Pauline Marois And The English And Ethnic Voter / The North Wind And The Sun


Pauline Marois and the Parti Québécois could take a lesson and learn something from Aesop about the power of gentleness, because their way is not working

Pauline Marois and the Parti Québécois could take a lesson and learn something from Aesop about the power of gentleness, because their way is not working

Perhaps Madame Marois is suffering the effects of old age and I do not mean arthritic pain, but I do mean senility, or Alzheimer’s.  As she plods full steam ahead with her agenda in an almost childish manner grinning for the television camera’s and trying to downplay the “Pasta” incident I am torn between feeling sorry for a senior citizen who is reverting back to the old glory days even though the time for this campaign has passed them by and their dreams of real glory will never be realised and being repulsed by an old wind bag who still tries to hold on to the past, refusing to go forward, beating the drum to causes that no longer exists in a selfish attempt to convince herself that she is doing something good for her country and countrymen.  Madam Marois reminds me of  what the  gentry did in the old south in USA when they tried to preserve the right to keep slavery.  They too were trying to preserve a way of life that they thought was their right, was important to their economical survival, but we all know how wrong they were, don’t we?

I think that this old-timer, this throw back to another time, is not in as much control of the more radical elements of her party as everyone thinks that she is and let us say that this old cow is feeling is feeling the sting of the cattle prod as she is pushed not out to the proverbial political pasture, but up its slaughter-house ramp.  I look at Pauline Marois as I would the suicide bomber, not really wanting to die, not sure if her sacrifice will do any good, but knowing that it is too late to turn back now and so she closes her and pushes the button, hoping history will reward her by recanting  her story as that of a hero, instead of a fool and a hypocrite.  After all she has dedicated her whole life to a cause that has somehow dared to right itself without her and left her fighting a word game and the indignity of making sure French is bigger than English on signs.  Pauline Marois has her supporters, but they are few, because they find her either too soft, or too hard and so they seek to unseat her and she can trust no one.  Now in her golden years, she must at least in private ask herself the question what has it all been about, or why could my people not see I did it all for them?

I think that she is emboldened by the fact that whenever the Liberal Party either provincial or federal find themselves without a leader they will not use their votes either in the national Assembly, or the House of Commons to bring down a government, no mater how harmful to the people of  Canada or the province they are supposed to be representing the governing party’s policies are.  I think we saw evidence of that very fact as they made sure enough members were not their on the budget vote so that it looked like they voted no, but just got overruled by the separatist  majority. This tactic of counting on the liberal party not to do its job may work for a little while, but it is not just the English-speaking people of Quebec who are getting tired of the language crap, it is every person, with the exception of the minority of separatists in Quebec, who are jus plain fed up of fighting over language.  What we are having in Quebec is a failure to communicate and not in the way the Party Québécois talks about.  My children speak French and most people living in Quebec under 60 speak French, but that has not made us separatist, nor will it ever and really that is the only goal of Pauline Marois and her Parti Québécois.  We are now just English Quebecers who have been forced for too long to do things we might not have wanted to do, but are now armed in French and can no longer be denied services and jobs that require French language competence.  We say thank you for teaching us French and no thank you to  sovereignty still, but now we can say it in both official languages of Canada.  Marois and her political party needed to make the English-speaking people of this province friends and think of her and her political party as trust worthy, but alas they chose to be ignorant instead and their repeated failure to coerce the English-speaking population to vote their way has proved that their approach will not get the small percentage of other votes that they require to win a referendum.

I remember being told a story about the north wind and the sun and it reminded me of the methods being used by the separatists of Quebec, who are trying to get the English-speaking citizens of the province and the ethnic communities to speak French and ultimately vote in favor of separating from Canada in a referendum and it goes like this:

The North Wind and The Sun

The North Wind boasted of great strength. The Sun argued that there was great power in gentleness.

“We shall have a contest,” said the Sun.

Far below, a man traveled a winding road. He was wearing a warm winter coat.

“As a test of strength,” said the Sun, “Let us see which of us can take the coat off of that man.”

“It will be quite simple for me to force him to remove his coat,” bragged the Wind.

The Wind blew so hard, the birds clung to the trees. The world was filled with dust and leaves. But the harder the wind blew down the road, the tighter the shivering man clung to his coat.

Then, the Sun came out from behind a cloud. Sun warmed the air and the frosty ground. The man on the road unbuttoned his coat.

The sun grew slowly brighter and brighter.

Soon the man felt so hot, he took off his coat and sat down in a shady spot.

“How did you do that?” said the Wind.

“It was easy,” said the Sun, “I lit the day. Through gentleness I got my way.”

I think that Pauline Marois and the Parti Québécois could take a lesson and learn something from Aesop about the power of gentleness, because their way is not working and it would seem that the harder they push the greater the resistance grows and the more determined we English and ethnic Quebecers are to see that their hopes and aspirations of an independent country called Quebec never happens.  Just because you increase the number of French speaking persons in Quebec does not mean that they will forget how you got them to do it and some how agree to separation.

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