist word particularly disgraceful was the broadcast took place on Radio-Canada, the French language version of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)!!!

The federal-government owned and funded oh-so-politically-correct broadcaster! Incroyable!!

“”The Commission considers that [Radio-Canada] did not implement all the necessary measures to mitigate the impact of the N-word on its audience, particularly in the current social context and given its national public broadcaster status,” the ruling said.

The complainant, Ricardo Lamour, said the use of the full “N” word embodied “the dehumanization of Black bodies, Black souls, Black voices,”

But adding insult to injury, more than 50 Radio Canada employees and personalities have objected to the CRTC ruling and urged Radio Canada to appeal … saying it “threatens journalistic freedom and independence and “opens the door to the dangers of censorship and self-censorship.”

Well, it certainly does … and should … lead to self-censorship by broadcasters, when it comes to the use of racist, denigrating, despicable words to describe people!

In fact, everywhere in Canada, outside Quebec, that has already been done for many decades.

I doubt those same the French-language broadcasters would be so accepting and understanding if, say, an English language broadcast REPEATEDLY used the words “Peasoup”, “Pepsis” or “Frogs” in referring to Quebecois … saying their use was “journalistically important” to make a point.

Especially if it was done at the English-broadcast CBC !!!

Heads would roll.

But once again, racist references on air … FOUR TIMES in six-and-a-half minutes … is fine in Quebec, IF they’re directed at blacks or other minorities.

Quebec is regressing to the xenophobic bigotry that pervaded its society in the 1930s to 1960s.

Why is this happening?

I believe it’s all part of a slow, but escalating deliberate attempt to encourage minorities to leave the province … and thus enhance the white Francophone nationalist voting pool for another eventual separatist referendum.

Who could blame those so repeatedly targeted, insulted and discriminated against from moving (or have their children leave once their higher education is complete) to Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta or even the US? Or think businesses (domestic and foreign) will want to invest/move operations/staff there … instead of Ontario?

The last time this happened, more than a hundred thousand well-educated Quebeckers, including a good number of Francophones, showed their backs to the separatists … and took their savings/investments: the Quebec economy suffered greatly.

Once more, Quebec’s loss will continue to be our gain!

And sadly, the white, the Francophone Quebec public don’t seem to give a damn .. even when the “N”-word gets tossed about publicly on French-language radio.

I can just imagine the outcry that would fill the airwaves and “Letters” columns ANYWHERE in Canada outside Quebec if anyone … especially on the government-funded broadcaster … repeatedly used outrageous name-calling references against black people (or Muslims, Jews, Arabs, Sikhs, First Nations etc.) … even if ostensibly it was done because the word appeared in a book title by some convicted killer.

But four times in six-and-a-half minutes?

So where is Trudeau; where are Conservative Leadership candidates Poilievre and Charest; where is Singh???

Racism is once more running rampant in Quebec … even included in law … and it’s about time Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his Liberal Ministers, Conservative Leadership candidates Pierre Poilievre, Jean Charest and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh stopped being so tepid in their criticism and OPENLY and OUTRIGHTLY CONDEMN and CHALLENGE it.

Does anybody think they would remain so quiet if BC (or Alberta!) passed such discriminatory, hate-filled laws or the offensive “N”-word was used REPEATEDLY on air at the CBC in Ontario, Alberta or BC?

Absolument pas!

Harv Oberfeld

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David Eby was Never Transport Minister … But Brings LOTS of Baggage to NDP Leader’s Job

David Eby has a lot to answer for if he dreams of being elected BC’s Premier.

Like that piddly $110 ICBC rebate to BC’s motorists ($165 for commercial drivers) … the bulk of them, middle class working people and families with kids … who had been suffering for two years under Covid and the BC NDP with North America’s most expensive gasoline … thanks to a plethora of taxes added on to each litre … including TWO provincial levies.

What makes that one-time rebate even more insulting, Eby announced it (costing the government $195 Million) after ICBC rang up NET PROFITS of $1 BILLION in 2020 and $1.5 BILLION in 2021.

So much for NDP Socialists sharing the province’s wealth with the “people”!

Does Eby’s action sound like someone who relates well and will look out for working singles, struggling couples, families, seniors?

Not to me!

I have known David Eby a long time. I used to enjoy interviewing him when he was Executive Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association: found him accessible, affable and articulate. … a true civil libertarian.

But power changes people … and my observations of him in recent years, based on his own statements, actions and the ensuing news coverage, exposes more of a cold, calculating, pushy ideologue: a politician less open and transparent than the libertarian I saw in the past.

NDP members, the media and the voters should closely look at Eby’s role in power: beginning with his record as BC Attorney General.

It has been on Eby’s watch that the revolving doors at BC’s Courts have been spinning at record speed! Giving almost free reign to criminals, drug pushers and crazies … while honest citizens and past victims live in fear of even going out to work, for a walk or shopping.

Just last Spring Eby and the NDP faced province-wide criticism from municipal leaders after huge increases in street crimes, shopliftings, vandalism, robberies and even violent assaults …but fewer and fewer prolific offenders were being prosecuted and those that were rarely ended up in jail.

Read all the details here:

Eby blamed federal laws and even Covid. But I have never seen him take ANY responsibility himself for the growing chaos and fear on BC’s urban streets … despite being the province’s Attorney General.

(Maybe Premier John Horgan can teach Eby HOW to do a “mea culpa”?)

While an Attorney General cannot interfere in judges’ decisions, he (or she) DOES have the power to direct prosecution policies to make sure “catch and release”, if not eliminated, is at least curtailed.

He failed.

Under Eby’s time in the job, the number of prosecutions of street crimes and other urban crime has fallen … while incidents have increased and the public feels less secure because, under the NDP, BC’s streets have become much less safe.

Surely this deserves more questioning by BC’s “working” media than it has received!

And then, there’s Eby’s handling of the administrative disasters at BC Housing, which is also his portfolio.

In a column July 11, Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer described the “sneaky” way Eby announced the firing of several members of BC Housing’s Board of Directors, after receiving the results of a highly critical authorized study/external report.

“He received the government-commissioned review on May 10. He posted it online with next to no fanfare on June 30, the eve of the Canada Day long weekend.”

Yes. Sneaky!

And Palmer noted more than just Eby’s timing.

“Because there are NDP fingerprints all over this mess, Eby could not fall back on his usual take-no-prisoners style of blame-placing, the way he did on money laundering and the ICBC dumpster fire, where the B.C. Liberals were entirely at fault.”

Read Palmer’s full column here:

And just a month earlier, to push for greater density development, Eby threatened to INTERFERE with municipalities’ rights to regulate and approve zoning bylaws … that have preserved, protected so many family residential neighbourhoods for decades.

Read the details of that scary bullying threat here:

Talk about a “Big Brother” dictatorial attitude by a provincial government! Imagine if Eby had the powers of Premier!

Eby is also backing the plan to build a 13-storey social housing high-rise for homeless, low income and mental health challenged people right in the middle of a prime Vancouver residential area on Arbutus at West 8th Ave.

That project … I have NO doubt … WILL turn out to be disaster: piling people with serious economic/social/mental health needs into a segregated “housing” tower in any neighbourhood is an archaic, isolating throwback to the disgraceful warehousing and crime-breeding social housing policies of the 1930s to 1950s!

Of course, as soon as any residents there walk out the front door, they will realize how isolated they are: with very few social services or public health facilities nearby.

And wait till they see the prices at nearby West side neighbourhood grocers, restaurants, barbers, shoe repairs etc.!

This project is only being foisted on the proposed location, I believe, because the radical far left extremists running Vancouver City Hall, with provincial funding, want to “stick it” to the well-heeled West side.

With Eby’s full support!

Read the details of that coming disaster here:

Nevertheless, the NDP will effortlessly crown Eby their new Leader and BC’s new Premier Dec. 3.

But with all his baggage, getting Eby ELECTED to the Premier’s job by the “working” tax-paying people of the province won’t be so easy!

Harv Oberfeld

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