NDG councillor Jeremy Searle won't apologize for comparing sovereignty movement to insect infestation that needs to be exterminated

Independent councillor for the Loyola district in NDG Jeremy Searle won't apologize for comments he made after the election comparing the sovereignty movement to an infestation of insects that needs to be exterminated.

Searle made the controversial comment at a borough council meeting last week.

Since then, borough mayor Russell Copeman has distanced himself from the comment and Montreal mayor Denis Coderre has asked him to apologize.

Searle argued he just said what everyone is thinking, that "perhaps in 10 years time, they could eradicate the separatist movement like they hope to do with Emerald Ash Borer insects" that are currently ravaging city trees. "Except that the Emerald Ash Borer does less damage than the separatists," Searle had said.

"Well, of course it should, does somebody disagree with that? Do we want to have a separatist movement in Quebec? I don't think so. Of course it needs to be eradicated," Searle told CJAD 800 News.

Searle said he was really comparing the costs to the Quebec economy of the separatist movement to that of the Emerald Ash borer infestation which was on last week's borough council agenda.

But Searle is making no apologies.

"I don't see why anybody should be offended. Everybody I know, separatists excluded, wants to see the end of the separatist movement. It's bad for the economy, it's bad for Quebec. I don't quite see where the news is in this," Searle said.

Searle said if anything Coderre should apologize to him for attacking him.

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  1. Paul posted on 04/16/2014 09:42 AM
    I agree with Mr Searle. Separatists are essentially traitors to their country and harm everyone including themselves.
  2. joeN posted on 04/16/2014 11:51 AM
    Hey Jeremy you are now stooping to the same ignorant level as the PQ. It's one thing to be happy that that the PQ was thrown out in the election of April 7 th it's something totally unacceptable when you keep perpetuating the same unacceptable behaviour and language the PQ resorted to in the last 18 months. As a democratically elected politician we expect you to be more professional and respectful of the other parties and the voters.
    1. Barcham posted on 04/16/2014 10:11 PM
      @joeN What is ignorant about wanting to eradicate a movement that wants to destroy our country? Please do not take his comments for anti-Quebec or anti-French as they are not that at all. His comments are PRO-CANADA and anti-separatist. At the very least, it is time to put the term 'sovereignist' to bed. The term is SEPARATIST, pure and simple.

      There is nothing at all unacceptable about standing up for CANADA, the country I was born in, the country I love and would be willing to die to defend. If you think that is unacceptable, you are part of the problem and maybe you should leave.
    2. LMAO posted on 04/16/2014 10:53 PM
      @joeN I think everyone is entitled to their opinion. I think his analogy was quite tame to others i have heard.
  3. Barcham posted on 04/16/2014 12:14 PM
    I agree with him 100%. The separatist movement is the biggest detriment to Quebec's success in Canada and Internationally. Why is it that separatists are permitted to say whatever they want with impunity but whenever someone expresses a contrary opinion, they have to be squashed? The English language is treated like a disease to be contained from spreading and eradicated if possible, but a movement who's only goal is to DESTROY our country must be treated with kid gloves? WHY?

    Enough is enough. If more people would stand up to these xenophobic, bigoted separatists, we would not be in this situation in the first place. But no, they have to be treated with care because if not, they might threaten another referendum or throw some other kind of tantrum. TOUGH!!! Let them cry and whine and throw all the tantrums they want and we should all ignore them. Stop giving them the attention they crave and eventually they will fade away. They are like spoiled, petulant, children. It is time to grow up.
    1. Jeremy posted on 04/17/2014 01:50 PM
      @Barcham Who says they're permitted to say whatever they want with impunity? Didn't three quarters of the population just kick them out of office? As has been said many times before, freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from consequences. Separatists exercised their freedom of speech, their right to an opinion. Most people didn't agree, and they lost the government because of it.

      I don't think the backlash against councilor Searle is because he is anti-separatist (or pro-Canada, if you prefer), it's because the language he chose to frame it is at the level of schoolyard name-calling, and not befitting an elected official.
  4. Greg Patterson posted on 04/16/2014 12:27 PM
    Good, separatists have the goal of breaking apart Canada:Treason

    They should be classified as cockroaches.

    No apology needed.
  5. Will Super posted on 04/16/2014 12:43 PM
    PQ should apologize for introducing the Charter of "no" Values to the Quebec population. Jeremy Searle is absolutely right at comparing the PQ to insects, and should NOT apologize for what the majority of minority population thinks.
  6. ric posted on 04/16/2014 01:29 PM
    Most people I know think like Mr. Searle. He has nothing to apologize for. I've always thought that separatism is a form of treason.
  7. rosato1954 posted on 04/16/2014 03:26 PM
    Montreal is different from the rest of Quebec. The cost of lingering separation can be understood by comparing Montreal and Toronto between 1970 and today. Montreal should become officially bilingual and become a city state , always part of Canada. The economic impact onf the above actions will be immediately seen.
    1. N. Spencer posted on 04/17/2014 09:41 PM
      @rosato1954 The city-state idea is a good one, and it's been catching on in TO. and VAN.
      Canadian cities are at the mercy of a loaded electoral system that benefits the country ridings, like England 200 years ago. Why else are Harper and Ford in power? Why else has Toronto been so culturally hobbled for so many decades?
  8. George73 posted on 04/16/2014 04:39 PM
    Why should he apologize. Separatists have considered Anglos vermin for years and never attempted to hide their wish to forcibly relocate us down the 401.

    Funny how the separatists have forked tongues and plenty of venom when they are on the attack, but incredibly thin skin when someone else bites back.
  9. Keith Kravitz posted on 04/16/2014 06:18 PM
    Searle does not owe an apology to the sovereignty movement for his truthful comments. The sovereignty movement has done an extreme amount of damage to Quebec during the 40 years since the PQ were first elected as a government. Quebec is an economic basket case that is 100% dependent upon welfare payments from the Federal Government. If it were not for the transfer payments, Quebec's deficit and debt would be astronomical. The sooner the PQ party dissolves (hastened by the thrashing delivered to the PQ by Quebckers on April 7, 2014) the better. I give the PQ party about 18 months or so before they call it quits. Look for many defections from the PQ MNAs over the coming months.
    1. Mac Pap posted on 04/17/2014 09:33 PM
      @Keith Kravitz Actually, you're wrong. Everyone hates all the parties. First the Libs got punished, then the PQ. People have made the mistake of calling separatism dead many times in the past and lived to regret it. Count on idiots like Searle to give it a real boost next time.
  10. Kathy posted on 04/16/2014 11:19 PM
    Amen! It's about time somebody finally spoke up. I'm sick and tired of feeling unspoken for. It feels like we are constantly walking on eggshells not to offend the French speaking population who constantly claim that there language is in danger. Are you kidding me!!! The separatist movement has made Toronto the city it is today and what Montreal should have been now. I hope that somebody will now have the guts to get rid of the OLF who are a complete waste of my tax dollars and use that extra few millions towards something more useful. Lets hope.
    1. Mac Pap posted on 04/17/2014 09:38 PM
      @Kathy The economic centre of gravity has been moving west ever since W. W. II.
      You can't give away office space in downtown Toronto now.
  11. More BS posted on 04/17/2014 06:45 AM
    It's about time someone call these losers for what they are . I would have went a step,further and called them something to scrape off my shoe after a bad day at the dog park. For decades these self righteous imbeciles have destroyed the economy, split families and made life miserable foe people in this PROVINCE. He owes zero apologies. He deserves our gratitude.
  12. Kimberley posted on 04/17/2014 07:33 PM
    What the hell is wrong with you people. He was talking about the PQ Party, not the human people to exterminated. I totally agree with him. Good for you for outright saying it.
  13. paul aparycki posted on 04/18/2014 03:52 PM
    I don't understand why he should be chastised for speaking the truth . . . something no pequiste has ever done.
  14. Jimovitch posted on 04/18/2014 09:44 PM
    I agree with Mr. Searle too.. Anyone with more than half thier cognative thinking intact would know that Quebec couldn't survive a true separation. Nobody wants that, especially NDG.
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