Friday, May 25, 2012

The problem with Quebec is ...?

... the French. Barbara Kay:

... There are 43 francophone CEGEPs in Quebec, of which 28 are on strike. None of the five anglo CEGEPs are. None of those students will miss their year. There are four universities in Montreal: two francophone, two anglophone. At the Université de Montréal, almost a third of the students are officially on strike12,000 out of 40,000. Many of them will lose their term. At UQAM, more than half — 27,000 of 40,000 -– went on strike and the campus pretty well shut down.

... at Concordia, a much more politicized and left-leaning population than the generally more bourgeois constituency at McGill, almost a quarter –12,000 of 45,000 -– were out, but only a small number of actual classes were disrupted, unlike at the franco colleges.

... McGill estimated only 40 – yes, forty – students out of 38,000 were on strike and no classes had been disrupted.

... When political tensions arise, it’s all about culture. Guillotines were a French invention. There’s more than a little nostalgie de la boue in the Montreal air these days.
We mighta' known.


fernstalbert said...

I have been watching the "students" in the crowds - its a lark - a frat party - a middle-finger salute to "the man". So where does it end - the government in retreat, tourist season in shambles, reputations destroyed, education interrupted etc. This will take years to fix and I am not so sure that Quebec can withstand the spotlight. How many of these participants will want to travel to the States in the future and be denied because of criminal charges? Who hires people who spend their time protesting and destroying property? For what - a mere $400 increase in tuition. Too bad they don't show that much passion for working hard and getting an education. They have lost their year and that is not going to be returned - time moves on and they choose to live in the past. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

The problem with Quebec is that they are here.
Powell Lucas

Sean M said...

There's no doubt the francophone tribe feels entitled to all that the "anglo's" owe them...? bizarre sense of perpetual victimhood and isolation ingrained for decades. There's also no doubt that francophones are indoctrinated to think the way they do... Just look at Trudeau... his "education" or indoctrination started early, and everyone knows the damage that colossal A-Hole wrought upon the nation.

Anonymous said...

The problem is the students are asking "what can you do for me" and "you owe me" attitude. Funny thing is if and when they go to find a job they will have to sell themselves to the employer...the employer is looking for someone that will sell him their skills and work ethic..if he/she cannot work for the employer and their rules...he/she will not get hired regardless of what degrees you hold

Anonymous said...

The problem with Quebec is that they live in a bubble. Watched Radio Canada last night and a panel of a revoltingly smug young person representing some educational think tank, a philosophy prof from the University of Quebec and a prof from the Ecole de l'Administration Publique in Quebec City. Apart from the last prof who was constantly interrupted, the others (including the anchorwoman) kept praising the young demonstrators about how idealistic they are and insisting that the Charest government must negotiate with them.

Never anyone from the business community or the anglo community.

Patsplace said...

It's the French version of the CBC. What did you expect? Fair and Balanced? 78%support Charest's current bill and oppose the "students". The unions are pumping money in to try and bring down the Gov't. before the construction inquiry can get started. It' s Quebec therefore it's corrupt.

Did you notice that the Anglo schools are doing fine and won't lose their year. It's a French thing.

Anonymous said...

If and when these students graduate, I hope that they are able to converse in English because they may think that they will be employed in Quebec but Quebec has only so many jobs in their particular field and they will have to look outside the province...If they think that they are going to start their own business they need money...go to the bank...the bank wants some collateral just in case you default..their degree is not collateral and neither are their ideas...I do feel sorry for these students as they have been fed so much crap that they will not know what hit them once they step out of the protective cover of schooling

Patsplace said...

I think that many of them have a career coming as "Teat Suckers" at the Houses of the Quebec Government .