Sunday, July 03, 2011

Down With Monarchical Parasites, Boo The White Limousine (And Save The Clock Tower)!!!

Michelle Berg/Postmedia News
I'm not really a huge fan of funding glitzy visits by wealthy royals, but if it makes Quebec separatists crazy, then at least we're getting value for money spent.
MONTREAL — The protesters’ “Down-with-the-monarchy” chants competed with cries of “Will and Kate” as a crowd of several hundred waited for the Royal couple outside the Sainte-Justine children’s hospital. 
Before the couple’s arrival, organizers read a manifesto, laying the blame for the “linguistic cleansing” of North America at William’s feet. 
Their grievances ranged from the deportation of the Acadians(*) in 1755 to the federal government’s funding of anglophone community groups in Quebec. 
At one point, the protesters interrupted their speeches to boo a passing white limousine, realizing belatedly that it contained not royalty but a wedding party.... 
For some reason this last line makes the Ball Bounces think of John Lennon's white tuxedo -- maybe the druggy psychedelic absurdity of the protest event (not to mention white limousines). But where would the Quebec psyche be without a centuries-old grievance to nurse and billions in annual subsidies from the dastardly Anglais to soothe their perpetual sore?

(*) I went on a tour of Acadian PEI once. The government-funded tour guide told us, with an expression of evident satisfaction on his face, how the expelled Acadians later got to kill some English in a battle south of the border. Sounds about right for Canada -- blood-lust, government-funded, as long as it's blood lust of the right kind.

Imagine the howls if it were the reverse. Speaking of "imagine"...

* * *

Imagine there's no Anglais
It's easy if you try
No one there to fund us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Speaking French patois...

And that, my friends, is the way Le Boule bounces.

(photo source National Post article)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the man holding that sign would like to read these equalization payment numbers for 2011-2012.

P.E.I. $329 million
N.S. $1,167 million
N.B. $1,483 million
Que. $7,815 million
Ont. $2,200 million
Man. $1,666 million

fernstalbert said...

I really don't understand why the obligatory Quebec stop is necessary. The citizens of Canada outside of "La Belle Province" would be thrilled with a royal visit. Next time - say sorry "pure laine" and concentrate on the ROC - we are more than disaffected Quebecers. Cheers.

RkBall said...

Anon -- all they want is to have their cake and eat it too -- is that too much to ask for?

RkBall said...

Fern -- maybe the royals just want to remind the Quebecois who won.

Anonymous said...

The last time I looked there was flights and ships still crossing the Atlantic. Maybe if they are so disatisfied they could all go back to their roots (so to speak) and France will welcome them with open arms...but then France wouldn't be coughing up with any coin for their use and they would find that things are not as cushie outside of Quebec. Hey the one with the sign about being a parasite should have a look in the mirror.

Anonymous said...

And since Acadian controlled New Brunswick became Canada's ONLY Bilingual province, their anglos have been discriminated against. Read this for proof http://www.asnb.ca/

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"