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Weeding Out Discrimination in the Workplace – A Note to Government Institutions in Quebec, and ex-Premier Bernard Landry

In response to former Quebec Premier Bernard Landry’s comments of this past week regarding the posting of Michael Sabia as head of the largest institutionalised pension fund in Canada – LaCaisse.com :

To the Right Honourable Gentleman:

You state that it is a ‘provocation’ to have what you label as an ‘Anglophone’ assume the head of the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDP).  I do not subscribe to this point of view simply because it is none other than Psychological Harassment ( which is, by the way, illegal under QC law since 2004 in the workplace) of a Racial Nature aimed at keeping those who have the Québécois accent, or most frequently share the same ethnicity, in privileged positions within provincial Government Institutions, and even Federal Government institutions within the province. So nice to hear such Professorly ranting (repetitively for over ten years now), whilst it is funny that you are at UQAM all nice and secure, while the economic tsunami hits and the minorities get les mietes.  To the already miniscule Anglophone workers within the Government workforce (a revolutionary condition isn't it - taxation without representation, think we didn't notice?), I get the impression that, according to the University of Toronto, your verbal attacks are considered Criminal Harassment since you are clearly affecting the primary need for security of those around you from the safety of the University you are working in (hmm, sounds like high-handedness - pray tell what entitlement do you have to be so judgemental on minorities you are programmed to disdain: as if it is my fault your code is buggy and incorrigably Clanniste).  It is as if you are not mature enough to set aside your obvious Anglophobia to see how the wake your vocal actions stoke the fire of ethnic cleansing that has been imposed on the last pro-Federalist and pro-Canadian generation ( starting circa mid 70s ) in consequence of the Quiet Revolution, please stop trying to do it to our generation ( many of us don't like Harper either, so don't squeeze us any more than the Crisis is already doing tyvm ) – minorities do not want your, 'if you don’t like it, leave' attitude anymore.  Your insinuation that our human rights are okay to be withheld, in this instance with Sabia as Head of the CDP having a fair chance at the job (merci Olivier pour ce lien, but there are no opposing views, only six very concerned people whingeing unfortunately and nothing about equal opportunity - the Clan's detestable knee-jerk reaction perhaps) - is justified by your link to the ethnic majority of today’s Quebec.  Since your faction are victims of the majority of Canada, it's okay to perform even worse reverse discrimination on a minority that has lived here for centuries?

Furthermore, it excludes minorities or those recently arrived to Quebec of a reasonable chance of stability – I have had a handful of friends who have had to leave the province in the past ten years due to this exclusionist and insular attitude and I will no longer stand for it since being a complaca-phone (locals who have given up the fight for their rights) is not in my blood, having been raised in Vancouver thankfully (out of Bill 101s brain-washing reach).  Your comments put shame on Quebec in front of the World.  I will not stand by and witness yet another fully qualified technical resource from 'outside of the Clan' be forced to leave the province, this time one of my own family.  Please note that several of my friends who are now in San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Victoria or Vancouver (et al.) were here before, I want you Sir, Mr. Landry, to apologise to them publicly admitting that we have not fixed the 'Quebec Bug’ yet because our virus scan is stuck somewhere between one or two viruses from the 'old guard' trying to make minorities feel like 'bad' Quebeckers (sounds like Orwell's Animal Farm - 'two legs good, four legs bad').  You set a very bad example for a pluralist Quebec, and UQAM's reputation is yet again weakened by your open discrimination.  Please understand, that I believe in self determination, but after two lost referendums and a semi-autonomous nation officially recognised (motion accepted in Parliament, next Constitution to be revised eventually as Charest suggested) - it’s over, get over your Anglophobia/Xenophobia, let focus now on the economy together as equals and increasing the number of entrepreneurs here!

As someone with both English and French descent (plus Scotch, Welsh, Irish, and even Scandinavian), I denounce this line of thinking, as do many Francophones.  It sends a message of intolerance to minorities (as does this Federal Minister's mistake also) and reflects the poor integration of them within Quebec society (and even when immigrants concentrate themselves, they are insulted, or better yet, called Fake Victims) – the current energetic Premier, Mr Charest, is doing us all a favor by nominating Mr. Sabia to run the institution (who by word of the Board of Directors was the most qualified by far).  I am most certain that until comments such as yours regarding who should be able to manage our retirement money are not retracted; we cannot proceed as a mature nation within Canada.  For the sake of our generation, trying to live now and not in the sixties, please apologise for this nonsensical rant, because I will not be taking this post down until you do so.  I have confirmed already with my many friends and 'long-lost brothers' like Alexandre (of whom I love living happily amongst on the Plateau) who do not condone this type of exclusion with which you continue to repetitively impress upon the minorities of Quebec - nor did René-Lévesque by the way (I heard he was pratically turning in his grave after you rubbed shoulders with the PowerCorp Brass).

Sabia is the accountant who has been called in to clean up the top of the Caisse, whose francosupremacist nationalist leaders have repetitively failed the province

Might I remind you, or perhaps you have forgotten in your extensive career, that the group that were positioned at the top of the said institution until recently, were mostly placed (even Henri-Paul Rousseau himself) during your administration of the province, and the continuous attack on the Liberal Government shows how little credibility you have (and why the PQ is crumbling as we speak, since we're still paying for the great financial damage done by your party over the twenty years). This team, mostly your team, has led the institutionalised fund manager to lose a colossal $39.8 Billion – a whopping twenty five percent of the entire pension fund itself (excluding real estate assets), and, what’s more, seven percent lower performance on average than the average across Canadian Pension Funds. Do you think this would have happened if minorities were allowed to hold executive and management positions within the ranks of the utmost of public security offered to the public – retirement security?  Had these managers simply listened to an opposing voice (or managed risk appropriately), maybe they would have not risked up to thirteen billion in asset-backed commercial paper? After having worked for eight months within the CDP, I am pretty sure it was done because people at the CDPQ simply do not listen to the rest of Canada and its institutions' recommendations to stay away from Commercial Paper investments. It's rather interesting, to see how your mate there, PQ/opposition leader Pauline Marois (Madame swear allegiance to the French Language or no entry), who's pressuring QC Finance Minister (now departed, notre chère Dame de Fer) Monique Jerome-Forget constantly about mismanagement at the CDP is literally throwing stones from a glass house of integrity.  The subsequent Parliamentary Commission has definately shed some light on how the PQ mentality's grip on this institution managing our collective retirement money - thier scapegoat being the mandate change a few years back (yeah, right, as if the mentality changes due to that!), ends up with nobody responsible ultimately - and none of the former Board forefitting any bonuses, of course. How can anyone seriously tell us that it's okay to drop the ball on this mega loss?  It's as if the press is so hypocritical to gave years of ink to the Sponsorship Scandal and the Gomery Inquiry with such a magnitude only in the Millions, while the CDPQ failure is in the tens of bilions, yet the press treats it as less important because an attack on le fédérale est plus important que notre propre retraite. This is, without a doubt to minorities in this province, the greatest hypocrisy in modern Quebec/Canadian history.

Please let Quebec move on from the post Quiet Revolution era

This retrograde maitre chez nous attitude has been embraced by the sovereigntist office bullies within QC government institutions, automatically making minorities excluded, whilst at the same time, reducing our talent pool for all-important positions that should be given by competence and not due to nepotism, political views or ethnocentrism (the latter diminishing as the years go by and the immigrants increase the population of Greater Montreal). Our pension investments are not rightfully yours to be wasted by the pro-independence militant PQ elite only ('ists' even denounced by French President Sarkozy(!) thankfully, for thier ridiculous repetitive attack on Federalists) holding onto key positions within government institutions (much like the Mafioso guys running the hospital in Denys Arcand’s great film Les Invasions Barbares).  I believe Charest has been very motivated by this reality in placing Michael Sabia, a very brave man, at the top of the organisation that still espouses this inequality for all except ‘ists’ mentality - as do you, clearly demonstrated by this dérive ethnique.  I believe Mr. Charest's goal is to weed out this most intolerant faction bolstered by years of injustice towards visible AND audible minorities (French from France are even forced out of the workplace, since they are perceived as threats to power...or simply just not part of the Clan).

I have even seen sovereignists openly denounce others in the office-place for voting anything other than for the Parti Québécois (as if everything is simplistically decided by blue or red, similar to a Rep. Vs Dem divide in the U.S.), openly discriminating and violating any sort of freedom of expression with respect political viewpoints – and goes back to what I’m discussing about these mis-aligned and completely unprofessional followers (coming out of UQAM too often) your bad example has produced. No wonder the Commission des normes du travail has got a full load of work; they’re spending much of their time trying to fight this 'bug' for the benefit of all Quebeckers, which has poisoned many government institutions – breeding contempt and ultimately, some very, very poor results with respect to our retirement funds (the first ever (?) time it's triple AAA rating was questioned, with reason, by Standard and Poor's, later confirmed as still triple AAA, thanks to the independence from the government).

Forced Departure - these actions are behind the Anglo Exodus

Hypocrisy is not something I can claim not be void of, but what I am trying to point out here is the fact the PQ philosophy of ‘change (forced Francisation), or get out’ is directly linked to why so many Immigrants, pro-Canadian Francophones and especially Anglophones have left the province, and EN MASSE at that (unless they are willing to live with devalorisation and prevention of advancement in their jobs). Former Premier Parizeau blamed the former (‘les éthniques et l'argent’) after losing the second referendum in 1995, typical scapegoating of the Parti Québécois elite. This goes back to a deeply rooted Clan mentality (not only limited to QC btw, a typical human tribal instinct) which, as I have seen first hand, rejects International Standards and International Law with respect to chosing the Language of Education (supposedly protected by the UN charter, but ignored here); often using scapegoats that in the end (e.g. overuse of the blame the Federalists card, which of course, post $13BN ABCP loss fiasco - D'Amours used), after proper and thorough analysis, holds no water.  The complacent people surrounding these bullies you’ve encouraged with your psychological harassment allow them to get away with mistreatment and outright violation of human rights of provincial minorities (when they should have been managing risk properly - note how this link was to the Gazette originally, but has been republished elsewhere. Was the Gazette bullied by the CDPQ to take it down I wonder?) – because they too, have a scapegoat (trickling down from the top) of fear of losing the French language in Québec - which I can tell you after living here for ten years, could not be farther from truth.  The only language that is being lost in this province is English: a critical door opener for Montreal to the rest of the World and Canada economically, but, again ignored by short-term thinking to gain the nationalist vote.  Why put a knife to the Lingua Franca when it is most needed to bring Quebec out of financial disaster and on the world stage? Montreal is a bilingual city (and not all four corners of the city's flag are the Fleur de Lys, remember), so stop trying to demonise the English language, you are only shooting the province collectively in the foot. Ah, right, bilingualism 'lost cause' to you perhaps, just because ('le maudit fédéraliste') Trudeau promoted it (a traitor to your gang? you demonise him because of being mixed blood, as am I?) - so the rest of Quebeckers have to give up on outside opportunities also - because you have made that decision for them? Your quasi-facist attitude is evident.

Nice Job - Francophones across Canada subject to more problems due to your 'high' integrity

Another consequence of this divide and conquer attitude: have you ever thought about the wake of your actions with respect to Francophones across Canada?  They are affected by your actions, do you understand why? Do you care or know how much damage to this exclusionism has done to the lives of our brethren (our family relationship with Norman French goes way back too, see Robert d'Ivry/Perceval) in communities across our multi-nation state? Do you think about how you are messing up their lives vis à vis their supposedly 'evil Canadian' (btw - les Anglais habitent Angleterre, here we are Canadian, very big difference) neighbours they have been living with for several hundreds of years already. 

This is partially a result of the current 'illusion tranquille' we are living through here and a backlash against globalisation at the same time perhaps. I understand that the Nation will have growing pains, but blaming minorities and denying them equal opportunity in public office for your own problems within the pure laine elite (remember forty billion lost by the boys you placed at the CDPQ again?) that have been swept under the rug by complacency and uncompetitiveness, really demonstrates why you must apologise for your disgraceful verbal violence.  Noble public service is what Sabia is doing, and he's already given up his pension plan, and proceeded to cut the board of director's compensation in half. Are these the acts of what you describe coming from a Canadian (with your obvious negative undertones), examples of a threat to the economic force of Quebec? Are you going to incessantly question his allegiance? 

What is more, why is it that we, as disdained minorities according to these ‘let’s brainwash the masses out of fear’ militant PQ goons using revisionist history and repetitive physiological harassment – why is it that we have to be given ethnic cleaning, albeit ‘soft’ but still forced departure, as a bitter bill to swallow – or worse without any apology at all, simply ‘told shut up, you fake victims’ from nasty articles by starved/ignorant/disgruntled Journal de Montreal writers such as Joseph Facal – who is supposed to be from the Pour un QC Lucide Movement?  Please tell me if there is a better way to describe such back-asswardsness?  Why not listen to Patrick Lagace, of La Presse, has already described how boring Quebec City is now that they managed to 'se debrasser des Anglos' (kick out the Anglos, who quietly left), now that you’re all secure at UQAM, is your final solution to eradicate them from Montreal too? For some of us, home to our family for several hundreds of years? Why is it that so many great minds, like graduates from McGill, take their diploma and leave - perhaps another 'wake' you did not consider due to this obvious repression.

Charest is a much better leader than you ever were for the province, learn from his success

With Premier Charest, we have some political balance between the nations and common conservative background with the PM Harper, but the damage caused by the wake of several decades of PQ-style leadership (or should I say ‘losership’) has forced us into a financially and politically asymmetrical situation – where the government has to bribe International Events back to Montreal, such as the Grand Prix (how long will this magouille continue?). My proposal is that we first have former leaders such as yourself realise the repairable damage, for lack of a better phrase, you have caused the nation in front of the eyes of the world, as well as the rest of Canada, and open your mind to English, as opposed to trying to silence and demonise those you consider ‘imposters’ within our own territory too, soundly decided on the Plains of Abraham.  The cleansing must stop, I demand you set the example and actually listen to the minorities here, otherwise, I shall request your forced retirement from UQAM with as many signatures in protest as possible.

Mr. Landry, I hope that you recognise your errors and proceed to apologise to the minorities of Quebec, considering Mr. Parizeau (CDPQ founder) left these types of comments in the past, why cannot you?  If you do not want to listen anyone non-pure laine, for whatever reason you feel justified to wash your brain with, at least listen to Pierre Jury. 

Thank you for your understanding, have a very nice retirement (soon come, and a benefit to us all). Very happy that Charest defeated you years ago. Please bear in mind that I will always do what is in the best interest of rule of law, and personal service to the sovereign (QEII) of this great confederation we call Canada. I can only hope that you at least observe the former standard and cease to repetitively harass the minorities in this province.

Hugo Shebbeare

Post Script to regular blog readers (now over 80k cumulatively between January-October 2009):

For those of you who do not know this beautiful province of Quebec, please do not assume everyone in the province is like this - trust me we are not!  By writing this, I hope to bring some change to this exclusionist/insular/backwards/isolationist mentality held by the extreme few who espouse denying minorities opportunity.  Sovereigntists are at their lowest point in popularity here in fact, and I feel the need to speak out to ensure extremism when it prevents anyone from a stable job and threatens the life of minority families here.  The goal, with respect to this type of racial harassment, is to expose the politics of fear...instead of taking advantage of the populace's current economic fears leading to this type of scapegoating at the expense of the minority. We see this too at a Federal level unfortunately, in a different way, by means of the open push towards a melting pot,

For those who may not understand the necessity of this revised posting, then I am quite repentant, but until you have had your own constitutional rights stripped away from you (by a faction controlling government institutions and critical services, and hence treats you as invisible), and have to jump through nine months of bureaucratic hoops to seek justice, you cannot expect inaction from the victim – especially if they have significant resources, technical skill and legal standing.

If I may sound like an idealist, so be it – I will always remain a positive person, and despite the impression (after ten years of observation) that the complex interdependence within Canada’s two founding nations has turned to negative interdependence (International Relations Theory, by Viotti & Kauppi, p399, 2nd ed.), I will give M. Landry the benefit of the doubt to right his wrongs – a request for ceasefire if you will, because the cleansing of minorities from ‘La Belle Province’ is real and it has to stop.


Posted by Aaron Alton on 16 March 2009

Wow - I couldn't agree more.  Reverse discrimination is no better than any other kind of discrimination.  All discrimination breeds contempt.  As an English-speaking resident of Ontario (and as such a lesser class of human according to people like Mr. Landry), it's especially good to hear feedback like yours coming from a resident of Quebec.

Thanks for writing this!

Posted by Hugo Shebbeare on 17 March 2009

Thank you Aaron, someone has to step up to the plate...very sensitive issue right now. Just look at this guy, for example, so scared that he did not even use his own name to publish: www.montrealgazette.com/.../story.html  I guess the spelling mistakes can give you an idea of the fear?

Posted by didimiesen on 3 April 2009

Hello Hugo & aaron,

Hugo  thanks so much for telling it 'like it is,  in our 'belle province'.   The government sponsored and promoted 'ethnic cleansing' of anglos language & culture has GOT to be made know to the rest of Canada!  It's Canada's dirty little secret, that too many Canadians are unaware of.

Well over  600,000 have felt forced to FLEE the province - because they have been and are 'systematically being starved out of the workforce'.

Our rights  have been removed - with full approval of both Federal & Provincial governments.

For some strange reason - the rest of Canada,  believes there are very few anglos left in Quebec, and we have NO problem with the language laws and the unbelievable discrimination we are forced to endure every day.

Please know, there are over  2 million English speaking Canadians left in the province of Quebec and our voices and cries for help,  have been 'silenced  or muzzled' for over 3 decades!!

We are here and we need the ROC  to understand we need their 'outrage'  that something like this can happen in Canada!   We DO NOT have the same rights as the rest of Canada.  Our schools, institutions, businesses, media are being 'cleansed to extinction'.   Imagine..  this is going on in CANADA!!   Thank God for the internet,  because we can finally  have the TRUTH  told.  We need you to ask your MP's why they have ALLOWED  this horror.

because trust me,  if you think it can't happen to you...  that's what we thought.

Posted by Hugo Shebbeare on 7 June 2009

I follow this up with a letter to Andre Pratte of LaPresse, who seems to be ignoring the fact that Sabia is being harassed by militant seperatist politicians for his allegiance to Canada or Quebec: www.sqlservercentral.com/.../workplace-discrimination-in-quebec-part-2-ignoring-the-warning-signs.aspx

Posted by Anonymous on 14 July 2009

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Posted by Hugo Shebbeare on 30 August 2009

The Gazette seems to have removed the original article about Landry's comments, here it is reprinted elsewhere: www.vigile.net/La-Gazette-Landry-s-ethnic-focus

Posted by Anonymous on 14 September 2009

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Posted by Hugo Shebbeare on 2 October 2009

The link I added back on March 17, 2009 10:20 AM

is now dead (probably bullied by Landry directly to take it down), but thankfully reprinted here:


Ignoring this problem or not talking about it doesn't make it go away: le Québec, mon cher, lâchez le nombril et regardez dans le miroir un peu.

Posted by Hugo Shebbeare on 19 October 2009

Yet another article from the Montreal Gazette that is now gone, no thanks to harassment by the CDPQ I bet:

Feds failed us on ABCP: Caisse

'Double standards' decried: Former head of risk management panel acknowledges collapse was unavoidable

By MARIANNE WHITE, Canwest News ServiceMay 15, 2009

Alban D'Amours, a former head of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec's risk management committee, criticized federal authorities yesterday for failing to declare a "general market disruption" in the tainted non-bank asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) when the market collapsed in the summer of 2007.

Had that been done, he said, foreign banks would have been forced to repay the Quebec pension fund manager the $13 billion of non-bank ABCP it held.

"The federal government refused to do so and they have their reasons for it, but I would call it double standards," D'Amours said after testifying before a provincial legislature committee probing the Caisse's $40-billion loss in 2008.

"The federal authorities didn't have any obligation to do that, but it would have been the best thing to do in our view for Canadian investors," D'Amours added.

The federal government and the Bank of Canada intervened later to set up what is known as the Montreal Accord to come up with a workout plan for the ABCP market, he noted.

D'Amours, who headed the risk management committee for almost nine years until March 2008, said the asset-backed commercial paper collapse could not have been avoided.

"It was a worldwide crisis. Don't think it happened only in Quebec or in Canada," he said.

"It happened all over the planet, but elsewhere they had arrangements that forced the banks to repay. But it didn't happen here for the non-bank ABCP."

"General market disruption" is a situation that triggers emergency funding to issuers of asset-backed commercial paper.

Liquidity agreements in part of the Canadian ABCP market were unique in that providers of the emergency funding - mostly foreign banks - would pay back only in case of general market disruption.

But when the market collapsed in 2007, some of those banks said the conditions for providing liquidity had not occurred. Investors, like the Caisse, were left holding paper they could not roll over.

The federal Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions refused to get involved in crisis, saying it is not mandated to oversee the specific non-bank ABCP market.

D'Amours, like other Caisse managers who have testified at the hearings, refused to shoulder any blame for what they call a "perfect storm" that hit the pension fund by surprise.

"I'm not here to excuse what the Caisse has done with the ABCP. I'm here to make sure we understand what happened," he said.

But D'Amours was at a loss to explain why the pension fund manager accounted for a third of the $32-billion ABCP market.

He acknowledged the risk management committee didn't know exactly how much ABCP the Caisse had bought.

"We didn't have an aggregate of all ABCP products. My only regret is that I didn't have the intuition to ask for it before August," when the market crashed, D'Amours said.

Also yesterday, Quebec Pension Plan president André Trudeau told the committee that his organization became aware that its portfolio, managed by the Caisse, contained massive ABCP investments only when the market collapsed in August 2007.

"We never requested investments in ABCP," he said. "It was up to the Caisse to make those specific investments."

© Copyright (c) The Montreal Gazette

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As mentioned in a previous post , between the months of January and September 2008 I was hired to be

Posted by didimiesen on 29 May 2010

Dearest Hugo,

I'm so glad you reposted this and delighted to see the number of hits it has received. You know of course that you have and always will have my total support (and I imagine everyone else with a sense of humanity within).

What does sadden me, is the growing awareness that Charest's government may be using Sabia's  position as nothing more than another 'bone to throw at the 'captive Anglo voter.

Instead of - promoting the inclusion of the Anglo community in the Province - his "Actions" (like his predecessors)with the REMOVAL  and ERASURE of English as an Official Language in Quebec and its subsequent 'ripple effect'; have tightened the noose even tighter around our 'struggling even harder..to survive' community.  Did you know that Charest - before becoming a Conservative MP - was a die hard separatist?   I had forgotten that myself - until someone brought it up recently.  And it felt like I'd been punched in the stomach,  hard.   But it did help make sense of his obvious determination to speed up the erasure of our language and culture.  

Here's the real irony.  I also, recently learned  that  69%  of Quebec's TAX revenue.... comes from the tax payers of the greater Montreal area.  You know, the area that houses the 2.5 MILLION - Anglo/Allo/community!  A community that has ALWAYS  and only asked for and embraced Bilingualism  and equality  and more importantly wanting nothing other than to live with and amongst our Francophone friends.  

This money, our money, Billions - upon Billions are what finances - OUR Erasure!  The Quebec government  We in fact - have been paying for our own demise!  If we withheld that money and put it into an escrow account until our rights and language were reinstated,  the gouvernement de Quebec  would be forced to function on the remaining  31%  and would of course ...  collapse  immediately!!  

Montrealers including Francophone Montrealers want nothing more - than to Live our rightful lives.. in harmony as we always did... until this 'cancer'  was foisted upon us - by nothing other than - the same old - lifelong politicians -(along with our Federal politicos)  most of whom - couldn't wipe their own bigoted asses - in the REAL Working world - we live in.  

They have done  ALL they can to keep the TRUTH about the Anglo Devil Lie - a secret and are still hard at work - doing it not only in Quebec - but across the country.

I'm sure you have been reading the latest - proof of exactly that - especially with my most recent -conversation with Dan Veniez  ex Montrealer  & newest B.C. Liberal candidate  on.  www.bullbullet.com     Who, slammed the door to a language law conversation  shut....  the moment I asked for  ANY Proof - even ONE example to verify the Anglo Devil Employer - that had abused the francophone population for centuries... story,  A story that our politicos have used to inflame our fellow Quebeckers - against us.  

Not one IOTA  of those disgusting legends...  is true.  Not ONE.  Imagine that.  Think about how we - Quebeckers and Canadians  have been played  and how our hard earned tax dollars..  have been abused for all these years.

Dan Veniez.... has refused to respond to the 'clear evidence of such'  showing a very different public face to the hapless voters of B.C.  he's asking to represent.  

I will be continuing the entire correspondence - including his sudden attacks on my character - and what he now calls - a long ago RESOLVED incident - that everyone let go of - 30 years ago.  

30 years ago - a Liberal MNA in the Parliament of Quebec (can't remember his name) said:  If this language law is enacted - it will mean the insane are running the asylum.  And he resigned when it was.  Along with Clifford Lincoln etc..  Other champions for equality..

We,  have had the unfortunate luck  of living 30 years and counting... in that asylum.  It's time we release ourselves and demand nothing less than proven - before elected - competent and sane leadership - before we entrust with them with one more penny. No?

Posted by Hugo Shebbeare on 6 March 2011

Almost exactly what I lived through:

Ridding workplaces of hostility toward minorities


No one should have to work in an environment where fellow employees malign people on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion or language. To be a highly visible minority in such a hostile workplace would be disheartening at best, soul-destroying at worst.

The only two black employees at the Montreal office of the Public Service Alliance of Canada say they work in just such a place. The two men told The Gazette they were sent hate mail last month, telling them to "Speak black, it's better." They said their fellow employees criticized anglophones, blacks and Arabs, as well as employment-equity programs.

The PSAC needs to get to the bottom of this very serious complaint as quickly and as openly as possible. The PSAC is one of the country's largest unions, representing more than 172,000 federal-government workers. It states on its website that it has been "at the front of a variety of significant and successful campaigns for workplace and human rights."

If the two Montreal workers' complaints are verified, the union has another significant campaign to wage: ridding its workplace of hostility toward visible-minority workers. That has to be made a top priority.

The idea that in 2011 in Canada, workers feel free to call fellow employees Arab "dogs" or to complain about jobs being "given" to blacks is shocking. Has the Montreal PSAC office been left to languish in some kind of time capsule? According to the two workers (who are francophone), some of their Frenchspeaking colleagues refer to anglophones as "têtes carrées" and complain about having to follow orders from them.

Given the time-warp problem, it comes as no surprise to learn that these hostilities first broke out after a film from 1980, by nationalist filmmakers Pierre Falardeau and Julien Poulin, was shown at a PSAC officers' conference in 2009. The film, called Speak White, is a series of images of exploited people from around the world at various times, and is based on a 1968 poem of the same name. The plight of francophones in Canada is compared to that of blacks in the U.S. in the days of segregation.

A number of viewers were unfamiliar with the decades-old poem and the film and did not understand French. With no context to orient them, several visible-minority employees were disturbed by they believed were deliberately racist images.

This entirely avoidable misunderstanding is part and parcel of what Quebec sociologist Gérard Bouchard has rightly identified as Quebec's unfinished business with minority accommodation.

Unfortunately, this particular case goes beyond mere insensitivity. Hostile work environments require strong measures, including firings and fines. If that's what is needed to pull the recalcitrant members of the PSAC into the new age of equal rights, that's what should be done.

© Copyright (c) The Montreal Gazette

Read more: www.montrealgazette.com/.../story.html

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