Babara Kay Strikes Back To the Future

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I’m sorry to go after her again, but I’m lazy and it’s just too easy.

Everybody’s favourite National Post columnist Barbara Kay is all exited about a new film she just discovered called “L’illusion Tranquille” by Joanne Marcotte.  The movie is nearly two years old but Barbara just heard about it, presumably because of the dubbed version that just came out.

L’Illusion Tranquille is documentary about what Québec’s Right considers the failure of the Québec Model.

The Québec Model is a one-size-fits-all of a concept used to describe all that is supposedly different about Québec’s economics, things like cheap tuition, cheap electricity, government intervention, one of the biggest cooperative sectors of the free market economies, high income taxes and low corporate taxes.

Everything that makes Québec either the shinning beacon of progressive capitalism or a stray Soviet republic, depending on where you stand.

We all know where the National Post and Barbara Kay stand:

“See [L’Illusion Tranquille] to be informed, but if for no other reason, see it to penetrate the wall of silence used by the mainstream francophone media to shield their audiences against criticism of the “sacrosanct” Quebec Model.  The wall of silence ensured that press reaction to the French-language version of the film was, predictably, to shoot the messenger rather than acknowledge the message.”

See, this is what you get when you hire someone as uninformed about the society she lives in as Barbara Kay to write commentary about Québec.

L’Illusion Tranquille actually received an unprecedented amount of coverage in the Québec media considering it was small budget film made by a pair with no film-making experience.  Just about every political commentator in the province wrote about or discussed the movie.

Canal D, a very popular cable channel, bought the right to air it 15 times.

This is an astonishing response for what turned out to be an uneven movie that even the people featured in it refused to endorse. The more enthusiastic called it a healthy Micheal Moore-style exercise in shit-stirring.  The others dismissed it as a Micheal Moore-style exercise in shit-stirring…

L’Illusion Tranquille was first screened in November 2006.  Four months later, the conservative Action Démocratique du Québec and Mario Dumont became the official opposition in Québec’s National Assembly on a pledge to overhaul the “Québec Model”.  In front of them sat the Premier, Jean Charest, twice elected on a promise to re-engineer the “Québec model”.

In June 2007, six months after the movie came out, the film’s director, Joanne Marcotte, was named by the Premier to a government commission presided by former health minister Claude Castonguay on health care financing in Québec.

In six months Joanne Marcotte went from complete nobody to government consultant on the provincial government’s biggest budget expenditure, health care.

They sure shut her up!

This is the bizarre upside down world of Barbara Kay: a world where marching for peace is an act of terrorism and where speaking French in Québec is an adventure.

What really bothers Barbara Kay about Québec is not the wall of silence, but precisely the absence of this wall.  Barbara Kay has a problem with the fact that there is actually a relatively healthy debate on the issues in Québec and that people don’t automatically buy the Right’s Miracle Magic solutions to all that’s wrong in the world.

She has a problem with the fact that people in Québec ask the Right annoying questions like: Why are we in Afghanistan?  What good will come of sending 14 year old children to jail when Québec already has the lowest crime rate in Canada?  How exactly is the sad parody of capitalism currently collapsing all around us better than the Québec Model?

Or questions like: Am I wrong or is your latest column not just a rewrite of a 2007 column by Henry Aubin?

Written by angryfrenchguy

October 25, 2008 at 11:44 pm

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  1. Darn! I can’t find the bloody link, but I remember reading a study which showed that racist crimes committed in Quebec were more often reported in Ontario’s newspapers than similar crimes happening in Ontario itself : even though such crimes happen much more frequently in Ontario on a per capita basis.

    In the Thomas thread, I argue that the ROC entertains a paradigm in which Quebec takes the role of Canada’s evil twin brother. -Quebec is made to be everything Canada doesn’t want to think it is, and thus serves to comfort Canadians in their sense of morality.

    The kind of constant scrutiny and ad nauseam criticism that is constantly showered on us, and the fact that no amount of reality checks will make Quebec detractors ever change their minds about what they “know” to be our true dark nature, is only proof of that.


    November 12, 2008 at 7:41 pm

  2. Still waiting for the answer to the fundamental question which is:

    Why is it that, for the English-language media in Canada, the situation of non-existent, hypothetical Muslims in Hérouxville, Quebec has seemingly been of far greater concern than that of the thousands of real Afro-Caribbean young men in Toronto, or of the thousands of aboriginals living in Canada’s Prairie provinces?


    November 12, 2008 at 9:32 pm

  3. “But I must give you this, ABP. I’ve heard a lot of English Canadians complain about Quebec and the fact that we’re supposedly a bunch of lazy welfare-addicted morons, but for some reason they still seem attached to Canada’s national unity. At least you’re consistent: if we suck so much and we’re so inferior to you in every possible way, it makes sense that you’d want to get rid of us. (But I don’t think Quebecers are actually inferior — or indeed that different — from other Canadians, so there’s another misconception that you at least hold.)”

    Whatever, you can make your own assumptions. But, as you have indicated in this post that you are so hard done by that you would stay in the confederation…Why not leave and be free of the oppressive english influence…of course we dont have language and sign laws anywhere else in Canada but in your province of Quebec. I think that pretty well says it all.with regards to bigotry as you have referenced..of course you will rebute this as just another angryphone without relevance to actual reality.

    On productivity and contributions to the economy..dont bore me with details.

    I posted this before. but then again you can refute this to be the english canadian media bashing quebec but not truths. Is reporting truth slander? I am sure you can get a government grant (paide for by the ROC) to lodge a complaint agains Macleans for reporting false information about Quebec.

    If the shoe fits.


    November 12, 2008 at 11:28 pm

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