Time to rethink SSJB as Fete Nationale's sole organizers?

A new study done by Leger Marketing for the Association of Canadian Studies shows that - not surprisingly - francophones feel a stronger attachment to Quebec around St-Jean Baptiste day than anglophones or allophones.

The association thinks the Fete Nationale would be more warmly embraced if it had a less political atmosphere.

Executive vice-president Jack Jedwab thinks one of the problems the Fete has is the organizers.

The nationalist Société-St-Jean-Baptiste organization is in charge of putting on the festivities.

Jedwab says that recent editions have often contained elements that make non-francophones uncomfortable.

He thinks toning those aspects down would encourage wider support among non-francophones.

The SSJB still hasn't convinced allo- and anglophones that the Fete is a celebration for all Quebecers - an argument made by all political leaders, regardless of party, over the years.

The SSJB is "just not best-placed to do unless they get some assistance or support from people who have different points of view so that it can become non-partisan."

He suggests both getting federal funding for the holiday and including a wider diversity of groups in the organizing committee as ways to de-politicize the celebrations.

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  1. db posted on 06/24/2014 08:27 AM
    During the 1950's I never missed the parade. It was the highlight to start the summer holidays. The politics of the parade has turned many people away with its underlying and less than discrete way to connect the parade with the separatist agenda. It would be great if Quebecers could show just a small portion of their enthusiasm for Canada Day.
  2. I Speak E F posted on 06/24/2014 08:59 AM
    It will never happen, it's just not in their raison d'etre. Speaking from experience, the SSJB are two faced. However, if they want to show some good will, let them start by promoting this as " La fête provinciale" or back to the days of yore when it was known as "Saint Jean-Baptiste Day", after all it's culturally correct.
  3. Shawn posted on 06/24/2014 09:37 AM
    Having changed the name from St-Jean Baptiste to Fete Nationale is a good start as to why the celebration is no longer fully embraced by all Quebecers.
  4. anne posted on 06/24/2014 10:56 AM
    Call June 24th St. Jean Baptiste day instead of Fete Nationale, .. respect July 1st as Canada Day like the rest of the Country does (instead of calling it Moving Day) (sick), and invite English and ethic musicians and entertainers to play alongside the French ones would be a start.
    There are many years of discrimination that have killed this day for the English and Allos.. it will take a lot to bring them back.
    Oh, and while your at it, get rid of the OQLF and Bill 101.. :P
  5. Mick898 posted on 06/24/2014 11:37 AM
    Leave it to politicians and everything goes south. ''La fête de la Saint Jean Baptiste'' was great with all the parades at different places. Now that it is called la Fête Nationale has a ring of false identity for many people even many French Canadians. You cannot have an organization wilt strong separatist root try to gather all the people of Quebec in unison. I am a proud (Canadien) Français an will be for ever.
  6. Drew posted on 06/24/2014 03:54 PM
    In my lounger days it was fun but now it has so much political under tones separation the OLF the PQ Party the Bloc Party signs not in both languages English is like saying the plague has arrived. Now to me it is just another day off except the stores are closed. So I will go shopping at Walmart in Plattsburgh and take advantage of there cheap gas which we sell them
  7. Mike d posted on 06/24/2014 09:02 PM
    No English people care about St jean. Just looking at the Quebec flag makes me sick so don't waste one once of time tring to figure out how to get Anglos involved.
  8. Cutie003 posted on 06/25/2014 03:06 PM
    Not one cent of tax money, either federal or provincial, should go to these celebrations until the SJBS and IF get their damn noses out of it. Why should I, an anglo, support this discriminatory day in any way, shape or form. Put the money into Canada Day (NOT moving day - just to insult us even more) and to hell with the separatists. Francophones have a right to celebrate this holiday but not to the exclusion of the rest of us - no matter what the seppies have to say about it! Then we will interested - not until.
  9. Kat posted on 06/27/2014 12:56 PM
    "He suggests both getting federal funding for the holiday and including a wider diversity of groups in the organizing committee as ways to de-politicize the celebrations" I agree in the de-politicizing SJB day,this should also apply to Canada day celebrations, in our town there is a big fete national party, on Canada day NOTHING.
  10. Johnny Aroma posted on 07/01/2014 09:23 AM
    I heard that this year some English performers were allowed to sing at the festivities. Thanks for the nod you SOB's. Federal money goes into the organizing of this politically charged holiday as well as provincial and i pay taxes, high taxes so that i can be told what i can say and in what language and which celebrations i can attend because of my not being pur lain. Bite me.
    How can a society who is now relying on immigration to boost and sustain its economy be so narrow minded. I guess a society that employs a judge that sentences a father to 60 days for slapping his daughter to death, but lets not forget other than killing his own daughter he's a nice guy.
    We're going down the tubes and fast
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