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'Francophobia' on the rise: Quebec nationalists

The Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society of Montreal launched a petition December 12, 2013, to denounce the 'Francophobia' trend they consider disturbing and growing in English Canada and Quebec.

Credits: EMMANUEL DELACOUR/24 HEURES/AGENCE QMI

GIUSEPPE VALIANTE | QMI AGENCY

MONTREAL – The Montreal chapter of the Quebec nationalist group, the Saint-Jean-Baptiste society, claims that there is a growing anti-Quebec strain among media organizations in Canada and on social networking websites.

The group released a report last week listing instances where it claims francophone Quebecers are “demonized, stigmatized, and denigrated” by anglophone Canadians.

The society, whose mission is to ensure that the French language remains predominant in Quebec, calls this phenomenon “francophobia.”

President Mario Beaulieu told QMI Agency on Sunday that only a “minority” of the English-language population in and outside Quebec hold ardent anti-Quebec views.

However, he said, examples of “francophobia are becoming so prevalent that we have to act.”

The report, entitled United Against Francophobia, received the support of prominent Quebecers including former premier Bernard Landry.

The 26-page document reads mostly as a cherry-picked list of quotes from anglophones that are highly critical of the Parti Quebecois’ policies such as separation, language and the secularism charter.

The most extreme examples cited in the report come from the comment sections of Canadian media websites or from Facebook posts, some which portrayed Quebec Premier Pauline Marois with a Hitler moustache.

While most of the examples are current, one francophobia quote was plucked from a 1989 Peter Stockland piece in the Toronto Sun where he reportedly wrote “to hear people talk about Quebec culture would give

Herman Goering the desire to brandish his revolver.”

Beaulieu said that he plans to tour the province and hold conferences on the issue of francophobia.

He said he’d also like to tour English Canada.

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