Couillard The government will protest against a text published in the Washington Post last week.
Unlike the House of Commons in Ottawa, Quebec decided to act against a diatribe published in this newspaper a few days after the murderous attack in a mosque in Quebec City, which left six people dead and several wounded.
The commentary, written by a Vancouver polemicist, JJ McCullough, concluded that Quebec was more racist than the rest of Canada.
On Wednesday afternoon, the National Assembly unanimously condemned, in a motion presented by the official opposition, the text of opinion by asking the government to rectify these words “held against the Quebec people”.
At the end of the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Minister of International Relations Christine St-Pierre said the government would act on the motion.
An official letter will be sent to the Washington Post to express the “discomfort” and “disagreement” of the government, said the press officer of the Minister, Ann-Clara Vaillancourt. The letter was being written in the afternoon and it was not yet clear who was going to sign it to the government.
“I do not even want to answer what he wrote because it’s so much underneath everything, told M me St-Pierre in a scrum. (…) You can not make shortcuts by saying ‘because there is that, there is that’. We will send the letter to the editors, they may publish it, we will see. ”
The Parti Québécois explained why he wanted this motion passed. It was the duty of the government to rectify the facts before “a gesture of misinformation,” said Péquiste de Verchères MP, Stéphane Bergeron, who piloted the motion.
“To claim that Quebec is a closed society, is a crass ignorance of the facts, since Quebec has been a land of welcome since its inception,” he said in an interview. We are descendants of people who have sought refuge here, or made a living here, countless people from all over the world came to share our adventure in the land of America. ”
Quebec still has a “bad perception” about its language laws, and the many comments made in social media, even on this motion, were still on Wednesday, he added.
Last week, the Commons in Ottawa refused to debate a motion by the Bloc Québécois condemning JJ McCullough’s “hate speech”.
On Wednesday, in a telephone interview, McCullough called the motion in the National Assembly “grotesque and absurd,” and said it would only encourage him to continue writing.
“If politicians do things that I think are akin to intimidation, I think I have a responsibility to resist,” he said.
Mr. McCullough said that no Quebec politician had joined him directly after the article was published.
In his commentary published on 1 February and entitled ” Why does ‘progressive’ Quebec-have So Many massacres? “The author states that the majority of the killings in Canada took place in Quebec, including the Polytechnique massacre, Denis Lortie’s killing in the National Assembly, and the actions of Valery Fabrikant of Kimveer Gill and Richard Henry Bain.
JJ McCullough mentions the dark history of Quebec, “tinged with anti-Semitism, religious fanaticism, profascist sentiment,” making it “inhospitable, arrogant and significantly more racist than the rest of Canada.”
According to him, the gestures of Quebec, as a distinct society, its “supremacist” language laws, its debates on secularism and reasonable accommodation are to blame for appearing to produce “insane madmen to perpetrate massacres, which justify their crimes Expressing their dissatisfaction with the unique culture of Quebec “.