The Reconquest of Montreal

Everybody knows for a fact that I am in favor of independence because I have been brainwashed by separatist propaganda and because I have attended the separatist factories that we call schools.

Interestingly, american Mark V. Levine’s The Reconquest of Montreal is the book that I have found to be the most interesting, the most fascinating and the most relevant about the language issue in Montréal. Perhaps also the most objective.

I have found in this book the narration of a profound social change that occured in not more than a generation, a narration and an analysis backed by facts and perhaps the most comprehensive figures that I have seen on the subject.

Interestingly, this book was written by an outsider.

Separatist’s bullshit? Somehow, Mr Macpherson does not seem to think so…

 

5 réflexions au sujet de « The Reconquest of Montreal »

  1. John Krug

    Why do you think that the mere fact that a book is written by an « outsider » validates the fascistic attitude towards language in Quebec by separatists and the cowardice of non-separatist governments of Quebec? Your comment is a complete non sequitur.

    I note that you have been following No Dogs or Anglophones. Do you agree that it accurately depicts the absurdity of life in Quebec with its petty self-absorbed emphasis on the artificial propping up of the French language?

    I recently returned from a few months in Florida where I had the opportunity to witness at first hand the inability of numerous French Quebecers to function at the most elementary level in English, including, for example, the inabilty to interact with the local population in any material way . Instead, they stay at condos where other French Quebecers stay, socialize only with each other and use the bilingual amongst them as translators for the most rudimentary tasks, such as making purchases in stores. Their insularity is a curse inflicted on them by successive Quebec ggovernments, whose members live off the public trough and are assured of generous pensions .

    Your comment that you have been brainwashed by separatist propaganda and that you have attended the separatist factories that are called schools, while written tongue in cheek, is unfortunately true for many unilingual French Quebecers who are the hapless victims of separatism. Like it or not, anyone who is not fluent in English in today’s world is at a very serious disadvantage which cannot be rectified by confining oneself to a narrow world..

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    1. Michel Patrice Auteur de l’article

      Mr Krug,

      Whenever we quote a pro-independence text, we are told that it is separatist propaganda, separatist bullshit and so on. So I find it interesting to quote something from a objective outsider since the inability to throw at my face this separatist propaganda argument seems upsetting. And I find, in this regard, your reaction interesting.

      Does it validate our fascistic attitude? No. I simply say, along with Mr Macpherson, that it is a must read for anyone interested in the language debate.

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    2. Michel Patrice Auteur de l’article

      You recently had in Florida the opportunity to witness at first hand the inability of numerous French Quebecers to function at the most elementary level in English. Good for you. And French Quebeckers stay at condos where other French Quebecers stay.

      May I ask you how many of those french quebeckers that you witnessed were younger than 30? younger than 40? younger than 50? My mother is over 65 and she is one of those unlingual french quebeckers. Is it suprising that she doesn’t speak english? She was born in rural Québec in the 1940s. She went to school before the Quiet Revolution. She lived in a society in which anglos were remote foreigners. She teached in a french school all her life and english had no professional use to her. What you witnessed were relics of a distant past that no longer exist. Aren’t there still today old unlingual anglophones in Québec? Old folks who never learned french? What does it tell about today society? Not much. It tells about a distant past that no longer exists.

      I speak french and english and I am (slowly) learning a third language. My younger sister is fluent in three languages and is actively learning a fourth one.

      And yes, french quebeckers tend to stay together in Florida. I also noticed that in many large cities around the world, there is a Chinatown. Chinese people tend to live together. I also noticed jamaïcan neighborhoods, and so on. I am told that Harlem has a very large proportion of black folks. I am also told that anglos in Montréal tend to live in the western part of Montréal were many other anglos live. This happens, I think, because the need to belong is, according to Maslow, a basic human need. There is of course one exception : it is different for french quebeckers, if they tend to stay together, it is because they come from a sick and perverted society, right?

      Next time you go to Florida, if you see my mother, don’t bother to speak to her, she has no interest in someone who looks down with disdain and contempt on her and her friends. Or, no, maybe you should try. Join them, you don’t even have to speak french, just try a little « boundjour » and ask them (in english) were they come from or something, show a little interest, tell them that you are from Québec too, most of them will understand, one will translate for the others, and you will most probably be treated like family.

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    3. Michel Patrice Auteur de l’article

      « I note that you have been following No Dogs or Anglophones. Do you agree that it accurately depicts the absurdity of life in Quebec […] »

      I am more interested in the comment section than by the posts themsleves which are nevertheless interesting too. And, yes, I agree that life in Québec is absurd.

      (If you also follow No Dogs or Anglophones, do you have a screen name that you use in the comment section?)

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  2. Anonyme

    Well, Michel I think you can find examples everywhere but the differences are in the levels. Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly) these attitudes are very common among Quebecois. And that matters.

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