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We Pivot: White- and Male-Dominated History Perpetuates White, Male Supremacy

If, like me, you don’t recognize these women as household names, you are likely a victim of history education that focuses on males and white people. And while you are likely not a racist misogynist, we all have to do … [Read more]

The Canadian Progressive: Montreal police spying on journalist Patrick Lagacé condemned by Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders is appalled by recent revelations that Montreal police secretly monitored the mobile phone of La Presse columist Patrick Lagacé. A coalition of Canadian rights groups links the Lagacé case to Canadian police and security services’ growing hunger for new powers and investigative capabilities.

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Alberta Politics: The question must be asked: Was Brad Wall’s party being paid to undermine Alberta’s NDP?

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, not looking quite like himself, were still smiling and standing side by side at the start of the July 2015 premiers’ meeting in St. John’s. A week later? Now? Not so much. Below: Mr. Wall as we’ve come to know him, interfering Alberta premier William . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The question must be asked: Was Brad Wall’s party being paid to undermine Alberta’s NDP?

Babel-on-the-Bay: Pardonez-moi M. Lisée.

Paul Wells of the Toronto Star offers it as evidence that sometimes a journalist can make something of himself. Besides an ass, we assume.

Wells was writing about Jean-François Lisée who won the leadership of Quebec’s Parti Québécois last Friday. We all had a good laugh at the PQ last time when they chose millionaire . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Pardonez-moi M. Lisée.

Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Canadians Prefer Businesses with Green Vehicles

Should your company cars and long distance fleets go green? 90% of Canadians believe businesses should reduce transportation related emissions and 82% feel having an environmentally friendly fleet is an important factor when choosing vendors. I look at the findings to see if turning your fleet green may make business sense. . . . → Read More: Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Canadians Prefer Businesses with Green Vehicles

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Worst possible time for HQ deal #nlpoli

If the rumblings from Labrador are correct, an opinion column in lapresse – “Why Quebec should regain Labrador” – this weekend both fits right in and provides a cautionary tale for us all.

Pierre Gingras  – right – spent 31 years with Hydro-Quebec (1966 to 1997) building large hydro-electric projects like Manicouagan and James Bay.

Gingras thinks the time is right to rescue tiny Newfoundland from itself and a very old injustice done to Quebec.  After all,  Gingras notes, people in Quebec should recall that, owing to what Gingras calls the “shenanigans of certain [but unnamed] financiers”  the Privy Council  in London tore Labrador from Quebec in 1927 and gave it to the British colony of Newfoundland without any protest from Canada.

“On se rappellera que le Labrador a été arraché au Québec (et au Canada) par le Conseil privé de Londres en 1927, à la suite des manigances de certains financiers, pour être rattaché à Terre-Neuve, alors colonie britannique, et ce, sans la moindre réaction du gouvernement du Canada.”

Quebec cannot buy power from Muskrat Falls as it is right now, according to Gingras, since the existing transmission lines are at maximum capacity.  But a new transmission line costing $3-4 billion would make it profitable to develop Gull Island.  Such a project would also allow for the development of many smaller projects in Labrador and along the Quebec North Shore that are currently held up, according to Gingras, by the uncertainty over the border.

Talk of a potential deal with Hydro-Quebec on the Lower Churchill has been swirling for months.  Stan Marshall has done nothing to dispel public concern with his comments in August that he is busily improving the relationship between Nalcor and HQ.  In June, Marshall said that Nalcor was looking at ways of boosting revenue from Muskrat Falls in conjunction with Nalcor’s existing partners Emera and Nyro-Quebec.

Nor did Premier Dwight Ball calm concerns when he said a couple of months ago that there were “no talks about Hydro-Quebec taking over MuskratFalls.”  That sounds like one of his patented denials using very precise and misleading language. The deal apparently in the works would have HQ buy a significant interest in a much larger project that, as Gingras described it, would involve development of Gull Island.  That isn’t about taking over Muskrat Falls, so Dwight’s comment would be literally true, even if it did not tell the whole truth.

The worst possible time

This is the worst possible time for Nalcor to be talking with Hydro-Quebec about the Lower Churchill.  Nalcor and the provincial government are more vulnerable than ever before. Not only is the Muskrat Falls project spiraling out of control and unable to deliver its promised electricity,  the provincial government is in the midst of its worst financial crisis since 1933.  

Then there is the fact that the current government is in third place in the polls and the Premier is at the lowest point in the polls for any Premier since we have had polling information.  The last time a politician was even half as desperate to make a deal on the Lower Churchill, Danny Williams cut one for Muskrat Falls. It guaranteed free electricity for Emera for 35 years,  partially privatized the electricity grid in Newfoundland, and bound the province into the current mess.  Don’t forget either that Williams himself spent five years desperately – and secretly – trying to get Hydro-Quebec to buy the Lower Churchill.

Dwight Ball has already made it clear he, too,  is desperate to complete the Lower Churchill, despite the incontrovertible evidence that it is a mistake. His administration never completed a proper assessment of the alternatives to continuing the project, as it seems.  Ball is in an even more desperate position than Williams was, if that is even possible. The government is vulnerable, therefore, to even the weakest offer that would beggar the provincial position and give Hydro-Quebec precisely the level of control of resources that Gingras is proposing.

Make no mistake,  the provincial position had been strengthening in the late 1990s.  It has deteriorated sharply since 2003, most significantly since October 2010.  There is no reason to believe that the current Liberal administration – pot-committed to the ludicrous Muskrat Falls project – could produce a viable deal even with Stan Marshall. Indeed,  Marshall is already jammed into an impossible position since Ball and the current Liberal administration have denied him the most power option anyone has in any negotiation:  walking away from a deal. Marshall was interested in examining all options when he took over as chief executive at Nalcor.  Dwight Ball has made it plain his only option is to finish the project.

Ball and Marshall don’t have many options. The federal government cannot increase its financial exposure in the project as it currently stands. It is a boondoggle and, as a recent court decision in Quebec confirmed, Nalcor does not control water flows on the river.  As such, Muskrat Falls can scarcely produce enough electricity to meet the freebie Williams and Ed Martin gave Nova Scotia.   The federal government will not pour more cash into it.

Having cut off every option for himself, Ball is clearly left with Hydro-Quebec and its deep pockets and experience as the only way to go.  That’s why Ball must stop any discussions involving Hydro-Quebec and the Lower Churchill immediately. If he persists and, God forbid, he tries to implement a deal,  Ball will precipitate a political crisis the likes of which the province has never seen.  Given the government’s precarious financial state, such a political confrontation crisis over what can only be an inevitably bad deal on the Lower Churchill would be one the province cannot afford.

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Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Caroline Plante reports on Quebec’s scourge of medical extra-billing and user fees (as identified by its own Auditor General). And Aaron Derfel notes that the federal government has done nothing to app… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Politics, Re-Spun: Parlez-Vous Contempt?

Comment? Conservative contempt for democracy, representation, culture, and people not like themselves [really really white!] does not end with Harper or #TheNewHarper. This new francophone minister, the anglophone Squires, not only clings to her talking points as if her political life depends on it [which it does], but she also waxes unironically about herself, showing … Continue reading Parlez-Vous Contempt?

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Politics, Re-Spun: Parlez-Vous Contempt?

Comment? Conservative contempt for democracy, representation, culture, and people not like themselves [really really white!] does not end with Harper or #TheNewHarper. This new francophone minister, the anglophone Squires, not only clings to her talking points as if her political life depends on it [which it does], but she also waxes unironically about herself, showing … Continue reading Parlez-Vous Contempt?

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The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Marine Le Pen et les pleutres du Québec

Quand Radio-Canada convoque Marine Le Pen à un tête-à-tête télévisé, les yeux du Québec sont rivés sur l’entretien. Quelle que soit votre opinion sur «l’immigration massive», l’intégration à reculons ou bien le rêve (ou le cau… . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Marine Le Pen et les pleutres du Québec

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Marine Le Pen et les pleutres du Québec

Quand Radio-Canada convoque Marine Le Pen à un tête-à-tête télévisé, les yeux du Québec sont rivés sur l’entretien. Quelle que soit votre opinion sur «l’immigration massive», l’intégration à reculons ou le rêve (ou le cauchemar?) du multiculturalisme utopiste, Marine Le Pen vous offre un franc parlé sur un sujet à la fois ‘sensible’ et litigieux.  Le multiculturalisme et l’immigrantion font autant parler en Europe (Suède, Allemagne, Angleterre, Italie, Danemark, Belgique, etc.) qu’en Amérique du Nord. Le Québec, progressiste par excellence, est vétéran du sujet (la Commission Bouchard-Taylor 2007, la Charte des Valeurs 2013). Pourtant, les entrevues québécoises avec Mme Le Pen laissaient à désirer.

Marine Le Pen, présidente du Front national(FN) depuis 2011, mène le parti de droite – certains diront «d’extrême droite» – qu’a fondé son père. Le Pen 2.0 est à la fois plus raffinée et plus douce que son géniteur. Marine Le Pen, en “campagne de dédiabolisation” depuis son ascension à la tête du FN, ne préconise pas le racisme, ni la xénophobie à découvert. Elle est bien plus habile que ça.

Le Pen est semblablement venue au Canada pour avancer le dialogue binational et symétrique sur l’immigration, l’économie, la culture et leurs intersections souvent embrouillées. C’est un dialogue quasi-quotidien dans les cuisines, sur les campus, et dans les sous-sols d’église et de mosquée à travers le Québec:

  • Comment le Québec accueille-t-il les immigrants – pas dans l’illusion chimérique reprise par l’establishment toujours pressé d’étouffer de clore le débat, mais dans les faits?
  • Est-ce que et comment les immigrants s’intègrent-t-ils: Quebec vs France?
  • L’intégration des étrangers nouveaux arrivants et la «mosaïque multiculturelle» sont-ils contradictoires, voire incompatibles?
  • L’accès à l’emploi étant le véhiclue d’intégration par excellence, comment le nativisme (soit la discrimination basée sur le lieu de naissance) et la xénophobie se manifestent-t-ils dans l’octroi des emplois en France, au Québec et dans le Rest of Canada?
  • Comment le Canada, avare de fécondité domestique, peut-il foisonner son développement sans assimiler la main d’œuvre nécessaire à son épanouissement économique?
  • Et surtout, comment le dynamiques socioculturelle et économique du Québec se comparent-t-elles à celles de la mère patrie? Avons-nous des leçons à apprendre de l’ancien colonisateur gaulois ou de Madame Le Pen elle-même?
  • Enfin, les québécois confondent-ils la confrontation avec Marine Le Pen et la confrontation de la xénophobie made-in-Québec?

Voilà un survol des questions qui auraient dû animer un dialogue sobre et intelligent entre Marine Le Pen et les élites médiatiques du Québec.

Malheureusement, une peur bleue paralyse les pleutres: à peu près personne n’a eu la sagesse d’aborder Mme LePen avec des statistiques et des constatations factuelles quand à l’apport de l’immigrationau sein de la Belle Province. En absence de débat public, l’ignorance généralisée se propage comme un cancer. Les médias du QC ont tous manqué à leur devoir d’éclairer les ignares avec les faits empiriques et de mettre un terme aux faussetés sur les effets négatifs (et positifs) de l’immigration. On dirait parfois que les journalistes eux mêmes ne maîtrisent pas le dossier: Anne-Marie Dussault semble faire l’amalgame entre nativisme et racisme (minute 16:00). Étonnamment, c’est Le Pen qui tente de la corriger! Pire encore: l’absence de dialogue cède la place aux mythes, aux mensonges et à l’imaginaire malicieux des démagogues qui occupent à eux seuls le débat public.

La symétrie se dessine
Il n’y a pas si longtemps que les politiciens fédéraux et provinciaux envisageaient des programmes d’immigration qui voilaient à peine les hégémonies ethnique et raciale qui, certes,se rapprochent de celle de Mme Le Pen et qui résument la pensée de milliers de citoyens canadiens:

Décidément, le malaise par rapport à l’immigration et les communautés culturelles précède de loin la visite de Marine Le Pen.

Les politiciens ont beau casser du sucre sur le dos de Mme Le Pen, mais elle dit parfois tout haut ce qu’ils disent en sourdine laissent échapper avant de ‘clarifier leur propos‘ xénophobes. En la chassant, plusieurs se félicitent d’avoir anéanti l’intolérance. Le Pen nous a quittés mais la xénophobie généralisée est toujours là.

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Alberta Politics: Deconstructing political discourse in Alberta: Doublethink is alive and well in recessionary Wild Rose Country

PHOTOS: Parson Manning spreads the Gospel of Market Fundamentalism in his days as leader of the Reform Party of Alberta. The actual neoliberal preacher-men of Confederation may not appear exactly as illustrated. Photo grabbed from Elmer Gantry, the mov… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Deconstructing political discourse in Alberta: Doublethink is alive and well in recessionary Wild Rose Country

PostArctica: Some Recent…

Haven’t been posting pictures regularly in a while and am thinking maybe it’s time to get back into it. Here are a few from around this winter. King’s Daughter’s wiki […] . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Some Recent…

Left Over: Turning a Fail into a Win…

Mulcair takes responsibility for failed election campaign in letter to NDP supporters Mulcair wants to remain NDP leader promising not to repeat mistakes of 2015 election By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press Posted: Feb 10, 2016 3:51 PM ET Last Updated: … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Turning a Fail into a Win…

Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Where is Quebec going after the strikes, where is Canada’s economy going after the oil crash?

  I have two Canadian updates this week. The first is from Nora Loreto on what’s happening in Quebec after the fall’s anti-austerity strikes. Nora is a Quebec City-based journalist and labour activist. She gives an account not only of what happened during the strikes in Quebec, but also what to expect in their wake (see the […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Where is Quebec going after the strikes, where is Canada’s economy going after the oil crash?

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Le blackface et d’autres maux franco-québécois

Je me souviens… du blackface à Brathwaite

La parodie que Normand Brathwaite a joué en blackface lors du dernier Bye-Bye à l’antenne de Radio-Canada a créé beaucoup d’émoi… Dans la plus récente tentative d’épuration des origines racistes du blackface que nous offre La Presse, le professeur de dramaturgie au Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal Gilbert Turp entame son argumentaire en précisant que le mot « blackface » n’existe pas en français. Forcément, mot étranger égal culture étrangère. Après avoir ainsi établi les assises d’une logique boiteuse, Turp largue un faux débat qui traduit son ignorance générale sur la pratique qui a bel et bien sa place dans l’histoire du Québec.

Dans sa lancée révisionniste, Turp décide de rebaptiser le blackface, pratique où un acteur se beurre la face en noir pour incarner un personnage de race noire. Il invente un terme franco-québécois pour designer la pratique théâtrale qui existe au Québec depuis plus de 100 ans.

Si on suit son raisonnement, le cul-de-sac culturel québécois est imperméable aux influences étrangères: ni les mots étrangers, ni les résidus de la culture américaine ne passent.

Ben coudonc! C’est-tu une joke? Comment une personne comme M. Turp qui gagne sa vie en s’abreuvant de la culture du peuple peut-il montrer une telle ignorance face à la fluidité des tendances culturelles?

Les mots étrangers couramment utilisés au Canada-français, tels boycotter, marketing, bashing (comme dans «Québec-bashing»), font partie intégrales du lexique québécois depuis belle lurette. Certes, seuls les anglophobes endurcis refusent d’accepter que ces mots portent la même signification à l’étranger qu’au Québec.

Dans une autre tentative d’épuration, la directrice artistique du Théâtre du Rideau Vert Denise Filiatrault se défendait après l’affaire Subban/blackface 2015:

«Écoutez, ce n’était pas un blackface, a-t-elle déclaré à La Presse. […] J’ai 60 ans de carrière. J’ai été la première à engager un Noir à la télévision.»

Effectivement, Filiatrault octroie une job à un jeune Norman Brathwaite en 1979-80. « Chez Denise » est la première émission de télévision québécoise à présenter un personnage noir. Mais quels rôles Filiatrault a-t-elle confiés à son apprenti?

Dès la première saison, Brathwaite nous livre un numéro qui fait référence à la chanson fétiche du roi du blackface américain, Al Jolson. Brathwaite, fidèle aux prestations de Jolson, se peint le visage en couleur cendre, exagère grossièrement ses lèvres et porte l’uniforme classique des minstrel show. Enfin, pour adapter la vulgaire caricature Afro-Américaine au contexte québécois, Brathwaite écorche un accent haïtien (à la minute 11:20).

Cette création de Denise Filiatrault, véritable calque du blackface américain, nous confirme que la culture québécoise est bel et bien poreuse. Turp et les autres analphabètes de l’histoire du blackface Made in Quebec s’acharnent à nous le faire oublier.

«De me faire dire “vous faites des blackface”, je suis scandalisée, outrée et humiliée. En tant que directrice du Rideau Vert, je n’ai jamais fait ça, je ne ferai jamais ça de ma vie.» –Denise Filiatrault

Mme Filiatrault a-t-elle la mémoire courte? Si oui, elle n’est pas la seule.

« JE ME SOUVIENS…. DE QUOI? DE RIEN! »

Le devoir de mémoire est inscrit dans la devise du Québec lui-même. Toutefois, la Belle province ne peut évoluer en tant que société si elle s’encloître dans une mémoire sélective, encore moins dans une mémoire reconstituée. 35 ans se sont écoulés entre les deux blackfaces de Normand. Malgré de nombreuses tentatives menées par des révisionnistes chevronnés, les faits les trahissent. Comme nous l’a démontré Filiatraut en 1980, pour ne nommer que celle-ci, le blackface s’est greffé au contexte québécois. Il est grand temps que les Thomas incrédules assument cette réalité pour enfin abolir cette pratique dévolue.

The adventures of a Franco Ontarian Viz Min Woman in Ottawa.

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The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Le blackface et d’autres maux franco-québécois

Je me souviens… du blackface à BrathwaiteLa parodie que Normand Brathwaite a joué en blackface lors du dernier Bye-Bye à l’antenne de Radio-Canada a créé beaucoup d’émoi… Dans la plus récente tentative d’épuration des origines racistes d… . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Le blackface et d’autres maux franco-québécois

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Stacey Dash’s Little Black Lies: When Blacks Agree with Bigots

Alternate title : Stacey Dash — Human Shield of House Negro ?

It’s painful to watch someone pimp themselves out for a paycheque. But Black people do it every day. Why? To “go along to get a long”, to make colleagues comfortable, to insure the few strands of opportunities that may come their way despite an unlevel playing field aren’t rubbed out.

This week, Stacey Dash traded her values for a check when she turned her back on the African-American owned media outlets which supported her career, and their audiences. The once still ‘Clueless’ actress-turned-Fox News commentator called for the elimination of Black History Month, the BET Awards and other venues to highlight talent which is otherwise eclipsed by the ubiquity of whiteness (see #OscarsSoWhite controversy 1.0 and 2.0). Too many bigots–blissfully unaware of the trick compensated ruse–salivate on Dash’s diatribe, wielding it like a weapon to uphold white supremacy.

The ruse has been employed for decades, and not just in the U.S. Banking on vulnerable people to lie to save their skin is one thing. To use these misguided statements, possibly offered under duress, as a catalyst for further marginalization of racialized groups is cruel. This tactic has often worked well for the establishment.

In the mid-1950s, Dresden, Ont. was like many segregated Canadian towns. Black and white residents led separate social lives. Restaurants, barbershops and even churches banned African Canadians from entering. Many merchants refused to serve people of colour.

When Black residents challenged the long-standing segregationist climate in a Dresden court room, the media descended on the south-western Ontario town to survey the racial row. To gage the sentiment of the townsfolk, they interviewed local residents. Curiously, the black resident this journalist interrogated was the area’s token sole Black police officer. When asked about the race-based discrimination enforced by the City (and, implicitly, his employer), the smiling policeman stated “there was no discrimination here”.

Were (white) journalists enlightened enough to decipher the white lie a Black employee uttered to comfort his Caucasian coworkers and keep his coveted job? None of the period articles I found were conclusive. However, it is entirely plausible that local bigots used this coerced headline to justify the racist status quo.

The same sad scenario has repeated itself in Quebec this week. CBC TV producer and Quebecois celebrity Louis Morissette took to his wife’s magazine, the public broadcaster’s airwaves and La Presse newspaper to share his artistic sorrow: his bosses forbid him from using blackface during Radio-Canada’s annual New Years’ Eve TV comedy special. Even worse, Morissette was – gasp! – forced to hire a Black actor to play a Black character on TV.

Blackface, a longstanding practice by which a white actor tars his face to play a black character, is back in style in Quebec. (Some say it never went out of style.)

Two afro-quebeckers vehemently and publicly defend blackface in French-speaking Canada: African immigrant-turned-CBC comedian Boucar Diouf and perennial token-black-character Normand Brathwaite, who notably got his career started by playing to Haitian immigrant stereotypes — much to the Québécois audience’s delight.

“This is not blackface,” Normand Brathwaite said. “I’d be pretty pissed off if someone imitated me in a year-end show and didn’t paint himself black, because I’m very proud of the colour of my skin.”

The Brathwaite-Diouf duo are often dragged to Quebec TV, radio and print to prop up bigot blackface-disciples, with a clear aim at silencing the vast majority of the black community which is offended by the practice. Brathwaite and Diouf work for the very Québec-based broadcasters and producers who repeatedly rely on blackface for comic relief. No one has questioned the dynamics by which Brathwaite and Diouf defend their masters remain in the good graces of Quebec’s white-dominated star système clique.

HUMAN SHIELDS or HOUSE NEGROS?
It’s a false binary. Journalists pull the strings of public sentiment by selecting biased spokespersons. The Stacy Dash’s of Quebec say what their employers want to hear. They’ve convinced many uninformed purelaine Quebeckers that blackface is no longer considered racist with their post-racial paradise. Regardless, the responsibility to present analysis of a racially-charged controversy isn’t on Stacy Dash or the Brathwaite-Diouf duo. It behooves competent journalists forgo editorial fools’ gold.

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The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Stacey Dash’s Little Black Lies: When Blacks Agree with Bigots

Alternate title : Stacey Dash — Human Shield of House Negro ?It’s painful to watch someone pimp themselves out for a paycheque. But Black people do it every day. Why? To “go along to get a long”, to make colleagues comfortable, to insure the few… . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Stacey Dash’s Little Black Lies: When Blacks Agree with Bigots

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Louis Morissette: marabout à cause des Moustiques©

Voilà que le mari à Véro, Louis Morissette, se vide le coeur en trois temps: dans la revue nommée pour sa célèbre conjointe, aux ondes de Radio-Canada, et dans le grand journal.

C’est à cette échelle-là que l’homme, à qui sont accordées toutes les tribunes officielles, a le privilege de pleurnicher.

moustique«…c’est l’attaque des moustiques qui piquent, picossent et bourdonnent jusqu’à te rendre fou au milieu de la nuit.»
~Louis Morissette, dans le dernier numéro du magazine Véro 

Le pauvre plaignant nous livre sa jérémiade: ses patrons l’ont condamné à embaucher un noir. (!)
Vite! Passez la boîte de Kleenex!

C’t’à cause des Moustiques© sur Twitter que Monsieur le producteur de télé-dérision doit rompre l’uniformité raciale qui guette l’antenne du diffuseur public.

Voilà que la diversité entre au Bye-Bye par la porte d’en arrière, ainsi brisant l’omniprésence de visages de blancs beiges et sans saveur multiculturelle.

«Notre télé est blanche comme les chemises de l’archiduchesse, à quelques exceptions près.»
~Stéphane Morneau dans le Métro, Sept. 2015.

APRÈS MOI, LE DÉLUGE!
«Quelle sera la prochaine étape?» poursuit Morissette, semblablement marabout. «Nous devrons avoir un Noir, un blond, une Autochtone, une femme ronde, une personne handicapée, un sexagénaire…?»

Eh, oui. La diversité. Le reflet d’une réelle société. Un véritable cauchemar, n’est-ce pas?

Faut-il s’interroger sur un fantasme dans lequel la créativité qui dépend strictement d’un casting homogène. Dans quel Québec sommes-nous?

«Le petit écran québécois met inlassablement en scène du bon blanc de souche 100% approuvé par le conseil municipal de Hérouxville. »
~Pascal Henrard dans Urbania, janvier 2014.

Et quel est le Québec d’un avenir prometteur?

«Nous avons un bassin d’acteurs issus de la diversité. Je peux bien les proposer à tout le monde, mais si personne n’en veut…»
~Sophie Prégent, présidente de l’Union des artistes (UDA), janvier 2015.

Cet aveu de discrimination positive discrimination à découvert assurera l’hégémonie de souche québécoise, laquelle freine le progrès du Québec. Celle qu’on constate au Prix Gémaux, aux Jutrachez Radio-Canada, et j’en passe. C’est cette lâcheté artistique et culturelle que dénoncent inlassablement ces fameuses Moustiques©.

N’en déplaise à ceux qui narguent la dignité humaine, qui méprisent le multiculturalisme, qui pleurent l’absence du blackface à la télévision québécoise : les Moustiques© s’abreuvent allègrement de vos larmes.

Allez s’y: continuez à brailler.

{Signé}
Les Moustiques©

hastag: #Moustiques

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The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Louis Morissette: marabout à cause des Moustiques©

Voilà que le mari à Véro, Louis Morissette, se vide le coeur en trois temps: dans la revue nommée pour sa célèbre conjointe, aux ondes de Radio-Canada, et dans le grand journal.C’est à cette échelle-là que l’homme, à qui sont accordées toute… . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Louis Morissette: marabout à cause des Moustiques©

Joe Fantauzzi: The Political Economy of The Sharing Economy

Introduction Today, getting a lift to the store is as easy as loading an application on a digital device and summoning a roving car to one’s door. It is fast, cheap and, many argue, less onerous than ownership. The so-called sharing economy is on the… . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: The Political Economy of The Sharing Economy

Michal Rozworski: 2015: Year in review

  As 2015 comes to a close, here’s a podcast and a post that’s something in between a best of and a year in review. It’s a look back at some of my interviews from 2015, both in terms of significant subjects and personal favourites. First up, it is interesting to follow my sequence of interviews […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: 2015: Year in review

Wise Law Blog: Assisted Dying is Officially Legal in Quebec

After a lengthy court battle, Quebec Health Minister, Gaetan Barrette, announced that as of today, it will be legal for terminally ill patients in Quebec to have medical assistance in dying.Quebec is the first province to pass this controversial law, p… . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: Assisted Dying is Officially Legal in Quebec

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Mariana Mazzucato discusses the futility of slashing government without paying attention to what it’s intended to accomplish. And Sheila Block and Kaylie Tiessen are particularly critical of Ontario’s short-term sell… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links