Canadian Flag and Quebec Flag are seen over looking the Ottawa River from the Civilization Museum behind Parliament Hill in Gatineau, QC.
Credits: ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY
They would have seen their anger reflected in Quebecers' reactions to an upcoming broadcast of a new documentary that deals with anti-Quebec sentiment and the desire of English-Canadians to separate, called Les Etats Desunis du Canada (The Disunited States of Canada).
The documentary will premiere next Sunday, but the trailer has already had 130,000 hits on YouTube and its producer had a great interview on the most popular show on French CBC last Sunday night, Tout le monde en parle.
So, while people in the ROC (Rest of Canada) feel disrespected by Quebec separatists crushing the maple leaf, others in La Belle Province are "humiliated" by another round of so-called Quebec bashing. Or isn't it simply the latest episode of what Hugh MacLennan called the "two solitudes?"
There is a difference, however, between the two outrages.
The anti-Canadian flag campaign in Quebec this time is being run by no less than the Parti Quebecois government itself. You could answer that the federal government subsidized the documentary, but if it had been up to Stephen Harper to decide, the movie would never have gotten your tax dollars.
On the other hand, Pauline Marois' team has tried to banish the red flag from the legislature. First, more than a month ago, the PQ's whip, Yves-Francois Blanchet, sent a letter to the president of the National Assembly to ask him to remove the undesirable "red rag," as former PQ leader Bernard Landry would have called it.
Unsuccessful, the minority government then tabled a motion which was defeated last Tuesday. The same day, Marois promoted Blanchet as her environment minister.
But not one single Quebec politician came out to denounce and distance him or herself from the radical separatists, who treated the flag as a piece of garbage.
And honestly, they didn't need to because none of us did our job in the French media to properly report the incident. I guess giving the mic to a few weirdos out West calling Quebecers crybabies or "vermin" attracts bigger audiences in Quebec.
It always seems easier to play the victim or feel the hatred of our neighbours than admitting our own mistakes or condemning our loved ones.
And, unfortunately, this exacerbation of tensions between Quebec and the ROC is not on the verge of ending.
The PQ will do everything it can to polarize anglophones in a bid to boost its 31% support among voters.
Instead of bringing Quebec's economy back on track so we could stop depending on Alberta's money and end the frustration of westerners, the PQ will keep trying to create flag wars or, even better, open up a linguistic crisis by tabling a new Bill 101 as it just did Wednesday.
I don't know if we are on the verge of a new constitutional existential crisis, but we certainly cannot blame the separatist movement for not trying to start one by poking and provoking you.