An article in the Globe and Mail “Get Under The Desk”
This week, Montrealers were asking: Why us? Youths elsewhere in Canada are addicted to violent video games. Youths elsewhere in Canada live in soul-less suburbs. Youths elsewhere are alienated and into Goth culture. Yet while there have been similar high-school tragedies, all three rampages at Canadian postsecondary institutions occurred here, not in Toronto, or Vancouver or Halifax or Calgary.
“A lot of people are saying: Why does this always happen in Quebec?” says Jay Bryan, a business columnist for the Montreal Gazette, the city’s only English-language daily. “Three doesn’t mean anything. But three out of three in Quebec means something.”
What many outsiders don’t realize is how alienating the decades-long linguistic struggle has been in the once-cosmopolitan city. It hasn’t just taken a toll on long-time anglophones, it’s affected immigrants, too. To be sure, the shootings in all three cases were carried out by mentally disturbed individuals. But what is also true is that in all three cases, the perpetrator was not pure laine, the argot for a “pure” francophone. Elsewhere, to talk of racial “purity” is repugnant. Not in Quebec.
Woo! I know I know… this IS the Globe and Mail. I should treat this as when the National Enquirer shows Bush talking with UFOS…But WOW! I’m speechless. “Decades-long linguistic struggle”. “Once-cosmopolitan city” Can someone help me understand this? Who’s struggle has it been? Ouch! I mean! I really need to sit down with some poor Montréal Anglo and understand their struggle. It must be hard to be surrounded by 325 million English speaking people. I think I will pray so that Ratzinger makes a new “faux pas” and quotes Durham’s report to let people know what we really are in Quebec.
Merci à Alain!