Sunday, February 15, 2009

Re-enactment Cancelled

The celebrations that have been announced were not something that showed respect for our ancestors. ''

``If it had been the Quebec state that had decided to organize this event with respect and seriousness, we would not have had any problem with that. But because it's the federal government that's involved, it's disrespectful.''

Patrick Bourgeois

So Patrick Bourgeois is proud of himself. He's proud that is fringe group the Réseau de résistance du Québécois, forced the National Battlefields Commission to re-think and then cancel their plans to stage a re-enactment of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. This reenactment was to be part of the 400th anniversary celebrations of the founding of Quebec City, also it would mark the 250th anniversary of the Battle.

Of course the sovereignist claim that such an re-enactment would be an insult to their ancestors and a reminder that they, the Quebec people, "lost" the battle and thus fell under the oppression of the English.

Yes and we all know how oppressed the Quebec have been under Canada.

Let's do some comparison of oppression shall we?

The Holocaust was sort of an act of oppression against the Jews of Europe.

The Tutsis were kind of oppressed by the Hutus during the Rwanda Genocide.

Shall I continue? I thought not.

But for some reason, a re-enactment of a famous battle in Quebec is considered an insult. For some reason, there are battle re-enactments take place all over the place, including places like Gettysburg. From what I understand, no one suggests the battle re-enactment is an insult against Southerners. Yet in Quebec, such an act, which causes us to remember and honour those who fought, is an insult.

Patrick goes on and says that until the re-enactment is sponsored by the Quebec State, it will continue to be an insult. How so Patrick, would the Sovereign Quebec State decide that the Army of the Marquis de Montcalm actually won the battle and later the war?

Of course it sounds like M. Bourgeois was planning a little re-enactment of his own:

"We were not going to be violent," he said. "But we planned to do whatever civil disobedience was necessary." In a written statement on his website, Bourgeois warned any tourist who visited Quebec City for the re-enactment that "they would not forget their visit for a very long time." Bourgeois said he didn't know for sure how many activists are in his group.

Sure, nothing like a little violence. Let's face it, it wouldn't have taken long for civil disobedience to degenerate into violence.

I just want to close by saying to M. Bourgeois, and others such as M. Duceppe,

"Get over yourselves"

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