To Be or Not to Be Nous? The Barbara Kay Problem.

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Barbara Kay

Exactly 50% of participants to the AngryFrenchPoll on Québec identity have said that they consider National Post columnist Barabara Kay to be a Québécoise. The other half don’t.

Not surprisingly, Francos and Anglos don’t see things the same way. 64% of Anglos think she is a Québécoise, while only 22% of Francophones think so.

Quebecers discovered the previously unsuspected existence of Ms. Kay in the summer of 2006 when she published a column called “The Rise of Quebecistan” in which she essentially suggested that an independent Québec would be a haven for terrorists because sovereingnist leadership took part in a peace march for Lebanon. “Think about what this would mean if Quebec ever were to become independent, detached from the leadership of politicians who know the difference between a democracy and a gang of fanatical exterminationists.”

The article also informed us that “all Jews are federalists”. Salomon Cohen, Paul Unterberg, Henry Milner, David Levine and Armand Elbaz apparently are not Jewish.

Graph Barabara Kay

The results of the poll are expected to hurt and trouble Ms. Kay who has lived in Québec most of her life and has always strived to be an active and dynamic part of her community.

In a 2005 column she recalled how she and her husband had bought land in the Laurentians north of Montreal where she planned to build a “habitant-style pre-fab”. Now this proud Québécoise even went so far as to, get this, hire some French-speaking help to build the house! The contractor in question’s English was rudimentary but that did not stop this wild and crazy gal who hired him nonetheless. “I function pretty well in French, so I saw it as an adventure.”

Written by angryfrenchguy

March 31, 2008 at 9:39 am

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  1. Let’s not forget her son Jonathan Kay who blamed bill 101 and separatistes for the expos departure from montreal.

    Another frustrated anglophone born and raised in Montreal now living in “separatiste-free” Toronto for who “C’est toujours la faute aux séparatistes”.

    quebecois separatiste

    March 31, 2008 at 1:25 pm

  2. Barabara or Barbara? First write what her actual name is, please.


    March 31, 2008 at 4:07 pm

  3. salut c est mon premier post ici, je viens de te découvrir.
    Tres plaisant comme blog, j’imagine que tu dois avoir de la patience pour répondre à tous ces gens!
    Je comprends ta démarche en voulant créer un blog en anglais sur le Québec, c’est vrai que de ce qui ressort sur le net en anglais est souvent biaisé vu que çe n’est presque jamais écrit par des québécois.
    allez bonne chance, or good luck, ciao.


    April 4, 2008 at 8:50 pm

  4. As a Québécois I have the right to use the word “NOUS” as we wish! Stupid racist anglo journalist from Hogtown. The declaration of United State Independance starts with: “We the people……” “Nous le peuple”. I forgot. Barbara probably thinks that only anglos are people. That’s the sad truth.

    Marc Authier

    April 11, 2008 at 6:18 am

  5. I never heard of Barabara Kay and don’t read the Nazi Post. I’m half French Canadian and half English Canadian, born in Montreal and never lived anywhere else. I speak fluent French — even that ghastly Quebecois brand — but have always been told I’m “un anglais” (pause for education: an “anglais” is a citizen of England. Doh!). I live in the east end where I speak French every day, and my partner is Quebecois. But you know what? I’m glad the Quebecois don’t consider me one of them. Why would anyone want to be part of this backwoods, narrow-minded, spiteful xenophobes who speak an incomprehensible dialect in ugly, whiny, nasal tones they actually call French? Ugh! I’m a Montrealer, and a Canadian. That’s my identity. You’re right, it does feel good to rant online. Thank you, angryfrenchguy. Fedupmontrealer

    fed-up montrealer

    April 19, 2008 at 9:34 am

  6. Don’t you all have more important things to argue about than domain names. More Quebecois paranoia from what I am reading on this site.

    The Quebecois should worry note about the language (which is I agree dominant in Quebec-no issues on this) but on their failing economy.

    9th worst investment climate in Canada

    192 billion in debt (sorry only about 122 for the people but the crown corps bring it to 192B)

    54th worst GDP per capita in North American states and provinces.

    The rest of Canada should worry about:

    The OLA and the official bilingualism act which has cost Canada serveral hundreds of billions of dollars since 1969 and has been a total failure and waste of taxpayers dollars which could have been spent on other initiatives of higher importance.

    The fact that Quebec is about 24% of population and receives 60% of equalization. Hmm..we dont have 7.00 per day child care in the West nor 1700.00 university tuition.. Wonder who is paying the bill.

    The disriminatory effects in Canada with the OLA and preferential hiring policies. Maybe Galganov is right in his statements.

    The fact that Quebec gets all its taxes back in transfer payments and Equalization and several billions of dollars over and above.


    Canada is not a bilingual country and never will be. Recent statistics illustrate that francos in the ROC have declined 25% in the last five years.

    Quebec should separate as per Reed Scowens book…” A time to say good by”. I hope I live long enough to see it as it would be the best thing for our country. The continued blackmail regarding the issue has gone on far too long.



    April 19, 2008 at 7:42 pm

  7. […] a world where marching for peace is an act of terrorism and where speaking French in Québec is an adventure. “No Québécois is exempt from ex-communication for apostasy. Even the once-sainted former […]

  8. ABP:
    > The OLA and the official bilingualism …

    bla, bla, bla, myth, irrelevant statistic, conclusion

    One day, I’ll explain how official language legislation works and what its purpose is (see Canada, Switzerland, Finland etc for more info), but for now let me just give you a fun counter example. How democratic would Canada be if government forms, government correspondence and all ministers speeches were only in Bulgarian?

    Marc Authier
    > As a Québécois I have the right to use the word
    > “NOUS” as we wish!

    As a Quebecois, you certainly have that right. Free speech is a two-way street. I have the right to call you an “ass hat”. You have the right to…. Well, you see where this is going? In case you don’t, it’s going nowhere. Oh and “We the people” was supposed to mean ALL the people. It took about 280 years to figure that out, but it’s pretty undebatable now. Say “NOUS” as much as you like. I think I’ll reserve the “ass hat” epithet for Ms. Kay.

    For those of you who say Babs K is not a Quebecer, let me say this:
    Ok, our society is never going to be perfect by whatever ruler we use to measure it whether that be low-crime, everyone speaking French, everyone being a sovereigntist, everyone drinking lemonade on Tuesdays…. But either all Quebecers are Quebecers or there’s no such thing as a Quebecer. Either all members of set A are members of set A or there is no defined set A. Either an orange is an orange or it’s a fucking apple (in which case it’s not an orange).


    February 25, 2009 at 10:46 am

  9. this is really stupid u people have no lives !


    March 22, 2009 at 11:30 am

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