Victims of 'soft ethnocide'

Posted By: Canadian Press · 2/4/2013 3:43:00 PM

A report funded in part by Quebec's governing party says francophones across Canada are the victims of a soft ethnocide.

The study, unveiled Monday in Montreal, was conducted by a Quebec independence group with the help of partisan money from political parties — including the Parti Quebecois.

The Estates-General on Quebec Sovereignty project is based on the input of 1,200 people in 13 regions across the province.

The report's authors say the research represents the first phase of the project. It identifies 92 ways in which the Canadian system hinders Quebec's development against the interests and values of Quebecers.

The report underlines a wide range of issues such as the end of the long-gun registry, the competing regional interests in energy policy, and how 27 new federal ridings have been created outside Quebec compared to only three within it.

The first item on the list says Ottawa has allowed anglophone provinces to commit "soft ethnocide" on Acadians and the French-Canadian minorities.

"We're reminding people of the evolution of Canada when we systematically eliminated French at the start of the 20th century," said Gilbert Paquette, head of the pro-independence group behind the commission.

Paquette said the goal of the project was to identify problems with the Canadian Constitution and its effect on day-to-day life in Quebec.

The second phase, set to begin in April, will look at potential solutions for Quebec, he added.

"We will look at how to get rid of these shortcomings of the Constitution," said Paquette, president of the Conseil de la souverainete du Quebec. "I think this effort will link very well the sovereigntist project with everyday preoccupations of citizens."

He said participants in the first phase included people from political, environmental, union and student groups.

The project, la Commission des Etats generaux sur la souverainete du Quebec, was launched 11 months ago. The term, "estates-general," originally stems from the citizens' assemblies that existed under the French monarchy.

The initiative, however, did not generate much media interest on Monday.

Panellists outnumbered reporters at the new conference, which saw only one question from a French-language news outlet.

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  1. Mike posted on 02/04/2013 04:01 PM
    Creating a bigger gap between the French and English is what this Parti Quebecois is good at. Create fear, and the ignorant will eat out of your hand and believe every word that you say.
    1. Le Québécois posted on 02/07/2013 03:10 AM
      @Mike No, census data is doing it better. Numbers don't lie.
  2. Joe posted on 02/04/2013 04:11 PM
    27 new federal ridings have been created outside Quebec compared to only three within it. --- What do they expect? There are 10 provinces plus the territories. It looks to me that they came out just about right.

    We will look at how to get rid of these shortcomings of the Constitution. --- They did not sign the Constitution. If they want to make changes to it, they have to sign first.

    The ONE thing QUEBEC has to do before anything is GROW UP.
    1. Le Québécois posted on 02/07/2013 03:16 AM
      @Joe "27 new federal ridings have been created outside Quebec compared to only three within it."
      Since mathematics, Quebec represents 22% of the population of Canada, not 10% !

      "They did not sign the Constitution." no but we still have to apply it.
      In a normal country it would be considered a problem that almost a quarter of its population did not sign it but I guess its just french people so its ok.

      "The ONE thing QUEBEC has to do before anything is GROW UP"
      Sure, we are your children, you "own" us, and if we do exactly like you say we will "grow".
      Typical colonialism attitude...
  3. Tom posted on 02/04/2013 04:12 PM
    What a joke. Quebec makes a big profit for staying part of the country, Quebec has 23% of the Canadian population and 23% of the seats in parliament. It didn't generate much interest because the people who were doing the study and those funding it have heads full of hot air.
    Either a) get out and take your massive debt and stupid high taxes with you
    Or b) quit whining because most of your problems are bride of your provincial government. I saved 8000$ a year just by moving out of Quebec...multiply that by nearly 8 million and you mean to tell me that the provincial government still can't manage their debt...laughable, that is what the provincial politicians are.
    1. Le Québécois posted on 02/07/2013 03:19 AM
      @Tom "a) get out and take your massive debt and stupid high taxes with you"

      This is what we wanted but in 1995 the federal government did everything to prevent us from going, and is still is today with the "undefined" clarity act.

      Its your fault we are still here.

      Please let us go !
  4. Ian posted on 02/04/2013 04:46 PM
    It is too bad that the PQ has it's priorities in the wrong place. French-speaking Canadians outside of Quebec have a vibrant culture and are benefitting from the fact that a significant number of Canadians are learning French. One thing the PQ and it's separatist allies are immune to is facts. They prefer to live in a fantasy utopian world where emotion prevails over fact and reality. Whenever I visit Ottawa, I hear French people being served in French. My relatives had their kids learn French. So much for the belief that French is threatened!
    1. Le Québécois posted on 02/07/2013 03:27 AM
      @Ian The perils of anecdotical evidence...

      "French-speaking Canadians outside of Quebec have a vibrant culture."
      Aside from their demographic weight systematically decreasing every census and being blamed all the time for the "high cost of bilingualism"

      "are benefitting from the fact that a significant number of Canadians are learning French"
      I know the CBC is highlighting it in bold type each time an anglo does that, and I applaude them, but its not near enough to prevent demographic marginalization.

      "Whenever I visit Ottawa, I hear French people being served in French". Truth is that Ottawa is not that bilingual after all.

      In terms of respondents' knowledge of one or both official languages, the numbers are English only at 59.9 percent, English and French at 37.2 percent, French only at 1.6 percent, and neither official language at 1.3 percent.
      So almost two times out of three they cannot serve you in french.
  5. Realist posted on 02/04/2013 04:48 PM
    So a poll taken by partisan groups finds what it sets out to find. Really? Ethnocide is the killing of an ethnic group, how can that be soft? The creation of ridings to better represent the growing population in certain areas only means that Quebec is not as relevent to the general welfare of Canada as they seem to think. By the way how does the ending of the long gun registry ( which I oppose) mean that francophones are in danger. It only represents the Conservative government's lack of concern for the people of Canada.
  6. rajko posted on 02/04/2013 06:08 PM
    so, this is where my tax money goes. Instead of restoring health care and decaying infrastructure, they choose to spend millions of dollars on BS studies, hate propaganda, and agendas that would ensure Pauline (et al) to lead the country rather than "merely" a province. IOW, I'm supposed to pay for their rise to the "glory". So much for accountability. And how can they run a country when they're unable to run a province?????????
    1. Le Québécois posted on 02/07/2013 03:33 AM
      @rajko Well the federal government is giving "my money" for decades to partitionists and anglo-supremacist groups in this province trying really hard to undermine our national identity and to hide their neo-colonialism objectives under the desguise of equality and freedom.

      So I believe sovereignists groups have the right to respond.
  7. LMAO posted on 02/05/2013 07:19 AM
    "We will look at how to get rid of these shortcomings of the Constitution," said Paquette, president of the Conseil de la souverainete du Quebec. "I think this effort will link very well the sovereigntist project with everyday preoccupations of citizens."
    Translated that means lets fill the Francophone Quebecor's minds with hatred and miss directions while we erode their rights and freedoms from under their very own noses.

    Quebec's real issues:
    No money for healthcare or infrastructure, no real industrial growth since 1995, no real investments from anywhere in the world since 1995, no real growth of good paying jobs since 1995.
    Reason:
    Quebec chooses to isolate itself from the rest of the world and wonders why no-one comes knocking on its door.
    Like all farmers you reap what you sow.
    1. Umaga posted on 02/05/2013 11:08 AM
      @LMAO No growth since '95 , no investment since '95 , no new jobs since '95 , Geez thank god we got rid of those incompetent , corrupt Liberals !
    2. Le Québécois posted on 02/07/2013 03:42 AM
      @LMAO "no real industrial growth since 1995, no real investments from anywhere in the world since 1995, no real growth of good paying jobs since 1995."

      If you knew anything about the economy you would know that the inflation adjusted Dow Jones has decreased in value since 2000. So its actually a global phenomenon.

      But I guess its always the fault of french people.
      Same in New Brunswick where they are systematically accused of the "high cost" of bilingualism.
  8. matthew Britton posted on 02/05/2013 10:56 AM
    There are no laws in quebec, nor Canada for that matter, that treat french canadians like concentration camp prisoners in a Nazi regime. however, there are laws that treat those who speak any other language than french as a disease. these are known as Bill 101 and soon, bill 14. I am ashamed that The PQ and OQLF are permitted to impose and enforce such blatant violations of the CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS ( Section 16), without challenge by the Prime Minister of Canada. While Harper worries about Alberta Oil interests, he is also ignoring Linguistic Bigotry ( hate crimes) by the PQ, and Cultural Genocide ( denial of services, education, quality of life) in English and All Other Languages except french. Quebec is a province in Canada, and We are Canadians who live here in Quebec, CANADA!
    1. Le Québécois posted on 02/07/2013 03:50 AM
      @matthew Britton "There are no laws in quebec, nor Canada for that matter, that treat french canadians like concentration camp prisoners in a Nazi regime"
      No, but in many english provinces they once "outlawed" french schools. Something they NEVER did or even never thought of doing to the english in Québec, even from the most separatist people.

      "bill 14"
      Bill 14 is actually the Québec version of the systematically applied "where demands justifies it" applied to french people in the ROC.
      I guess its about time we adjusted to "canadian values" in Québec !

      "without challenge by the Prime Minister of Canada"
      Of course, if they acknowledged more rights to you they would have to do the same for the french in the ROC and they wouldn't want that. Imagine having english people forced to provide even more services in french... that's scary !
  9. Mike L. posted on 02/08/2013 11:24 AM
    As a Canadian citizen, I expect to get served in French everywhere in my own country.
    1. Le Québécois posted on 02/09/2013 03:09 AM
      @Mike L. Dream on...
    2. LMAO posted on 02/09/2013 05:45 PM
      @Mike L. If this is your expectation then why do you not wish the same for the other English speaking Canadian Citizens living in Quebec Are they nor equally as Canadian as you and do they not deserve to be treated with the same respect?
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