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"...
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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)