Wednesday, September 29, 2010


I am very unhappy with this stupid motion. I congratulate Andre Arthur and condemn my own party's MPs. It was cowardly to denounce Maclean's in parliament. I am pretty mad.

But the suggestion that all of Quebec was the “most corrupt province” was too much, apparently, for MPs from all parties, who unanimously supported the motion from Bloc Quebecois MP Pierre Paquette “that this House, while recognizing the importance of vigorous debate on subjects of public interest, expresses its profound sadness at the prejudice displayed and the stereotypes employed by Maclean’s Magazine to denigrate the Quebec nation, its history and its institutions.”

Andre Arthur, an independent MP from the Quebec City region, objected at first to Paquette’s request for unanimous consent on the motion, but after Arthur left the House of Commons, Paquette re-introduced the motion and it was adopted with many MPs from all sides standing to applaud.

“For anybody in Quebec and in Canada, it’s not the kind of debate we want,” Paquette said after the vote. “It’s a good sign for democracy in Canada and in Quebec.”

Arthur said Paquette’s motion was inappropriate.

“Parliament has no business to criticize the work of reporters,” he said.

Meanwhile, in Quebec City, Premier Jean Charest demanded an apology from the magazine.


Anonymous said...

I, along with a majority of individual Québecois citizens, having no political agenda of their own, agree 100% with André Arthur.

Government has no business interfering with journalism. The motion was inapproapiate.

been around the block said...

This is appalling.

'Last time I looked we had freedom of the press in Canada. This motion and vote make a total farce of such a Charter provision.

I'm heartily sick and tired of the damned "victim" appeasement in our country: women, Muslims, Quebecois, any visible minority.

And IMO, Quebec is pretty darned corrupt, if not the most corrupt, province in Canada, and has been for years. 'Look at the "leadership" (sic) of the Liberal Party for the past 40 years, mostly from Quebec and a whole lot of hanky panky going on during their time in government.

This motion was completely inappropriate, and good for Andre Arthur for objecting to it.

We now seem to have the Soviet Republic of Kanada: what a bunch of sissified, cry-baby, wusses, every one of the MPs who supported this motion.

Hoarfrost said...

Sometimes the truth hurts. Macleans reported things as they see it. Their reporting supplements my own observations. Shame on the Conservatives who supported this statement.

Anonymous said...

Hey we all know it is true and I applaud MacLeans for saying it, but it is also nice to see a leftist media rag take a beating for being hypocrites for a change. Always funny in this country that Quebec are the untouchables. (real conservative)

johndoe124 said...

Andre Arthur has it exactly right, this is none of Parliament's business.

When Parliament takes time out to admonish free citizens and free speech, can fascism be far behind? Look at Paquette's comment: the State decides what is appropriate for right-minded Canadians. This is pure fascist/elitest thinking.

Maybe Canadians should start voting for more independent candidates.

pierre chagnon said...

Mr. Arthur , said : I`m sorry it was an English newspaper that brought this and not a French one, this make you realize how our Quebec journalists are,, leftist for the most and covering up for their fellow social-democrat leaders.

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