Ex-student leader rails against Americanization of Quebec
Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, the public face of last year's student movement, weighed in on the ongoing values debate in Quebec, and in so doing, raised the hackles of many people, including the executive vice-president of one of Montreal's largest movie theatre chains.
On his Facebook page, the former leader of the radical student group CLASSE, and author of a recently-released political book called Tenir Tête, posted his thoughts on the values charter debate, suggesting that American culture is far more dangerous to Quebec than Islamic culture.
"I'm the first to defend cultural diversity, and that begins with a defence of our Quebec culture," he wrote. "But it's not Islamization that should worry us, it's Americanization. It's not the return of religion through an "Islamic danger" that threatens the world's cultures: it's their standardization by the bulldozer of Hollywood commodification. Vincent Guzzo and the Dix30 district [in Brossard] are more dangerous to [Quebec] culture than a few hijabs."
It was an excerpt from a talk he gave on Wednesday at an event called Megaphone Montreal, a forum for ideas at the Quartier des Spectacles.
Vincent Guzzo took notice of the statement, and gave CJAD's Aaron Rand his response.
"I think he missed a great opportunity to shut up," Guzzo said. "I think he's probably on media withdrawal. I just think he wanted to mention my name because it would give him some visibility."
Guzzo believes Americans don't have the same overt repulsion for other cultures as some Quebecers do.
"If he's really so unhappy about the Americans and doesn't think the Americans are good people for his culture, you know, feel free and take a plane and go to Iran and live there," he says. "And after a few months...he'll let me know why so many Iranians left Iran to come and live in our country."
The day after his talk, Nadeau-Dubois posted on his Facebook page about seeing an old woman berating a young woman wearing a hijab, calling it "one of the ugliest and most violent scenes of my life," and adding, "there are few things more repugnant than racism."
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