No Dogs or Anglophones



Thanks for the Memories....

For over four years I've written this blog in an effort to fulfill an inner desire to share some of my thoughts and experiences with you.

From a tiny following, the blog has blossomed, giving a small voice to a not so insignificant segment of Quebec Anglo society that the mainstream media doesn't seem to address. It has been, to say the least, entirely rewarding and I've kept going far beyond where I first thought I'd go solely because of the readership.

But all things come to an end.

With the election of the Liberals and the prospect of the PQ dim for the short and immediate term, there is less of an impetus for me to continue.

Can we as Anglos and Ethnics claim victory over sovereigntist forces?

Perhaps yes, but the real problem was never sovereignty, but rather the treatment of Anglos and Ethnics by all  Quebec governments.
It is sad to see that we continue to be viewed as interlopers, a people to be controlled not appreciated, an alien nation within the legitimate body politic of French Quebec.

Too harsh?
Nope, I don't think so. I continue to believe that if Quebec chooses to remain in Canada, it is simply an economic decision, the alternative of an independent and truly French Quebec a dream too costly and unrealistic for a generation whose real values include Facebook and Nintendo.

I remain convinced that if Quebec had the wealth of Alberta's oil sands, this province would have overwhelmingly voted for independence years ago.
It's really just about the money and when Quebecers finally realized how much money Canada lavishes upon them, the independence movement withered.

Such is the reality of our Quebec society, locked into a loveless marriage of convenience, forever unhappy and unfulfilled but financially comfortable, a difficult trade off to make.

As for myself, I look forward to the summer, sipping margaritas by the backyard pool, leaving the bitching and moaning to others, God knows, I've done my share.

To those who have been faithful readers and contributors I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your interest, friendship and lively conversation.

I would never have come this far without you.

and so I fade to black....

I'll leave the comments section open for a while and the blog itself open for research purposes.

Thank you all once again.....
PHILIP BERLACH

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Posted on 1 July 2014 | 9:23 am

Justin Trudeau



Q4 2015 Results

You've probably heard us say this too many times: 2015 was a great year.

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Posted on 1 February 2016 | 10:03 pm

Ezra Levant



Twitter’s new “Trust and Safety Council” is a disaster for free speech — so what’s REALLY behind it?

In the past few months, we’ve seen some disconcerting clues that Twitter was bringing in censorship.

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Posted on 11 February 2016 | 3:09 pm

Scott's DiaTribes



Helping The Homeless and Street Youth in Brantford/ across Canada on Feb 20th

I just wanted to mention that for the 2nd year in a row, I’m participating in a charity walk on Feb 20th called “Coldest Night Of The Year”. It is a 2k/5k/10k walk that is raising $ for 2 worthy organizations: The Why Not Youth Centre (which helps street kids and other kids have a safe haven – and also teaches them some life skills too) as well for the Brantford Welcome-In-Resource Centre – which is the fancy name for the Brantford Homeless Shelter, (though they do much more then that).

The team I am on (Red Warmth) is doing pretty well; we’re in 2nd place in Brantford and smashed [...]


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Posted on 5 February 2016 | 7:29 pm

Dawg's Blog



Sunny ways, continued

First it was brokering the sale of billions of dollars of military equipment to the mediaeval torture-state of Saudi Arabia. Now the Trudeau Liberals are in court trying to deny compensation to three Canadians, Abdullah Almalki, Muayyed Nureddin and Ahmad...

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Posted on 7 February 2016 | 4:37 pm

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff



Ban Microbeads Now

Send an email to: ec.produits-products.ec@canada.ca Dear Minister McKenna: There is no need to give pollution a chance to overwhelm our water and enter our food chain. Plastic microbeads are considered a toxin by your own scientists, and there is no need for them to be in personal care products like face cream and toothpaste. If […]

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Posted on 11 February 2016 | 4:10 pm

Erich the Green



Laurentian shows Paris is about all of us

The recent Paris international climate agreement has drawn cheers and jeers. On the jeering side are of course climate deniers of all sorts, asserting climate change either isn’t happening or isn’t caused by us so we shouldn’t be making any climate agreements or taking any related actions. But as I pointed out earlier, this line of reasoning is nothing but stubborn ignorance, so let’s set that aside.
Other jeers come either from those who either feel the agreement is too weak, lacking binding mechanisms to enforce reductions or having targets that won’t reduce emissions enough even if met, or from those who feel the targets are too ambitious and it will hamstring our economies if we try to reach them. Luckily, both can be refuted by the same line of evidence.
Basically, vast reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are possible, as soon as we make a real effort to achieve them. And while national or global targets may seem unreachable, if each actor takes care of their own piece of the puzzle, it all comes together. There is a role for every individual, family, business, institution, town or city. When each of us pledges to meet a target and make a sincere effort, our combined efforts will add up to a solution.
I hereby pledge...
One example: Laurentian University, which has programs at Barrie’s Georgian College. On December 16th of last year, the Paris Pledge for Action was released, and on December 22nd, Laurentian became the first university in Ontario, one of the first in Canada, and one of the first 1000 organizations worldwide to sign this commitment to work to reduce emissions immediately and meet or surpass the goals of the Paris Agreement. If every other educational institute or board does the same, an entire sector will be working on these goals, and other sectors can and will follow.
Laurentian was quick to sign because they are already working to reduce GHG in many ways. Just a couple of years ago they hired their first Manager of Energy and Sustainability and since then she has been sparking initiatives across campus to save energy, reduce waste, and boost sustainability.
Because provincial regulation mandates all post-secondary institutions track energy use, Laurentian has existing baseline measures as they create and work toward reduction targets building-by-building and campus-wide, and can benchmark against other Ontario institutions which must meet the same reporting standards. Hence universities compete to earn kudos (and save money) cutting energy use and related emissions. It also puts them in good stead as the province brings in a new carbon pricing cap-and-trade regime.
While initiatives are voluntary, making them popular and widely accessible achieves significant reductions. Examples include regular forums with rotating themes allowing all stakeholders to come together to explore challenges and ideas and share best practices. Laurentian partners with groups like the Rainbow Routes trails association, reThink Green / Eat Local, and the Commuter Challenge; some professors make any student caught with disposable bottled water bring cookies for the whole class. Campus residences collect and redistribute furniture or other useful items left behind by graduating students, instead of throwing it all out.
Ideas and programs are broadcast via campus email and newspapers, forums, bulletins, news releases, student groups, and Twitter. And beyond their local achievements, the university also contributes globally with research & technology, providing tools for others to reduce GHG.
If one institution can do all that, reducing GHG while having fun and saving money, imagine what can be done if we each sign our own Paris Pledge. Before you know it, we’ll reach and blow past the non-binding Paris targets and find that surpassing them and getting to where we really need to go is easier, cheaper and less painful than we’d ever expected. Just like Laurentian’s example, let’s stop arguing if it can or should be done and get on with doing it!

Published as my Root Issues column in the Barrie Examiner as "Climate change action needed now"
Erich Jacoby-Hawkins is the vice president of the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation


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Posted on 29 January 2016 | 4:14 am

Five Feet of Fury



‘I have always regarded Japan as a sick and stunted little hellhole’

This 1985 interview with Julie Burchill is behind the Rock’s Back Pages firewall. I pay a lot for an annual membership and stuff like this is one reason why. Also this week: “Robin Banks” (yes, of the song…) writes surprisingly well for ZigZag about his trip to Paris with The Clash in 1981. These were […]

Kathy Shaidle's NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.


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Posted on 12 February 2016 | 1:47 pm

A Blog By James Curran



Happy Birthday Madiba

Nelson, the world needs more of you. We miss you kind sir. Happy Birthday!


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Posted on 18 July 2014 | 4:29 am

Buckdog



"Credit where credit is due." - Oil Sands Companies Demonstrate Leadership On Climate Change = Ezra's PISSED !!



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CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Nov. 22, 2015) - Four of Canada's largest oil sands producers have come together to demonstrate leadership on climate change. Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Cenovus Energy Inc., Shell Canada Limited and Suncor Energy Inc., support the Government of Alberta's climate plan related to the oil and natural gas industry, which includes a carbon pricing regime coupled with an overall emissions limit for the oil sands. These measures provide predictability and certainty and will help ensure that producers can responsibly develop and grow this significant Canadian resource while also addressing global concerns about climate change.
The companies agree that this is a historic development for Alberta and Canada that will change the conversation about climate change, oil sands and infrastructure. They are proud to have worked with leading environmental organizations to better understand each other's views and recommend solutions for the oil and natural gas industry that helped inform the policy.
By directing revenue generated from the new carbon pricing regime towards the development of potentially game-changing greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction technologies, this made-in-Alberta plan lays the foundation for the province to become a global leader in addressing the climate change challenge. It also creates the conditions for Alberta's oil to become carbon competitive on the global stage and for Canadians to begin receiving full value for their oil exports.
By demonstrating that Alberta is willing to lead the way with an ambitious climate plan, the province can become a preferred source for oil and create sustained wealth and jobs for future generations of Albertans and Canadians.
Media Release

Press ProgressEzra Levant: "Oil companies do not represent the oil industry"

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Posted on 23 November 2015 | 4:13 am

Mark Steyn



Notes After New Hampshire

On Friday evening I'll be starting my Australian tour by checking in with Chris Kenny on Sky News at 8pm Aussie Eastern Time. If you're in the vicinity of the receiving apparatus, I hope you'll dial us up. ~Long, long ago - August 12th last year, in fact

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Posted on 11 February 2016 | 2:00 pm

Huffington Post



Canada's No-Fly List May Erode Security Rather Than Enhance It

Don't ask Syed Adam Ahmed about the airport. Normally shy but amiable, the six-year-old growls in frustration while his face clouds over like an oncoming hurricane.

The little hockey fan from Markham, Ont. is still extremely upset that he almost missed out on attending an NHL game in the U.S. because his name is the same of a person on Canada's so-called 'no-fly list,' which prevents individuals with suspected ties to terror from boarding planes.

This case of mistaken identity has plagued the family since Adam was a toddler, according to his mother, Khadija Cajee.

"We don't want him to grow up feeling like he's under suspicion for the rest of his life," says Cajee. "We feel like second class citizens because of this."

syed adam ahmed


Ill-conceived measures, like the no-fly list must be made smarter so they do not target the innocent.


Since the Ahmed family went public with their story, 21 others have spoken up to say that they, too, have children wrongly identified by the no-fly list. Cajee knows of at least 20 more families who remain silent for fear of government, or public, reprisal. All have experienced security hassles and delays at Canadian airports and some have even missed flights. The problem is beyond the control of airlines, our sources tell us. Once a name is flagged, airport counter staff are locked out of the system until they call a government agency to have the block lifted.

However, Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale recently told CBC Radio he can't even say whether the no-fly list has ever actually prevented a real terror suspect from travelling.

Ill-conceived measures, like the no-fly list must be made smarter so they do not target the innocent. Otherwise, they have the ironic potential to actually erode our national security by alienating those they single out and stigmatize.

In late 2014, as media whipped up hysteria about Canadian youth leaving to join the Islamic State militia, we interviewed experts on how young people become radicalized. These experts point out that radicalization is not as great a problem here as in countries like France or Britain.

Over the past year, some 130 to 200 Canadians are known to have joined radical militias overseas, compared to more than 1,400 French and 1,600 UK citizens. Experts told us this is because Canada is a more inclusive society; immigrant and minority youth are less likely to feel alienated and powerless here -- emotions that radical recruiters exploit.

But the way the no-fly list works, with a total lack of transparency and overwhelmingly targeting just one group -- Muslims -- feelings of alienation and powerlessness are exactly what the no-fly list is causing.


When we uphold that spirit of inclusion, Canada thrives as a multicultural nation where others fail.


Zamir Khan's son Sebastien David is just 21 months-old. Like Adam, Sebastien was born in Canada but already he's been targeted at domestic airports five times. Khan, who lives with his family in London, Ont., says at first he thought it was funny, but the humour is rapidly fading. "You still feel stigmatized," said to us.

The toddlers' parents say they were told their son's name matches that of an adult on a government no-fly list. Regardless, Khan wants the ordeal to end. "I'm so glad our son is too young to know what's going on. He's Canadian through and through, but this will make him feel like an outsider."

Canadians were deservedly proud when international media gushed at the collective embrace Syrian refugees received from ordinary Canadians and political leaders alike upon their arrival at the end of last year. The country told these refugees: You are welcome; you are one of us now.

When we uphold that spirit of inclusion, Canada thrives as a multicultural nation where others fail.

Canada can improve the effectiveness of the list by adding biometric data, so children aren't penalized for having the same name as a terror suspect. And we can follow the U.S. example, ensuring there is an easy way for parents to get resolution when mistaken identities happen.

We believe an inclusive society can be as powerful a force for national security as any no-fly list.

Brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger founded a platform for social change that includes the international charity, Free The Children, the social enterprise, Me to We, and the youth empowerment movement, We Day. Visit we.org for more information.

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Posted on 11 February 2016 | 9:12 pm

Fight the Power



The Mujahideen






Enemy takes heavy toll in attack on post

As originally posted: Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
February 11, 2016


KUNAR, Feb. 11 – Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate attacked one of the enemy posts in Marawara district of Kunar province early today, targeting the installation with heavy and small arm fire. The attack went on through much of the day in which the enemy suffered heavy losses.

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Posted on 12 February 2016 | 5:59 am

Andrew Coyne



Andrew Coyne: We’re about to find out whether the Liberals believe their own deficit bafflegab

If they blink at $30B deficits, they will be conceding that they do not really believe in the stimulative power of deficits and the central plank in their platform was a lie

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Posted on 11 February 2016 | 12:47 am

Blazing Cat Fur



I want one…


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Posted on 12 February 2016 | 8:00 am

Driving The Porcelain Bus



NDP Clearest Alternative, Globe & Mail Is Loathe To Admit

The G&M must be loathe to report stories like this. But the NDP are so much in the lead and seen as the party of clear change, that they have no choice. But, that doesn't stop them from trying to tilt the story in the Conservatives favour. Let's take a look at where the G&M has problems writing a news story:

Canadians will be asked to choose between political stability and renewal - G&M states here that we currently have political stability. Funny, since when do these mean political stability?:
- subverting democracy (Bill C-51, Bill C-377, Bill C-23 among many others, cheating in elections)
- racking up the most debt of a Canadian government ever,
- running a deficit for most of their time
- balancing a budget only by looting from the EI fund
- ignoring the urgent issue of Climate Change
- focusing our economy on the oil extraction industry to the great detriment to the manufacturing industry.
-  corruption and cronyism
- warmongering instead of peacekeeping
- and the list goes on.
A more accurate line would be:
Canadians will be asked to choose between gross fiscal mismanagement & the brink of fascism, and stability & democracy.


Pollster Nik Nanos said the NDP has staked out the clearest policy positions in opposition to the Conservative Party, while the Liberals have a more nuanced approach.
- Okay, these were probably Nik Nanos' words but using "nuanced" here is a nice way of saying that the Liberal policy positions are mainly just like the Conservatives, except for when they try to copy some of the NDP policies to try to steal their support. History shows that time and again, the Liberals, whose policies mirror (especially more recently) those of the Conservatives, always campaign on the left only to toss these left leaning policies to the wind if they win the election.

The NDP has been working hard to reassure Canadians its economic policies would be largely in line with those of the current government. The biggest change proposed by the NDP is to increase corporate taxes, although party officials said the planned rate, to be revealed in coming months, would be “reasonable.”
-  Actually, the NDP has been working hard to show Canadians that its economic policies would NOT be in line with those of the current government. The NDP plans to NOT waste money on more and bigger prisons (not needed as the crime rate has been steadily dropping), unnecessary/problematic/costly jets, corporate welfare, unaccountable missing $3.1 billion, and many other porky Conservative pies. NDP governments, on average, have a much better fiscal record than Conservatives.

Party officials said the NDP is looking for candidates with an economic background who could serve as ministers of finance or industry. The recent upswing in the polls could make that easier.
- It may well be that the NDP is looking for more candidates with economic backgrounds, but they already have a number of MPs with economic backgrounds. And unmentioned here is Erin Weir, who has been suggested as a potential Finance Minister.

While both parties want to replace the Conservatives, their partisans have been at one another’s throats. Last week, the Liberals suggested Mr. Mulcair’s flirtation with the Conservatives in 2007 undermined the NDP’s promises to clean up the environment.
- The G&M fails to mention that this has been debunked a number of times, including recently by some high-up Conservatives.
- And "undermined the NDP's promises to clean up the environment"? The facts on this story actually result in boosting the NDP's seriousness about cleaning up the environment. 


I'll leave you with a few choice comments made after the G&M news item (these are all in the top ten most liked comments, and from the G&M readers no less!):

Mr Leblanc's first paragraph is flawed, or the poll was flawed. The choice is not between "change" and "stability." It is between "change" and "no change." I certainly would neither call what our economy had gone through in the last year as anything approaching stability, nor would I call the government actions in domestic and foreign policy as stabilizing.



My wife and I are in the over 65 age group and for the first time ever will be voting NDP as we have seen never ending corruption with the Libs and Cons for way too many years. Many of our friends have also decided to vote NDP as it is clearly time to send a big message to all elected officials, the voters are fed up and will not take it anymore and you will be forced to understand this come the election.



choose between political stability and renewal,..........
Nope......It's choosing between getting a country back to sanity...or carrying on with the most corrupt, crooked, manipulative crew of PROVEN liars and cheats This country has ever been controlled by .....A government rife with contempt, disrespect.....There have never been so many from a political party involved in fraud, lies, election irregularities...legal proceedings, and criminal investigations...ever.....
Duffy, Wallin, Brazeau, Porter, Grestein, Stewart/Olsen, Wright, LeBreton, PMO staff
A LONG list of crooks......
It's about voting OUT crooks and taking the nation back from the brink of fascism!!


the first sentence claims there is a choice between change and political stability. Huh? If the government loses an election in Canada, that does not mean there is less stability.
By the Globe's definition of that term..I guess North Korea has the most political stability of all.

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Posted on 8 July 2015 | 5:47 pm

BigCityLib Strikes Back



Breakfast At Longos

This morning their store on 7 near Woodbine had a wonderful sample spread.  The highlight was surely their pulled pork floating on delicious smoked Oka cheese set atop Nachos.  Runner up was a yummy smooth avocado spread, also on Nachos.  And they were serving "popcorn chips", which I shied away from, having already given myself salt poisoning once this week.  (It's a long story, but you really can eat too much Italian sausage).  And for dessert they had Jelly donuts.  My only complaints are that their awesome prosciutto pizza had been pulled from the menu, they weren't giving out chunks of artisanal bread, and the cake was a little dry.

So a very solid 7 of 10.

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Posted on 7 February 2016 | 8:17 pm

Just Right



The CBC's corrupt, incestuous relationship with Trudeau's Liberal Party

Graeme Gordon's latest - 10 Hitches With CBC’s 10 Canadians ‘Face-to-Face’ With PM :
... The CBC coverage of last election cycle should leave no doubt in Canadians’ minds that the CBC is the cheer-leading captain of our new government  

... notes on CBC’s incestuous ties to the LPC:
- A couple of CBC executives took leave-of-absences so they could campaign with the LPC; 
-The union representing many CBC journalists registered to campaign against the Conservatives last election; 
- A former CBC journalist who covered federal politics recently wrote about how the new defence minister is “bad ass” is now working and writing press releases for that very same “bad ass”; 
- And the LPC has promised to give the CBC an additional 150 million dollars to its one billion dollar annual subsidy (essentially bribing the network for immensely favourable coverage of Trudeau).
Graeme goes on to parse each of the 10 interview sessions with a glib, cliche spouting Trudeau in what comes off as "reality TV" orchestrated by Peter Mansbridge and CBC producers.
... evidence supporting the propaganda charge against CBC’s special, “Face to Face”, is the reality-TV-like-quality of the production. It was odd that Peter Mansbridge and producers thought it appropriate to start each interview with the repetitive camera shot of the PM’s-glossy-wooden-door-with-gilded-lettering being opened by each contestant and then Trudeau purring each time, “Welcome to the Prime Minister’s office.”


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Posted on 11 February 2016 | 1:17 am

eaves.ca



Open Mandate Letters

The newly elected Government of Canada made its ministerial mandate letters available to the public last week. They are absolutely worth checking out both for their content and as a example of public disclosure/communication. I’ll talk about that latter part in a second, but let me first let’s discuss some background information and context. From a content perspective […]

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Posted on 16 November 2015 | 4:30 pm

Bold Colours



America Trusts GOP on: Terrorism, Gun Control, Economy, Immigration

Climate change and the environment are the only things in which Americans favor the Democrats in the most recent Pew Research poll. And most of the rest of their substantial poll also bodes very poorly for Democrats. So in the coming weeks expect some big broadcast specials and multi-week in-depth analyses on all the mainstream […]

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Posted on 17 December 2015 | 12:35 am

Accidental Deliberations



New column day

Here, expanding on this post as to Nathan Cullen's proposal to make sure the outcomes of all plausible electoral systems are taken into account in designing a new one.

For further reading...
- Again, Cullen's proposal was reported on here, and discussed by Aaron Wherry here.
- Meanwhile, the Libs have presented a wide range of possibilities as to both the process and possible outcomes of electoral reform without indicating one way or the other whether they'll work with a proportional committee.
- And for those who haven't yet reviewed the Broadbent Institute's report (PDF) on both public opinion and electoral results under different systems, it's well worth a read.

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Posted on 11 February 2016 | 2:50 pm

What Do I Know Grit



Happy Birthday Madiba

Nelson, the world needs more of you. We miss you kind sir. Happy Birthday!


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Posted on 18 July 2014 | 4:29 am

Small Dead Animals



"Organic" Is The Latin Word For "Grown In Pig Shit"

Genetic Literacy Project; To use land and derivative natural resources as sustainably as possible requires using the least input to produce the most food. So, how does organic farming stack up?...

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Posted on 24 February 2015 | 2:46 pm

Le blog politique de Claude Dupras



Un monde sans race

En France, on est à cheval sur le mot race. Le dernier incident qui met en relief cette affirmation est la conséquence d’une sortie verbale de l’ex-ministre du gouvernement Nicolas Sarkozy, Nadine Morano, qui a lancé dans une interview à la télévision que « la France est un pays judéo-chrétien, le général de Gaulle le disait, de race blanche, qui accueille des personnes étrangères ». Hors, De Gaulle n’a jamais écrit cela. Ce sont des propos qu’il aurait tenus dans une réunion privée et rapportés par une personne qui les aurait entendus.
Morano a aussitôt été attaquée violemment par l’opposition et la presse en général. Nonobstant cette levée de boucliers, Morano a persisté, signé et répété ses propos à Moscou, où elle était invitée, en affirmant « la France est un pays de race blanche avec des noirs, comme le Congo est un pays de race noire avec des blancs ». Elle semble vouloir dire que tous les membres de la population française, plurielle et métissée, ne sont pas égaux. 
Selon le "Trésor de la Langue Française Informatisé", le mot « race » signifie en biologie : « Ensemble de personnes qui présentent des caractères communs dus à l'histoire, à une communauté, actuelle ou passée, de langue, de civilisation sans référence biologique dûment fondée ». Ou encore « Subdivision de l’espèce fondée sur des caractères physiques héréditaires, représentés pas une population.
Nadine Morano avait annoncé qu’elle serait candidate à la primaire pour le choix du candidat à la présidentielle du parti « les Républicains », ex-UMP, aujourd’hui dirigé à nouveau par Sarkozy. Ce dernier, qui veut aussi briguer les suffrages de la primaire, n’a pas aimé ses propos et l’a renié sur le champ malgré le fait qu’elle avait été l’une de ses plus grandes supportrices durant la traversée du désert qu’il a connue, suite à sa défaite aux mains de François Hollande. Dans un premier temps, il a demandé que l’investiture de la candidature de son parti pour Morano en vue des élections régionales pour le comté de Meurthe-et-Moselle soit retirée. Cela me semble une réaction exagérée.
Mais Sarkozy a été encore plus loin. Il a déclaré vouloir enlever le mot « race » de la constitution de la France. Le parti socialiste a emboité le pas pour se dire en accord avec cette proposition. En fait, ils reconnaissent la proposition de loi adoptée le 16 mai 2013 par l’Assemblée nationale française visant à supprimer le terme « race » de la législation française et à modifier la constitution qui mentionne l'égalité de tous devant la loi, « sans distinction d'origine, de race ou de religion ».
Alors quel mot employé ? Population, ethnie, espèce, sous-espèce, famille, genres… ou est-ce que le mot « origine » couvre tout ?
Au Québec, on accepte de dire « race blanche », « race noire », « race jaune » ou « peaux-rouges » tout en oubliant les autres de couleurs métissées. Et, comme dans l'ensemble du Canada, on identifie, de plus en plus, l’origine ethnique. Ce qui signifie, en fait, que le Québécois ou le Néoquébécois non francophone est d’une « race » différente que celle de la majorité, même si sa famille est au pays depuis plusieurs décennies et qu’il soit né au Québec. C’est ainsi que l’on dit : « lui il est un anglais, un italien, un grec, un polonais, un irlandais, un algérien, un haïtien, un congolais.. ». En fait, le mot race est rarement utilisé. Mais on semble y faire allusion en créant une différence entre chaque individu sur la base des définitions mentionnées précédemment du mot « race ». Pour plusieurs, les vrais Québécois sont les francophones, surtout pour ceux qui espèrent la séparation du Québec de l’ensemble Canadien. Souventes fois, ces derniers dénigrent, même ouvertement, « les anglais » du West Island, le quartier particulièrement anglophone de Montréal. … De plus, lorsqu’ils disent « Nous les Québécois… on ressent qu’ils n’incluent pas toujours les autres dans ce « nous ».
Ce qui surprend dans ce débat en France est le préjudice du monde politique face au mot « race ». Il semble que l’idéal serait un monde sans race.
Le Français moyen ne s’exprime pas trop ouvertement sur ce sujet mais on sent que cela le touche car il réagit. On peut en juger par l’accroissement des rangs et de la popularité du parti du Front National, qui ne craint pas de parler de la défense de la race. Les hommes et femmes politiques des autres partis se montrent très sensibles à ce phénomène et s’inquiètent pour des raisons électorales ? On peut penser que Nadine Morano s’est exprimée comme elle l’a fait sur la place publique car elle craint la débandade de son parti de droite aux élections devant le FN qui gruge ses supporteurs et qu’elle voulait ainsi ramener au bercail plusieurs égarés.  
Mais, ce qui est plus important, ce sont les immigrés et migrants en sol de France depuis la guerre d’Algérie, particulièrement ceux des dernières années, qui s’inquiètent que leur pays d’adoption ne soit pas à la hauteur de sa devise « Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité », si le Front National gagne le pouvoir.  

Claude Dupras

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Posted on 3 October 2015 | 3:47 pm

Mind of Dan



A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

20 Years ago John Perry Barlow published the Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace:

Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind.


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Posted on 11 February 2016 | 8:22 am

Warren Kinsella



The Ottawa Citizen: with a whimper, not a bang

The Ottawa Citizen died yesterday. Oh, sure, there are still some good people there to put it out, for however long.  But make no mistake: the marquee newspaper in our nation’s capital – the equivalent of our Washington Post – is dead. Late yesterday, we got word that the following folks (and more) had taken […]

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Posted on 11 February 2016 | 1:03 pm