Jacques Villeneuve tears strip off protesters
Quebec's student protesters have a new celebrity critic and he's firing on all cylinders.
Jacques Villeneuve, the Quebec-born car-racing champion, is upset at a protest movement that has gone on for months and is now promising to turn up at Formula One Grand Prix events in Montreal all weekend.
In a five-minute exchange with reporters, Villeneuve urged the protesters to go back to school.
He suggested they were lazy.
He called them an embarrassment to Canada, especially to Quebec.
He suggested they were badly raised, by parents who never learned to say, 'No.'
And he said they risked scaring away tourists and wealthy taxpayers, who would just pick up and invest elsewhere in a more stable climate.
The student protest movement has received the enthusiastic endorsement of many Quebec celebrities and near-unanimous support from the artistic community.
But the Quebec-born, Monaco-raised driver just might have become the most famous, most virulent new critic of the movement.