My open letter to Pauline Marois

Dear Pauline,

Sorry that I have not written sooner; it really has been ages since we spoke. Actually, we’ve never spoken before, but you know what they say – better late than never.

You do know, Pauline, that you certainly don’t need an invitation to drop by whenever you are in town. Pop by my studio any weekday between 9 and noon. I work at CJAD. Yes, CJAD. It’s an English radio station right on the corner of Rene-Levesque and Papineau, you can’t miss us. Even if I’m interviewing some Anglo, never mind just come right in, sit down and make yourself at home.

I must congratulate you on the proposed Charter of Quebec values. Everybody, but everybody, is talking about it. Many of my friends are concerned about the massive debt and economic situation in this province and you cannot imagine how elated they are that you have managed to take their mind off such a depressing subject.

I know that we have a $258 billion debt, but I hear that you will borrow close to $2 million to help spread the word about the charter. Those Liberals would probably waste that money on hiring more nurses or some silly research project.

Before I forget, Pauline, please convey my best regards to that charming Monsieur Drainville who did such a fine job introducing the Charter the other day. The artist rendering of the hijabs and kippas and turbans causing such consternation was not exactly Mona Lisa, but it really was very well done.  A fine Quebecois artist no doubt.

Monsieur Drainville was very helpful to point out that the new charter is intended to unite us and provide clarity. I must commend him on his kind approach insisting that these measures will be phased in over a five year period so that those minorities get used to the idea of slowly being deprived of their rights without feeling like anyone is in an unseemly rush.

When it comes to referendums, the Clarity Bill, we both know, is utterly appalling, but you can never have too much clarity when it comes to banning religious minorities from landing a government job, now can you?

I know that you are such a busy woman having to comment on all those Brits punching each other out because of multiculturalism, but I hope you can help answer some questions from some of my dim-witted friends who just don’t get it.

One friend owns a big depanneur. He doesn’t want to hire more Muslim women or any religious Jews or Sikhs, but he has heard that it is against the law to discriminate against anyone on the basis of religion.  He wants to know if it would be okay for him to tell these ethnics that he does not want to hire them because he wants to have a neutral depanneur.

There is also a question posed by my neighbour who owns a small daycare centre. She has three Muslim women working for her who wear hijabs. Apparently, they do a very good job with the little kids. She wants to know if she should fire them right away unless they take off the hijab. If they refuse, should she attempt to remove it herself or will there be a specific Quebec government office to call?

Before I sign off, I must also commend you on your decision to keep the crucifix in place in the National Assembly. It’s part of the patrimoine, n’est-ce pas? For some reason, that Argentinian man in the Vatican, you know, the one who wears a white kippa, he is under the impression that the crucifix is a religious symbol, but what does he know?

Pauline, you have always said that Quebec appreciates diversity and that in Quebec, there is a place for everyone. Thanks to this Charter, minorities will know their place.

A la prochaine chicane,



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  1. James posted on 09/10/2013 04:54 PM
    This is perfect! I could not have said any of this better myself. Kudos!
    1. Mary Louise posted on 09/11/2013 08:25 AM
      @James Excellent!!!....Could have not been written better!!!....
  2. Maria posted on 09/10/2013 05:01 PM
    Well said Tommy, couldn't have said it better myself
  3. Guylaine Ecrement posted on 09/10/2013 05:15 PM
    Wow! would not have said it better myself !
    Only problem ...using complicated words such as "elated" will only loose our dear prime minister
  4. Laura L. posted on 09/10/2013 05:31 PM
    Well said, Tommy. Well said. ;)
  5. Gary Bernett posted on 09/10/2013 06:21 PM
    The Parti Quebecois never ceases to astound with their elitism ideals. The Minorities in question support very important economics. The Francophone Majority support to very large industries...Alcohol and Tobacco. VERY FRUSTRATING and even more VERY UNCONSTITUTIONAL if not downright prejudice. PERIOD.
  6. Alan Munroe posted on 09/10/2013 06:49 PM
    Dam smokin article there Tommy. Fabulous read. I am going to copy it to my Anglo Spend Power Use It page on FB
  7. Thomas posted on 09/10/2013 06:51 PM
    The notion that the French identity is disappearing in Quebec - is silly. Okay so the government of Quebec may be responsible - didn't they allow/encourage French-speaking immigrants to come to live in Quebec, without checking their religious beliefs ?
    I've been a Montrealer many decades and there had always been French and English signs - for clarity's sake. Yet O.Q.L.F - would have no English on any sign anywhere. And G-d forbid you have a word that is understood & used by all (pasta) ... it must be eradicated !
    I could rant for a long time - but with the Quebec economy going down the tubes (with the highest taxes in North America) - even if separation did happen tomorrow, as you say - the Quebec debt is huge. Tack on the costs involved - where exactly would Pauline find the doe-ray-me ? Well - by selling off Quebec's natural resources and/or land. (never mind Aboriginal rights)...
  8. Lynn Pecknold posted on 09/10/2013 06:52 PM
    Thanks, Tommy, you said it beautifully!
  9. tony colati posted on 09/10/2013 06:58 PM
    well said
  10. Elvis Gratton posted on 09/10/2013 07:13 PM
    I wonder if in Canada there's a place for everyone. There's certainly a place for immigrants, I mean they get service in their own language much easier in Toronto then French people. Hey, it's my country too isn't it?

    Les Québécois, we know our place since 1982, year when we started to be ruled under a constitution we didn't even sign. Think about that for a minute. or two in your case.

    Less than 1%. Remember that next time. I know I will : I couldn't vote in 95.

    1. treadhead posted on 09/11/2013 09:34 AM
      @Elvis Gratton Z'avez qu'à la signer la maudite constitution. Après tout même le gouvernement péquisse s'en sert....
    2. jonny posted on 09/11/2013 09:54 AM
      @Elvis Gratton Elvis, you can pretty much get served in French at any government office in Toronto. Just ask for it. Yes, you can also get served in Chinese, Hindi, Russian, Spanish.... It's about making everyone a part of our society.
  11. Sylvain posted on 09/10/2013 07:34 PM
    funny that Quebec was the first Province to accept Jewish people and their religion ,now what.
    1. Alec posted on 09/18/2013 05:34 PM
      @Sylvain I've grown tired of Quebec spinning their xenophobia. We did this, Canada does that as if to justify our own inexcusable behavior. Sylvain, we were also quite anti-semitic. The Jewish community, funny, doesn't support nationalist causes. Neither do the Italians, Irish, Greeks and others. That should tell you something, n'est pas? Perhaps I can tell you stories regarding Quebec's antiquated views reminiscent of Alabama c. 1945. Maybe we can exchange notes. Sounds as though Quebec nationalists refuse to look at itself in the mirror. Quebec wants to prop itself up by suppressing others. That in my book is wrong. Plain and simple.
  12. Peter M Black posted on 09/10/2013 07:39 PM
    The tongue in cheek is refreshing! Pauline wouldn't get any of it though, even if she could read it - she doesn't make this ex-Montrealer want to visit his homeland after 40 years out of the Province. Ooooops, Pauline, sorry I offended you by calling PQ a Province .. .. for her edification, "PQ" was "Province of Quebec" long before "Parti Quebecois" decided they liked the abbreviation! The original "PQ" belongs!
    1. Ellen H posted on 09/11/2013 11:26 AM
      @Peter M Black I agree Pauline and her group won't get it- she probably will take it literally and be very pleased with your approval. Maybe she will even visit CJAD because she sees you supporting her!
  13. Antonin Rossier-Bisaillon posted on 09/10/2013 07:40 PM
    Interesting article, but the arguments concerning the "neutral" dépanneur and the small daycare don't stand their ground.
    1. EAP posted on 09/17/2013 07:01 PM
      @Antonin Rossier-Bisaillon It's a judgement not an argument.
  14. David Frelat posted on 09/10/2013 07:48 PM
    About time someone really starts to enforce some real separation of church and state! Only mistake they did so far is not throwing that crucifix in the parliament in the trash where it belongs! I believe they should lead by example and take it out right away for others to follow suit.
    1. WILLinMTL posted on 09/23/2013 03:58 PM
      @David Frelat Could not agree more.
      How hypocritical is it of any gov't to ban religious other symbols but not their own ?!?
      Lead by example, remove the crucifix.
      This charter doesn't go far enough. Just ban ALL religion. Religions are all turning people's brains to mush. I mean, seriously, think about an imaginary man in the sky who knows every single thing that every single person is doing or thinking. Depending what country you were born in, because some imaginary friends are better than other imaginary friends.
      The bible reads worse than a Disney fairy tale, and people believe that stuff ?? Wow.
  15. DORIS SAGER posted on 09/10/2013 07:58 PM
    Very well said!!
  16. Lucie posted on 09/10/2013 08:12 PM
    Hello, I think that if this law would take place, it would need to be 100% transparent. That being said, Religion stay home... When a police women can not do her job because she's a women... it's NOT our way of doing here in Quebec, In Canada. Same goes for Doctors, teachers... If the people that comes from other countries with their own religion and believe don't like it here in Quebec, they can just move back from where they come from.... If a Canadian teacher wants to go teach french in the Muslim countries, she would need to be and respect their culture.... If Men and young men are not allowed to look at women that go the a gym, where let them move elsewhere.... Come on... The base of this chart is good and fair... especially for the people's right and women as well... Again, if those who are not happy can leave like they came into our country. If they don't like it in Quebec, they can move in another province... And they should start by learning french and the Canadian and Quebec history as well.... They live in MY province... If I would go in another country, I would have to comply to their rules..... That's how it goes....
    1. Amanda posted on 09/11/2013 09:13 AM
      @Lucie Lucie it is unfortunate that you feel this way because you believe that specific religions belong to specific countries...unfortunately this is not the case. I am Italian Canadian and was born in Quebec have lived here all my life and I am Muslim...should I perhaps go back to Italy where I supposedly came from? How about my friend Nathalie and Joanne who are also confessing Muslims but who are Quebecois and whose ancestors date back to several generations of Quebecois families where should they go so as to freely be able to practice their religious identity how they see fit? It is very closed minded to assume that all Muslims are Arabic or Near Eastern and have automatically migrated to Quebec Canada.
    2. Sharon posted on 09/11/2013 09:38 AM
      @Lucie Yep, move them out, our family from Ireland came in 1820 been on farm since then 10th generation but we are les autres. The paternal side in 1644 from France and assimilated well French and English up until all these legislations we were all neighbours and friends, and continue to be inspite of legislations. How long have your people been here? We Anglais should have left years ago if all of us go, then you will have a welfare state. Nothing to pay debt with as most business is satellite of mother company. Just keep doing it and there will be nothing left here. Canadian and Quebec history, Wolfe died and the English generously allowed the French people to keep language and religion. Where would you be without the English?? If USA had won in 1812, do you think you would have French any more than the Hispanics have Spanish language rights?

      Did you ever notice how many professionals are ethnic Canadian Quebecers, Why make people feel unwelcome here, maybe we need the open society to progress. We want law abiding good citizens not an exodus of society.
  17. Steve posted on 09/10/2013 08:52 PM
    OH God... objectivity 101... I'm gone go back to french media. they are not ALL separatist and not ALL federalist so they can be object if.
    1. Scott posted on 09/11/2013 11:37 AM
      @Steve if what?
  18. Lorne Shatner posted on 09/10/2013 08:58 PM
    Love it, Tommy. Brilliant!
  19. Sam Frouhar posted on 09/10/2013 09:00 PM
    Congratulations on keeping it clean yet so powerful! Good read!
  20. Marvin Birnbom posted on 09/10/2013 09:03 PM
    Tommy for our next Premier!!!
  21. Doug posted on 09/10/2013 09:08 PM
    Not bad would be better if he didn't lie about the Liberals. They hired more language inspectors, amended the education law so it's harder to go from private English to public.No party's habds are clean.
  22. Reta posted on 09/10/2013 09:15 PM
    Right on Tommy. To much time is wasted on this nonsense. It is time for all Quebeckers to speak up. We need to look at the real problems we face the economy and the need for more funding for hospitals and doctors.
  23. unknown posted on 09/10/2013 09:16 PM
    Perfect. Thank you.
    1. lise laplante posted on 09/19/2013 10:27 AM
      @unknown Tout allait quand même bien avant cette déclaration de la charte.....ce n'est qu'un coût politique......passons à autre sujet....soit l'économie et l'éducation, au décrochage scolaire ...aidons nos jeunes et les personnes agées à être bien servis dans quelques langues que ce soit ...reprenons nos droits et vivons dans l'harmonie avec tout le monde et non dans des particularités inutiles
  24. Rick from Ottawa posted on 09/10/2013 09:17 PM
    Tommy, well said. Unfortunately, there is a racist undertone that prevails with the separatist group. Remember, if you are not made of lain pure material, then you are relegated to second class citizens. They will ultimately succeed in their quest for sovernty by simple attrition.
    It boggles the mind to think that bill after bill is put into place. As with the language police, there will be further intimidations and new bills to further the cause.

    Unfortunately, they misrepresent democracy. Freedom of religion, language. Is the colour of the skin next. Nothing seems to surprise me with this gang of bullies.
  25. steve posted on 09/10/2013 09:39 PM
    Maybe this is why I can't sell my house to move to Canada..... as always, great job Tommy, this is a well thought out piece. As a white, non religious english male, I invite you to follow me and bring your skills and any money you have made in your life to where you are welcome and wanted.
    1. john Palov posted on 09/22/2013 11:33 AM
      @steve To the readers, I am so tired of having these paid government officials push us around like this. I have lived here all my life but have just about had it. And why do we give our taxes to them so they can enjoy very early pensions that are indexed, expense accounts, vehicles, medical and dental plans that far surpass the great majority. They should work hard and enjoy it as an honor to serve the population like teachers and nurses and others do. They get low wages and no perks and yet no one says a thing when these bureaucrats start acting like superior beings. It's time to change things. We just keep hearing about budget cuts but their benefits don't get reduced. Their salaries and other benefits should be publicly listed.
      It's time! Sincerely,
      John Palov
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