National Post

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Marois outdoes her predecessors with the most discriminatory platform Canada’s seen in years
National Post

[Marois] has, by common consent, run on the most frankly discriminatory platform of any party leader in this country’s recent history: from forbidding public servants to wear any religious symbol but the crucifix, to barring non-French speakers from running for public office, to the platform’s precisely worded anguish at the numbers of those living in Montreal whose “mother tongue” is something other than French. Add to that the promise of further restrictions on the use of English in the schools and in the workplace, and in a sense we are already in another country: it is hard to believe we are discussing life in 21st century Canada.

But make no mistake. The ethnocentric positions that have appalled so many commentators, at least outside Quebec, did not spring new-born from Marois’ fevered brow. The particular position of the province’s francophones, a majority within the province that nevertheless sees itself as an imperilled minority within North America, has given licence to a majoritarianism that would be repugnant anywhere else. Every province has its share of rednecks, but in no other province are they given the leadership of major political parties.

Si le parti républicain aux États-Unis faisait la promotion des mêmes mesures identitaires que celles proposées par le PQ, l’ensemble de la société américaine aurait, avec raison, accusé les républicains de racisme.

Mais au Québec, ça passe…