Khadir blames English media for Rose firestorm

Posted By: Richard Deschamps · 3/15/2013 4:27:00 PM

The Quebec Solidaire party says it will not table a motion to honour FLQ terrorist Paul Rose, who died yesterday at the age of 69.

It issued a statement today saying it wouldn't, out of respect for the family and friends of Pierre Laporte, the Quebec cabinet minister who was kidnapped and murdered by the FLQ's Chenier cell, of which Rose was a member, during the October Crisis of 1970.

Yesterday, Quebec Solidaire MNA Amir Khadir made waves on social media with the suggestion that a motion should be tabled honouring Rose at the National Assembly, praising him as "an important figure in the independence movement," and praising him for the "sincerity of his dedication, integrity and intellect."

He also challenged members of the PQ to support such a motion as well.

Khadir blames English media

In a phone conversation with CJAD's Quebec City bureau chief Angelica Montgomery today (listen to the full interview in French below), Khadir suggested the media twisted his words, and that he merely suggested that figures who've marked Quebec history are usually recognized with a motion in the National Assembly.

He then continued to praise Rose as "an example of a rehabilitation that worked" and "an honest, sincere man," and then rattled off a list of politicians he believes haven't been punished for various crimes.

"How many politicians can you think of who can recognize their errors, Ms. Montgomery?" Khadir said. "The Charests, the Nathalie Normandeaus, Jacques Dupuis, all those people who took part in illegal financing of the Quebec Liberal party, have they recognized their errors?"

Later on, Khadir also blamed the English-language media for the negative reaction against him.

"I invite everyone, and especially the anglophone media and outraged federalists, to have a little respect," he said. "It's not the time, after Paul Rose's start spreading hate against Quebec nationalists."

At a news conference later on in the morning in Montreal, Khadir went further, accusing CJAD and "some English media" for wanting "to promote hate against nationalists."

And finally, when he was asked about whether he thought his comments disrespected the memory of Pierre Laporte, and those who continue to live with his loss more than four decades later, he deflected the question entirely.

"I hope that Laporte's family are able to understand that in a society, someone who recognized his error and goes to prison...we are not in a society of revenge, we are in a society of rehabilitation."

Reaction negative on social media

The reaction to the suggestion that Rose would be honoured with a National Assembly motion was almost unanimously against him on Twitter, with those reactions coming from both anglophones and francophones alike. And even a handful of his own supporters appeared to turn against him on Khadir's Facebook page.

"I'm handing in my QS [membership] card, I've had enough," wrote Steve Pearson. "If politicians take the side of terrorism, we face anarchy." Others quoted a statement from René Lévesque made the day after the Laporte murder which described those who "coldly and deliberately" assassinated Pierre Laporte as "inhuman beings".

Meanwhile, in Quebec City, the PQ indicated that it would have nothing to do with any kind of motion honouring Rose.

"There can never be any excuse for violence in a democratic society like ours." said PQ MNA Scott McKay. "We need to have a thought, also, for the family of Mr. Laporte."

Photos: La Presse

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  1. Ian posted on 03/15/2013 03:01 PM
    The more Amir Khadir opens his mouth. the more he acts like a clown. It is ironic that he fled an oppressive country Iran to immigrate to Canada, a country he attacks regularly. Paul Rose and his FLQ supporters are nothing more than criminal terrorists, who received more support than they merited. I am ashamed as a Canadian and Quebecer to have this dufus as a member of our National Assembly. Afterall, his daughter was arrested last year for her part in the student protests against tuition increase. Khadir would do better if he would focus more on the serious issues affecting our city and province rather than glorifying some terrorist.
    1. Rudolph S posted on 03/17/2013 01:03 PM
      @Ian this joker khadir left Iran ?..... why did he not stay there and use his talents to stir up the ayatholas or the fanatical leaders... oh..there they would not have tolerated him, so he thinks, he can now make himself a name in Canada as freedomfighter Quebec.... Go back to Iran, see how long you stay a free or alive ... maybe there they 'give you a medal for sanctifying murderers....
    2. Le Québécois posted on 03/18/2013 03:10 AM
      @Ian "Afterall, his daughter was arrested last year for her part in the student protests against tuition increase."

      In french Québec youth these actions are considered "militant" or "cool".

      Québec, like it or leave it...

      BTW I am NOT umaga ! but I agree with him...
  2. jonico posted on 03/15/2013 03:02 PM
    There seems of lately to be a growing trend with politicians from PQ party & now Khadir - they say the dumbest, idiotic things & when critized by everyone, (French, English & even their own party), blame only the anglo-press often referred as angry anglo-press. His sudden brain-fart "hero" idea that he conjured up yesterday was trashed by everyone. Khadir, take it like a man. Admit you screwed up. You show by today's actions you have absolutely no integrity nor courage & only make lame excuses. Hopefully your voters will have enough sense next time not to vote you in. Amazing where tax money goes - it is the land of opportunity to have people like that in power. Scary!!!!
  3. Drew posted on 03/15/2013 03:05 PM
    He was voted in so now live with his stupidity
  4. vox rationis posted on 03/15/2013 03:09 PM
    Amir Khadir - choosing publicity over good taste since 2008...
    1. Le Québécois posted on 03/18/2013 03:20 AM
      @vox rationis You mean like pastagate ?
  5. marion perrault posted on 03/15/2013 03:23 PM
    Amir Khadir is an embarassment to Quebec.
  6. Billy posted on 03/15/2013 03:28 PM
    You have got to be kidding. Honouring a Terrorist group who was involved in the strangling of an innocent man who was a father, husband and son. It does not get any more brutal than that. The man should never have gotten out of prison. He is an affront to all of Canada especially Quebecers.
  7. KK_Harvey posted on 03/15/2013 03:28 PM
    I do not care what language you speak, if you are a criminal you should not be honored for anything.
  8. Olive posted on 03/15/2013 03:33 PM
    I don't understand why we tolerate and financially support this person. He should be told to resign, not asked! He doesn't belong in our political machine! The more he opens his mouth, the worse he makes it.
  9. Umaga posted on 03/15/2013 03:37 PM
    Paul rose served his sentence and then devoted the rest of his life working peacefully to better Quebec society , through union activities he helped improve conditions for Quebec workers , and he pushed for independence through democratic means .
    He reminds us that giving people a second chance benefits us all .
    It took courage for Mr. Khadir to point this out in this era .
    1. Joe posted on 03/16/2013 09:42 AM
      @Umaga Agreed to a certain point but as Mr. Khadir pointed himself (not the press) his FLQ days are the one we should be honoring. Maybe in the country he came from some not all of the people that fight for their cause with the use of violence are considered hero's or martyrs here they are considered criminals and kidnapping and murder or terrorism in this case should not be rewarded with a statue in Quebec City. If that's the way you think Umaga then in this respect your mind is a twisted as his. Even your buddies in to PQ stayed away from this hot potato. Places (not country's) or provinces in this case that resolve to free themselves from country's that mistreat them separate then then are almost recognized as a country soon after a government is put in place but in Quebec the mistreatment does not exist in the context of what the UN recognizes as inhumane so these jokers decided to break the law and kill a person, kidnap another for their language and culture. It would have created the opposite atmosphere of would your independence movement needed so all politicians stay away from the terrorists not heroes.
    2. SandySpeaks posted on 03/16/2013 10:31 AM
      @Umaga Are you and Mr Khadir utterly deranged? Paul Rose a hero?? By the same token, is Richard Henry Bain a hero? No – they both unremorsefully murdered innocent people under the assumption that they were benefitting Quebec.
  10. John Krule posted on 03/15/2013 03:40 PM
    Khadir, needs to hand in his resignation, or be fired immediately.

    He and or his party need to be accountable for his comments,and I mean multiple comments.

    I will spare the details on how this is just not acceptable and insensitive.

    Khadir is an educated person??

    Then he blames the English media for the negativity against souvrenists or separatists?

    Wakeup call Khadir, This is possibly the first time in Quebec History, that
    Francophones, Anglophones, and Separatists all agree, his comments are incentive's and disrespectful to the "VICTIM'S" family.

    Khadir needs to resign.
  11. LMAO posted on 03/15/2013 04:14 PM
    Of course it was the evil Anglo's, they must have sent some sublime message over the airwaves to make poor Mr Khadir say those things.

    "I invite everyone, and especially the anglophone media and outraged federalists, to have a little respect," Khadir told a CJAD reporter. "It's not the time, after Paul Rose's start spreading hate against Quebec nationalists."

    But it's ok to spread hatred and fear about the Anglo community to everyone else though.

    Looking forward to reading Umago or Le Quebecois's comments on this subject with much interest. Please feel free to write in French or English.
  12. Joe posted on 03/15/2013 04:32 PM
    How on earth can khadir blame the English media for words that came out of his mouth? Does he think someone else said those words using his voice?
  13. Mike posted on 03/15/2013 04:35 PM
    Paul Rose sould have been put in jail untill the day he died.Terrorism is unacceptable in todays day and age and he should have been made an example of.
    "I invite everyone, and especially the anglophone media and outraged federalists, to have a little respect," Khadir told a CJAD reporter. "It's not the time, after Paul Rose's start spreading hate against Quebec nationalists."....Have respect for a terrorist?.....Not the time to start spreading hate againgst Quebec Nationalists?'re the one who idolizes a terrorist and wants to make him a "hero" you're the one spreading hate Mr. Khadir. I think its time you start to have a "little respect" for the people who died so people like you could live here in freedom Sir. Have a little respect for the Canadians who allowed your family to immigrate here, and provide you with a first world education, and free health care. "Khadir blames English media"....Of course he does....Like anyother terrorist, he blames the victims (turn-speak so to speak). This language issue and sovergnity issue needs to be put to rest finally. Any party that is in favor of breaking up the country should be charged for treason (French or English). We need to start worrying about the people who are stealing our money and lining their pockets, and the laws that provide them immunity from criminal perscution. Scandal after scandal....tons of money being stolen, huge job loss, criminal business practices,police brutality, lack of doctors, crumbling infrastructure. Ceasar once said "Divide and conquor" it is clearly as true now as when he said it a couple thousand yrs ago. It seems to be in human nature that we are not happy unless we are fighting about something.Lets fight these other problems first (quebec pays the highest taxes yet where are the services we need) How come EI recipients are now being treated as criminals, when there is huge job it because some politicians stole the 50billion EI surplus?
    Taxpaying Canadians losing their jobs and they cant even call EI because they are not picking up the phones-Those that are receiving EI are having agents drop by unannounced to make sure they are not scamming the system. But we have no money for doctors?
    Is language more important then any of these issues?
  14. K_Harvey posted on 03/15/2013 04:45 PM
    The media had nothing to do with it, it was his choice to want to honor a man convicted of murder and terrorism that had EVERYTHING to do with it.
  15. Theo posted on 03/15/2013 05:03 PM
    It never ends.

    Can anyone imagine a time in the future when we will have linguistic peace and everyone lives in harmony?
  16. george posted on 03/15/2013 05:25 PM
    paul rose was not a nationalist. he was a murderer. Pierre Laporte wasn't even english.
  17. jim elston posted on 03/15/2013 05:33 PM
    How dare you m.Khadir, you are nothing but a racist troublemaker, this is yet another disgusting attack on the anglophones of québec, we are becoming, thanks to you, and separatists like you, a comedy, all over the world, we are on the verge of a revolution, and you sir are doing absolutely nothing to try and make things at least liveable, the tensions are so high, it would not surprise me if in the days that follow, there could be a complete downfall of the province of québec,what a sad joke you are, and there are so many like you, pathetic souls who have nothing better to do in life than make heros of murdurers like paul rose,,,
    1. dan frank posted on 03/16/2013 01:28 PM
      @jim elston you say we are on a verge of a revolution and you are totally right , when that day comes Mr. Khadir will join the side he feels will be most beneficial to him and may change sides if it suits him .
  18. ex-MTLer posted on 03/15/2013 06:08 PM
    There's always the possibility his words were "twisted," but I'm not buying it. I figure he just can't bring himself to say, "I'm sorry. I was wrong. I made an awful mistake." Instead, he blames the English-language media for promoting "hate against nationalists." Do the people of Mercier riding actually like and respect this guy? Eugghh.
  19. Basil Vandemark posted on 03/15/2013 06:08 PM
    If I went to Iran and spoke like you do, I would end up in a government dungeon. You do not understand or share the values that makes Canada a peace-loving country. Why did you come here?Shame on you !!!
  20. Joe posted on 03/15/2013 07:41 PM
    This has nothing to do with the English or French media this has to do with making a kidnapper-murderer a Saint. A person has died god rest his soul but lets not make him a martyr for the cause when in reality its an embarrassment that certain people had to resort to violence to get their point across.
  21. Rudolph S posted on 03/15/2013 08:49 PM
    is that Khadir character for real..... who allows such a crackpot even to represent people, is that what quebec has become.. Marois, .Language Police, Corruption at high levelsd and now these people want to worship a common criminal just because he finally died....
  22. steve posted on 03/15/2013 09:30 PM
    And i assume he believes Richard Bain to be a man of sincerity,dedication,integrity and intellect as well.And people actually voted for this guy? That scares me!i
  23. JohnH- posted on 03/16/2013 12:53 AM
    It's a real shame that Mr.Khadir himself couldn't exhibit the same human qualities that he has bestowed upon Paul Rose in his own life. Physician heal thy self.
  24. Le Québécois posted on 03/16/2013 01:12 AM
    "with those reactions coming from both anglophones and francophones alike"

    probably anglophones from the ROC pretending to be from Québec (like in pastagate, put back the flag and some critiq members) are telling us how we should think in Québec as well...

    Almost no political mileage has been done on Mr. Bain's account.
    Nationalists had an opportunity to bash everything anglo but the press remained really quiet it terms of politics on that incident.

    But for english federalist media it seems every opportunity, even while people are mourning their dead, is an opportunity to bash Quebekers and their nationalists vues.

    Critiq and other federalist groups talk about rights and privileges but never miss a shot at backstabbing... while nationalists make mistakes but then act with honor and dignity...

    That's why Québec is, and will always be different from Canada...
    And Quebekers will always be proud to be quebekers first, and canadians second, if not at all.
    1. LMAO posted on 03/16/2013 08:22 AM
      @Le Québécois Critiq and other federalist groups talk about rights and privileges but never miss a shot at backstabbing... while nationalists make mistakes but then act with honor and dignity...

      That statement above is one of the reasons your end goal will always remain a dream.

      What honor what dignity - a kidnapping terrorist is a kidnapping terrorist - a proof is a proof. Proof that most of Quebec want's nothing to do with you and your type - read the polls the real Quebecor's have no interest in joining you in your banana republic along side Madame la Deficit. Sleep well mon amie it will never come to pass.

      As for Mr Bain if he is guilty of the accusations he faces, he is no better then Rose but the difference is one was tried and found guilty and one is accused of being guilty. Some details are withheld so as not to be able to be used by the defense team as a means of getting him off the charges. If you had stayed in school you would have learned the difference.
    2. joemontreal posted on 03/16/2013 01:03 PM
      @Le Québécois "while nationalists make mistakes but then act with honor and dignity"

      I don't know what kind of fantasy land you are living in but I would certainly love to have directions on how to get there.

      "Quebekers will always be proud to be quebekers first, and canadians second"

      I'm actually a born and raised/tax paying Quebecer and I'm a Canadian first. Si vous tenait vraiment à cœur québec, tu serais plus en faveur d'unir les gens ici au lieu d'imposer vos tactiques de division que j'ai vu dans vos messages sur ce site. C'est ce qui fait la force! pas vos sentiments anti-canada. Et oui je parle français! Vous êtes un traître à la culture québécoise, les valeurs et le respect.
  25. CDU posted on 03/16/2013 08:55 AM
    How can a person with thoughtless comments like these have a seat in our government? People voted for this publicity opportunistic, terrorist-loving, racist. That's the scary part.
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