Thursday, July 27, 2006

New poll on federal politics (and Quebec).

According to the latest polls, the major Canadian federal parties are running pretty much where they were at the time of the last election. I sincerely doubt that anyone will take this as a sign that they'd better try to make this minority thing work -- and, indeed, get used to the idea of not having majorities with which to govern autocratically. I note, though, the gratuitous swipe at Quebeckers in the last paragraph. While trying to explain why Stevie might have lost ground in Quebec over his asinine stand on the Israel/Lebanon conflict, this article says:
Quebecers [sic] traditionally tend to be more pacifist than Canadians elsewhere.
I call bullshit. The issue isn't that Quebeckers are "more pacifist"; the issue is that there are more Muslims and more Lebanese in Quebec than other provinces. Of course they'll be pissed off at the Cons when their leader says that Israelis are "measured" when they're killing Lebanese civilians. (Indeed, the real question is why aren't people in the rest of the country just as pissed off.)

But, why call Quebeckers "pacifist" anyway? It's quite an odd word to use. One could have said that Quebeckers tend to be more suspicious of wars, or that Quebeckers have a healthier level of skepticism when it comes to military matters -- in short, things could've been phrased in a more neutral or even more positive manner for Quebec. But, instead, they're called "pacifists" -- which, if I recall the run-up to the Iraq mess correctly, has become a bit of a slur (like "liberal") in some circles. Is this just Quebec-bashing? Or am I reading too much into an awkward sentence?

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