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 | 5:23 am

Justin Trudeau



Bernard Landry is mistaken: Michaëlle Jean represents a real opportunity for La Francophonie.

I was surprised to read Bernard Landry’s statement that Michaëlle Jean’s experience as a former governor general of Canada disqualifies her for the position of secretary […]

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Posted on 28 October 2014 | 5:16 pm

Ezra Levant



The dangers of Islam

Two articles published after the Ottawa shootings give us a look into the mindset of local Islamic organizations.

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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 11:52 pm

Scott's DiaTribes



Interview with Cathy MacLellan, Liberal Nomination Contestant for Waterloo

One of the advantages of going to a LPC(O) Conference is you sometimes unexpectedly meet candidates or nomination contestants. That was the case this past weekend in London when through an acquaintance, I met Cathy MacLellan, who is a nomination contestant in the riding of Waterloo, a new riding created by Elections Canada due to electoral redistribution. She was aware of my blog and past interviews it seems, so I asked if she’d like to participate in one. to which she agreed to. This is a riding that is being vigourously contested by several Liberal candidates or would-be candidatures, so it will be an interesting race to watch. I thank [...]


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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 10:19 am

Dawg's Blog



Matthew 6:5

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in...

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Posted on 28 October 2014 | 4:22 pm

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff



Austrialia Is Nuts About Space

And Australian conservatives may just destroy Earth. What we don’t know, could demolish us faster than anything else. In the space age, it’s really flabbergasting that we’re not doing everything technologically possible to watch for NEOs. Could a responsible country like South Africa, or New Zealand pick up the slack please?

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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 6:48 pm

Erich the Green



Don’t be shy about participating in Tampon Tuesday

Did the title of this article give you pause? That just proves the need for a very important program called “Tampon Tuesday”. Started by CTV London and expanded to Barrie by Kris Hughston, co-organized by Stephanie Lampron, this monthly event in support of the Barrie Food Bank is meant to coordinate with another monthly event most women face.
Although featured in a lot of upbeat TV ads these days, it’s not discussed in polite society, which is part of the problem. When we think of a food bank, we picture families who cannot afford basic groceries, and envision filling shelves with canned and packaged food to distribute among the hungry. Or, more recently, we may recall programs like FruitShare which add fresh local food to supplement a diet that would otherwise be too high on salty, sugary, starch-and-fat-based processed foods.
Groceries are more than just food
Yet rarely do we think about other things we get on our regular grocery shops, things that those with financial difficulties may also struggle with: toiletries and, as the Barrie Food Bank puts it, “monthly supplies.” When your grocery budget falls short, food may not be the only basic need you can’t bring home. And it’s not something that’s easy to include in the traditional food donation asks at Thanksgiving or Christmas, or for public school or special event food drives.
Luckily, Kris and Stephanie are on the case, partnering with the Barrie Food Bank and local sponsors to put on the monthly “Tampon Tuesday” event, targeted to this specific need. Although it’s a collection specific to these items, it’s also a networking event. Hosted by a local restaurant, currently Moxie’s Classic Grill on Bayfield St. who provides free hors d’oeuvres and drink specials, attendees drop off their feminine product donations in the bins at the door before meeting other local businesspeople or non-profit members, making new contacts, and learning all that’s new in the Barrie business community.
Fun activities include finding another guest based on half their business card, or draws for door prizes donated by various generous sponsors. Chay Today 93.1 FM attends to offer draws and radio coverage of the event.
Barrie’s Tampon Tuesday event has moved a few times, having started at Moxies and visited Michael & Marion’s, Lone Star Texas Grill and Il Fornello before returning to Moxies. It starts at 5 PM and runs for a couple of hours, on the last Tuesday of each month – which this month is October 28th. Although a majority of the attendees are businesswomen, men are also welcomed and a brave few of us get past the title to attend this fun and supportive event.
Local businesses or individuals are also welcome to provide door prizes to liven things up and thank attendees for filling several large bins with feminine products each month, so the Food Bank can continue to support the holistic grocery requirements of needy families. Contact Kris at 705-790-8123 if you need information or want to give. And if you can attend, we’ll see you one of these Tuesdays. Don’t be shy!

Published as my Root Issues column in the Barrie Examiner.
Erich Jacoby-Hawkins is a director of Living Green and the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation.

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Posted on 23 October 2014 | 12:39 pm

Five Feet of Fury



In Toronto, even the alpha males are betas

I’ve heard of “white knighting,” but someone named Owen Pallet just galloped into Facebook on an albino Clydesdale. I used to joke that first the Catholic Church made sex “bad,” but after Vatican II, with NFP and all that, they succeeded in making it boring instead. On an amazingly similar note, Owen Pallet’s contribution to […]

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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 8:08 am

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 | 12:29 am

Buckdog



Shooting On Parliament Hill In Ottawa !!! UPDATED



 - There have been 3 separate shooting incidents in and around the House of Commons in Ottawa, Canada. Details are sketchy. Early reports that Soldier at War Memorial has died from attack.
- At least two people were shot after multiple gunmen opened fire on Parliament Hill and the nearby cenotaph.
- An arrest has been made.
- One victim appears to be a soldier. Several people were seen performing CPR.
- Another body is reported to be on the ground just outside the Library of Parliament. Dozens of shots were heard.
- Two men were seen jumping from a Toyota Corolla, followed by dozens of shots.
- Veteran Affairs Minister Julian Fantino told QMI Agency at least one of the shooters was shot and killed inside the building.
- Journalists reported police were trying to keep them away from the scene. Those inside Parliament reported they were told to stay inside rooms with the door locked.


UPDATE:

Parliament Hill came under attack today after a man with a rifle shot and fatally wounded a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, before seizing a car and driving to the doors of Parliament Hill's Centre Block nearby.
The slain soldier is Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, a reservist from Hamilton.
Moments later, MPs and other witnesses reported 30 to 50 shots fired inside the main Parliament building.
It was confirmed later the gunman was shot dead inside the building, felled by the House of Commons sergeant-at-arms and RCMP, according to MPs' accounts.
CBC.ca

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Posted on 22 October 2014 | 12:00 pm

Mark Steyn



Documented vs Undocumented

The eminent historian Max Hastings and I have not always seen eye to eye. (Example: I have spent a lifetime resisting my father's prejudice, that men who affect beards should be regarded with the gravest suspicion. Yet every time I read the rantings of

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 10:00 am

Huffington Post



We'll Never Know How Much Kinder Morgan Spent In B.C. Municipal Race

Kinder Morgan has launched an advertising campaign pushing the company's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that just so happens to coincide with B.C.'s municipal elections -- but Elections BC says the company doesn't need to register as a third-party advertiser.

That's a bit of a puzzler given that Elections BC rules clearly state that anyone who runs ads on an election issue must register as a third-party advertiser and disclose costs within 90 days of the Nov. 15 election.

Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion, which would triple the amount of oilsands bitumen flowing to the B.C. coast, is certainly an election issue, with Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson staking out positions against the project.

An online survey for Burnaby NOW found that the pipeline expansion is the number one concern for Burnaby voters during the civic election.

With that in mind, Burnaby-Douglas New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart asked Elections BC to look into Kinder Morgan's advertising blitz. The Canadian Press reported that he received a response from Jodi Cook, Elections BC manager of provincial electoral finance, which stated that Kinder Morgan's advertising doesn't meet the definition of election advertising.

Let's look at the Elections BC definition of election advertising: "Election advertising is any transmission of a communication to the public during an election proceedings period that directly or indirectly promotes or opposes the election of a candidate or an elector organization. Election advertising includes a communication that takes a position on an issue with which a candidate or an elector organization is associated." (Emphasis added)

Given that definition, the Dogwood Initiative, a non-profit group that opposes Trans Mountain, felt it needed to register as a third-party advertiser even though the group isn't endorsing candidates.

"We talked to Elections BC over the summer and determined that even if we make no formal endorsements ... the very fact that we are surveying candidates and differentiating candidates on an issue makes this into election advertising," said Kai Nagata, Dogwood's energy and democracy director. "We're tracking the time and money that goes into communications even with our own supporters."

Elections BC communications manager Don Main told DeSmog Canada that "the [Kinder Morgan] advertising did not appear to implicate, positively or negatively, a candidate or elector organization. The advertising brought to our attention did not tie explicitly or implicitly to the election, and did not serve the primary purpose of supporting or opposing a particular elector organization or candidate."

Nagata notes that Kinder Morgan launched its advertising campaign -- which includes leaflets, bus shelter ads, television and online advertisements, robocalls, and telephone townhalls -- right after the nomination period for the municipal elections closed.


One of Kinder Morgan's television advertisements, which is running during B.C.'s municipal election campaigns.

According to the Elections BC third-party sponsor guide, indications that advertising may qualify as "third party advertising" include advertising specifically planned to coincide with the election proceedings period and a substantial increase in the normal volume of advertising.

"I don't think you get very far in being a public relations or advertising executive without being able to read a calendar," Nagata said.

"The impression that is created, especially in the municipalities where this has been an election issue ... is that of a targeted ad campaign aiming to sway voters on the merits of a particular project in the middle of a municipal election where candidates have staked their positions on this issue."

Kinder Morgan has said that the regulatory process is not currently under municipal jurisdiction and therefore can't be a municipal election issue.

"What that ignores of course is that such a project would have immediate and tangible impacts at a local level," Nagata said, noting that the Burnaby Fire Department is already having to plan for an oil fire.

After the Elections BC ruling, Stewart submitted additional evidence to Elections BC, alleging Kinder Morgan was focusing advertising efforts against Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan, who strongly opposes the pipeline.

Stewart stated in the letter to Nola Western, the deputy chief electoral officer, that Kinder Morgan held a telephone town hall meeting in Burnaby in which 5,000 residents participated.

In a recording of the meeting posted on the project website, Stewart said Kinder Morgan president Ian Anderson describes a plan to offset Mayor Corrigan's "very public media driven campaign against the pipeline."

"Corrigan is disparaged by Anderson, who states opponents are using 'fear and emotion' to sway residents, and that information about the projects is being mischaracterized by the mayor," he said in the letter.

Elections BC responded by saying the town hall meeting has since been removed from the website.

Nagata said Dogwood Initiative could have avoided registering as a third-party advertiser and waited for a complaint to Elections BC to force a ruling on the matter, but "it didn't even seem like it was an option not to register given the definition as we read it. This [Kinder Morgan] ruling surprised us."

So while voters will someday know how much non-profits including Dogwood Initiative spent during the election, as it stands it will forever remain a mystery how much oil giants such as Kinder Morgan have pumped into advertising during this year's municipal campaign.

- Emma Gilchrist, DeSmog Canada

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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 8:18 pm

Fight the Power



The System




Ex-CBS reporter: Government agency bugged my computer

by Kyle Smith and Bruce Golding

As originally posted: New York Post
October 27, 2014


A former CBS News reporter who quit the network over claims it kills stories that put President Obama in a bad light says she was spied on by a “government-related entity” that planted classified documents on her computer.

In her new memoir, Sharyl Attkisson says a source who arranged to have her laptop checked for spyware in 2013 was “shocked” and “flabbergasted” at what the analysis revealed.

“This is outrageous. Worse than anything Nixon ever did. I wouldn’t have believed something like this could happen in the United States of America,” Attkisson quotes the source saying.

She speculates that the motive was to lay the groundwork for possible charges against her or her sources.





Attkisson says the source, who’s “connected to government three-letter agencies,” told her the computer was hacked into by “a sophisticated entity that used commercial, nonattributable spyware that’s proprietary to a government agency: either the CIA, FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency or the National Security Agency.”

The breach was accomplished through an “otherwise innocuous e-mail” that Attkisson says she got in February 2012, then twice “redone” and “refreshed” through a satellite hookup and a Wi-Fi connection at a Ritz-Carlton hotel.

The spyware included programs that Attkisson says monitored her every keystroke and gave the snoops access to all her e-mails and the passwords to her financial accounts.

“The intruders discovered my Skype account handle, stole the password, activated the audio, and made heavy use of it, presumably as a listening tool,” she wrote in “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington.”

Attkisson says her source — identified only as “Number One” — told her the spying was most likely not court-authorized because it went on far longer than most legal taps.

But the most shocking finding, she says, was the discovery of three classified documents that Number One told her were “buried deep in your operating system. In a place that, unless you’re a some kind of computer whiz specialist, you wouldn’t even know exists.”

“They probably planted them to be able to accuse you of having classified documents if they ever needed to do that at some point,” Number One added.

In her book, Attkisson says CBS lost interest in her coverage of the deadly attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, and killed her stories of the federal “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal.

Both CBS and the White House declined to comment.

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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 5:27 pm

Andrew Coyne



Andrew Coyne: Time to scrap property taxes and give cities power to raise their own income or sales taxes

Andrew Coyne: The property tax conforms to no known principle of sound taxation, being neither fair nor efficient nor simple

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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 11:37 pm

Blazing Cat Fur



Australia: Violence against women: Sydney reclaims the night – yes, Islamophobia is on the agenda too

Reclaim the Night 2012 Thousands of men, women and families are set to take the streets of Sydney next Friday on October 31 to rally against all forms of violence against women. The three main issues targeted in this year’s Reclaim the Night include gendered violence, the ramifications of rising Islamophobia against women and the […]

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 2:00 am

Driving The Porcelain Bus



No One To Blame For Rob Ford But The Media And Ignorance

This article in the Toronto Star points to the voters as those solely to blame for Rob Ford being elected.

I disagree. The voters are partially to blame, but there were other major factors.


1) The Media
The Media is very much to blame for the election of Rob Ford. During the election campaign they, pretty much as a whole, focused much more on the celebrity of Rob Ford than on the policies of the candidates. This influenced the many voters who are more easily swayed by name recognition and celebrity than policies.

Also, the Media is largely to blame for discouraging people from voting, by convincing many that it is pointless to vote as it will change nothing. Remember, the vast majority of media is or is owned by large corporations. So, it is in their best interests for the most part to support Conservative ideology. It is known that the most avid voters are conservative supporters. So, by convincing those who disagree with and are disappointed by government policies and trends that it is a waste of time to vote, they are removing votes against the parties/people that support the conservative/corporate agenda/ideologies.


2) Ignorance
A large part of Conservative ideology is the celebration of ignorance over knowledge and reason. Just look at the popularity of the Tea Party in the USA, especially a couple of years ago, during the time of the last Toronto municipal election. Those people in Toronto who embraced this celebration of ignorance over knowledge and reason at the time of the election were/are at the core of Ford Nation. The popularity and sensationalizing of this ideology convinced many more to jump on the bandwagon of celebrating ignorance.

And now, with all that, there is the issue of trying to reason with those who have chosen to abandon reason.

It is easier to fool someone that to convince them that they have been fooled.

We have our work cut out for us. And it is made especially hard for individuals to fight against the Media for the attention of people, especially for those people who currently won't be reasoned with.

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Posted on 24 November 2013 | 2:58 pm

BigCityLib Strikes Back



The Day Is Coming Soon

Made it here.

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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 1:44 pm

Just Right



Trying to understand the liberal mindset

Ezra Levant explores "Why liberals downplay terrorism":
... Their first reflex is to deny that it’s terrorism at all ...
... The next liberal reflex is to deny that an attacker is Muslim.
... The third liberal reflex is to say a terrorist attack was just the act of a madman.
... The fourth liberal line of defence is to say the attacker is a lone wolf.

... That’s the liberal spin playbook: deny it’s terrorism, deny it’s Muslim, call it insanity, and finally call it a rogue act.

... But why? Why do liberals go to such lengths to revise the motives of terrorists, who are quite clear about their goals?  ... Why do liberals try to revise history, and whitewash the war against us?
Because ...
... liberals have abolished the ideas of good and evil as too judgmental. Terrorists? No, our enemies are actually victims themselves, you see. We are privileged. Society is to blame.
...Liberals cannot understand so much hate against us. So liberals sympathize. Liberals help find the answer. They join in. To justify the hate. 
In today's Van Sun there were more than a half dozen letters illustrating the liberal mindset.

And here's a doozy - a recent National Post article began with "It's been a tough week for Canadian Muslims" [h/t Blazing Cat Fur] [As an aside - the article referred to a mosque in Cold Lake that had been vandalized, to which my reaction was: "Cold Lake has a mosque?"]



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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 10:17 pm

eaves.ca



Government Procurement Failure: BC Ministry of Education Case Study

Apologies for the lack of posts. I’ve been in business mode – both helping a number of organizations I’m proud of and working on my own business. For those interested in a frightening tale of inept procurement, poor judgement and downright dirty tactics when it comes to software procurement and government, there is a wonderfully […]

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Posted on 6 June 2014 | 1:46 am

Bold Colours



(UPDATED): CNN anchor Carol Costello in shameful display of callous bias, Palin-hate

You know how you can tell when the liberal media is so liberal they don’t even know how liberal they are? When liberal news anchors at a major national news network report with utter contempt for a politician, in a manner in which they believe everyone in the room agrees with them. Enter CNN’s Carol […]

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Posted on 22 October 2014 | 6:25 pm

Accidental Deliberations



Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- Sarah Lazare reports on UNICEF's research showing an appalling increase in child poverty in many of the world's richest countries:
"Many affluent countries have suffered a 'great leap backwards' in terms of household income, and the impact on children will have long-lasting repercussions for them and their communities," said Jeffrey O’Malley, UNICEF’s Head of Global Policy and Strategy.

In 23 of the 41 wealthy countries examined, the rate of child poverty has increased since 2008. In some countries, this rise was drastic: Ireland, Croatia, Latvia, Greece, and Iceland saw child poverty climb by more than 50 percent. The report notes that the young are hit harder than the elderly, and among children, the "poorest and most vulnerable... have suffered disproportionately."

The recession has created "a generation cast aside," where unemployment for people aged 15 to 24 has increased in 34 of the 41 countries, the report states.

The United States is no exception. In 2012, 24.2 million children were living in poverty in the U.S., an increase of 1.7 million since the 2008 recession. In 34 out of 50 states, child poverty has risen since 2008.

While the authors claimed the report was not intended as a "comment on austerity," their analysis finds that the decimation of public services has fueled the crisis.

"Extreme child poverty in the United States increased more during the Great Recession than it did in the recession of 1982, suggesting that, for the very poorest, the safety net affords less protection now than it did three decades ago," states the report.
- Meanwhile, the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness studies the costs of homelessness in Canada - and finds that we can easily afford to eliminate it with even a modicum of political will. 

- ThinkProgress discusses how U.S. Republicans are facing a justified backlash from voters for refusing to raise the minimum wage (or do anything else to combat income inequality). And Kate McInturff and Paul Tulloch highlight Canada's continued wage gaps based on gender and ethnicity - while also pointing out that the public sector compensates its workers far more fairly than the private sector.

- But Robyn Benson writes that the Cons are still focused on attacking the labour movement for having the audacity to try to encourage wage equality - this time by resurrecting Bill C-377 from the grave. And Brent Patterson warns us about the Cons' widespread and utterly unjustified surveillance of social movements.

- Finally, Tim Harper slams the Cons for recklessly (and selectively) throwing around the label of "terrorist" to suit their own political purposes. 

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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 10:39 am

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 | 12:29 am

Small Dead Animals



Is There Nothing That Obama Can't Do?

DOOMED: President Obama promised Americans this afternoon that "we are going to solve this particular problem" of Ebola just like we've solved every other problem." h/t Robert of Ottawa...

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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 4:43 pm

Le blog politique de Claude Dupras



Les Français, dénigreurs de leur pays ?

Il y a quelques jours, à la télé, le premier ministre français Manuel Valls a accusé ses compatriotes de faire du « France Bashing ». Il a affirmé que ce dénigrement de leur pays l’énervait et l’agaçait et que cela devait cesser.

Je rentre au Canada après un bon moment en France durant lequel j’ai eu l’occasion de rencontrer et de parler avec un grand nombre de Français et Françaises, de tous milieux, de la situation actuelle dans leur pays. J’ai compris qu’ils sont devenus pessimistes et désespérés face à la situation politique et économique dans leur pays. Ils constatent le déclin de la France et la voit comme le pays malade de l’Europe. Ils la trouvent moins compétitive, moins influente sur le plan international. Ils regrettent que les jeunes diplômés s’exilent. Ils en ont marre. Pour eux, la « Douce France… » de Charles Trenet a disparu. Son âme s’est envolée.

Mais ce n’est pas la France qu’ils dénigrent mais les politiciens qui l’ont amenée au bord de ce précipice. Ils sont exaspérés devant leurs inaptitudes et leur incompétence. Ce n’est pas du « French bashing », puisqu’il faut parler anglais, mais du « Hollande bashing » qu’ils pratiquent. Ils n’en peuvent plus de leur président et de ses gouvernements. Rien ne va plus. Jour après jour, ils réalisent l’erreur monumentale qu’ils ont faite en l’élisant avec son parti socialiste. 

Les Français savent bien que leur pays est unique et qu’il est une terre de grands découvreurs, chercheurs, inventeurs, scientifiques, travailleurs, réalisateurs, artistes, écrivains, cuisiniers… dans tous les domaines. Le passé lointain le démontre et le récent le confirme. En effet, il y a quelques jours, deux prix Nobel ont été choisis parmi les leurs, en littérature et en économie. Ils reconnaissent que la France est un des pays les plus intéressants du monde et qu’elle attire un plus grand nombre de visiteurs que tous les pays d’Europe. Ils constatent son prestige dans tous les coins de la planète.

À toutes questions sur la politique, ils regardent l’interlocuteur et, d’un air découragé, haussent les épaules. Chacun a sa théorie mais toutes touchent principalement l’incompétence de ses dirigeants actuels, les dérives de ceux du passé et le poids du système social.  Plusieurs socialistes, pour se justifier, vont même jusqu’à prétendre que la France est un pays ingouvernable tellement ils sont mal à l’aise et affaissés devant tous les sondages qui placent Hollande entre 13% à 18% d’appuis favorables et les défaites électorales successives de leur parti.

Pourtant, Hollande n’a cessé de faire des changements, des « réformes» comme il dit. Dès son entrée à l’Élysée, il a voulu respecter ses dénonciations des politiques de son prédécesseur faites en campagne électorale. Il a mis fin à plusieurs projets et lois malgré qu’elles étaient importantes et nécessaires. Particulièrement celles qu’il qualifiait de « cadeaux aux riches » et celles devant corriger la magistrale erreur des « 35 heures » du gouvernement Jospin. Toutes ces « méchantes » lois avaient été supposément inspirées par la méchante « Finance », qu’Hollande qualifiait de « mon pire ennemi ». Pourtant, elles avaient été votées pour relancer l’emploi en diminuant appréciablement le « coût du travail » dans le but d’aider les petits entrepreneurs à engager des apprentis et des ouvriers additionnels pour leur permettre de croître, et les grandes entreprises afin qu’elles deviennent plus concurrentielles sur le marché mondial.

Parallèlement, Hollande a augmenté les taxes, sans bon sens, en ne tenant pas compte des conséquences négatives sur l’emploi et sur la capacité de payer de la classe moyenne et des moins riches.

En somme, il a tout fait pour nuire au développement de la France et cela, souventes fois, pour des raisons politiques partisanes. Il refusa de faire la part des choses. Il est clair qu’Hollande n’a jamais été en affaires et ne connaît rien aux vrais défis d’un entrepreneur. Il n’a cru qu’en ses thèses idéologiques qui n’ont rien à voir avec la vraie vie démontrant clairement ainsi qu’il est déconnecté de la réalité. 

Puis, voyant sa cote de popularité s’écraser, il a changé son fusil d’épaule et s’est tourné radicalement vers la droite pour renaître. Il a commencé à détaxer et à revoir ses décisions passées. Il affirme maintenant aimer le monde de « la finance » et justifie sa nouvelle position en affirmant qu’il a compris, laissant entendre qu’il était dans l’erreur dans le passé. Il cherche à reprendre le temps perdu des deux dernières années par des voltefaces spectaculaires. Mais les résultats se feront attendre car normalement, quatre à cinq années sont nécessaires avant que l’État puisse réellement bénéficier de nouvelles politiques économiques. Deux ans ont été perdus et son quinquennat à la tête de la France est à moitié complété. Il est donc probable que ce sera son successeur qui sera, politiquement, le bénéficiaire.

De plus, pressé de redevenir populaire, le président dit « oui » à tous ceux qui critiquent ses politiques et fait des changements afin qu’ils soient satisfaits et arrêtent de chialer. Vous n’aimez pas une politique, alors manifestez, menacez de grève, critiquez et vous verrez, ô combien vite, le président comprend vos doléances et s’adapte à vos demandes. Il renie ce qu’il affirmait il n’y a pas tellement longtemps, aussi vite que Judas. De plus, il va-t’en guerre à la moindre occasion Mali, Centrafrique, Irak, Syrie, Ukraine… et voyage vers des pays étrangers le plus possible pour impressionner les Français avec des qualités de leader mondial.

Le malheur est que souvent ces voyages sont inutiles. Par exemple, il ira au Canada et au Québec au début de novembre prochain pour une visite officielle. Pourquoi ? Il n’y a aucun conflit majeur entre nos deux nations. La bonne entente règne. Certes, il y a quelques petits différents, par exemple sur la question des subsides aux jeunes français qui étudient dans nos universités, mais rien qui ne peut être réglé via nos ministres respectifs et nos ambassades. Il s’est invité et nous sortirons le tapis rouge pour bien le recevoir. Alors que la France a des problèmes par-dessus la tête et que la responsabilité première de son président est de rencontrer les Français pour en discuter et les encourager, il part faire le beau au Canada et tenir quelques discours qui seront aussi vite oubliés qu’ils seront débités. Pour couvrir ce déplacement du président français et de sa suite, la France, le Canada et le Québec vont engendrer des frais importants au moment même où chacun coupe radicalement, chez lui, dans les dépenses inutiles pour diminuer ses déficits.

En somme, il tasse l’intérêt de la France pour redorer son image et rehausser sa popularité. Au diable les principes, les politiques du parti socialiste, rien ne va plus, la roulette tourne. Pendant ce temps-là, le chômage continue de grimper, la production industrielle stagne, les entreprises tirent le diable par la queue, le chômage augmente, la croissance est aux arrêts, les statistiques sont au mauvais fixe, les plus défavorisés souffrent davantage et les français chialent. Son parti est divisé et les « frondeurs socialistes (députés socialistes non-satisfaits des politiques de droite d’Hollande) le menacent avec, en tête, Martine Aubry, la femme des 35 heures. 

De plus, le physique du président laisse percer son état d’esprit. Son visage est triste, sa démarche plus lente, ses discours moins dynamiques. Il semble perdu, sans amis, seul et incapable de pouvoir jouer son rôle. Il n’est que l’ombre d’un chef de l’État. Triste constat pour un pays aussi extraordinaire que la France. Comment avec une telle attitude de son président, peut-elle reprendre confiance ?

Le récent livre du polémiste Eric Zemmour « le suicide français » a un succès énorme car il est le symptôme des angoisses françaises. Il estime que « la France se meurt, est morte ». « Que ses élites crachent sur sa tombe ». Que l’on vit « les dernières pages de l’Histoire de La France ». Exagéré, sûrement. Mais ce qui arrive en France se situe aussi dans le grand réaménagement du monde où repères, identités et certitudes s’effacent. Malheureusement, le président Hollande n’est pas à la hauteur de ces défis.

Pour être utile à son pays, Hollande devrait démissionner. Mais sur çà, les Français me disent « n’y comptez pas ».

Il reste à espérer que la Providence soit bonne pour la France.


Claude Dupras 

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