Quebec and Canada: A bad romance
As a Canadian taxpayer, not living in Quebec, this makes me furious.
Did you know that the federal government spent $12.3 billion more in Quebec in 2008 than Quebecers paid in federal income tax?
I can almost hear every Tim Horton’s in the country imploding upon itself.
Now the Bloc wants Quebecers to get even more out of Canadians; it’s understandable considering that the Bloc Quebecois’ mandate is to break up our country.
Here’s what I think. I think these little bitches shouldn’t even get seats in the House of Commons. Why give them a Canadian taxpayer-funded platform to spew their treacherous messages? As a Canadian I know I’m not alone in this view.
But, hey! That’s what a democracy is all about.
I am really getting sick of Quebec. Okay, I’ve been sick of the little whiners for years. It isn’t enough that English-speaking Canadians are basically shut out of their own public service — even jobs that don’t need French. I’ve been frustrated for years because I can’t get work as an English writer in the government because I’m not fluently bilingual.
And don’t get me, or John Furlong, started about the bird-flipping the Canadian Olympic Committee received because a few of the panty-waisted French media thought there wasn’t enough French in the Opening Ceremonies. This, when the committee bent over backwards to get it right — even receiving a high-handed snub when asked if they could include Mon Pays in the ceremony!
What makes the snub all more infuriating is that its writer, Gilles Vignault, was actually commissioned — wait for it — by the National Film Board to pen the song.
Quebec, Quebec, it’s all about you — you with your one language signs that even Maxime Bernier says are no longer necessary to preserve the French language.
Let’s face it: today’s political parties are scared of Quebec, a place where they can’t get elected anyway. No way, no how.
And what do we, the Canadian public get, for our $12.3 billion? Bad roads to Mont Tremblant.
Quebec reminds me of The Boss in Zelda. You can run or hide, but it doesn’t matter; the Boss is always around throwing fireballs and zapping our energy.
We haven’t evolved as a society since the 1960s.
Our society has become more multicultural, and yet our focus is solely on the founding languages. (If I were an Aboriginal Canadian, I’d be asking WTF?).
The tools of our economy, our technology, even our health care system are predominantly English. We live, work and compete in a global economy, and Canada is no longer the insular nationalist state it was under Pierre Trudeau.
And yet, we continue to conduct our politics in an insular manner, as if we were still Upper Canada and Lower Canada, with the latter keeping all the cash.
Why do we continue to bend over backwards to appease Quebec?
I’m all for people retaining their languages and their culture. Quebecers are nice people and they should be able to live, work, play and be served in their own language. Quebec already has its own dual system for all its social services; its doctors and other professionals have their own unique associations. They have their own pension plan. What else do they want? What else do they need?
As a taxpayer who is already paying too much in tax, as a Canadian who is restricted in her employment because of the dominance of French in our federal government, I am looking for someone, anyone, to stand up to Quebec.
Let Quebec be a distinct society on its own dime.
If they don’t like, get stuffed. Build a skybridge over Quebec and let them enjoy their distinct society.
Until then, Gilles Duceppe, keep your hand out of my pocket.