PM should talk to PQ’s ungrateful and hateful

You may never have heard the term ethnocide before.

You know the words homicide, suicide and genocide.

So you know ethnocide can’t be anything positive, and it’s not.

A separatist group in Quebec, funded in part by the province’s governing party, has authored a report accusing you, me and everyone else who supports Canada of trying to wipe out Quebecois culture in this country; ethnocide — murdering Quebecois language, culture and economic opportunity.

Is this group unaware of the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on bilingualism, biculturalism, French immersion programs, French CBC in parts of the country where you might think there are more francophones working at the local CBC stations than there are francophone viewers and listeners in the audience?

Then there’s the nearly $10 billion a year Quebec receives from the rest of Canada in equalization payments. It’s supposed to ensure Quebec’s social safety net is up to the standards of the rest of the country. Of course it results in Quebec having a superior safety net.

Half of the money comes from Alberta.

But if you are waiting in line for almost any surgery in this country, you won’t wait as long in Quebec as you will in Alberta.

If you’re looking for daycare in Quebec, you can get it for $7 a day.

You’d be lucky to get that for 300% higher in many other parts of the country.

Medical care provided to your home, so-called home care — there is plenty of it in Quebec.

I know because my dad has Alzheimer’s and he receives the kind of home care he couldn’t possibly get anywhere else in Canada.

Anywhere else he’d have to be institutionalized. So I am grateful to the people of Alberta, Saskatchewan, B.C. and Newfoundland — our have provinces — for the care my father receives and for the fact he is able to share his final days with my mother under the same roof. You can bet the ranch I am thankful.

Gratitude is not a virtue you will find in the heart of a Quebec separatist. They are not grateful for Canadian compassion and generosity.

They are, to put it mildly, ungrateful.

My parents and I will never stop being grateful to the country that allowed us to live our lives far away from Stalin’s tanks and guns and brainwashing.

In the good old days when my father was more lucid, he would listen to his son on the radio expressing his points of view with spontaneity and passion, especially when it came to how he felt about our promised land, Canada.

It’s one thing for a talk show host and his audience to push back on the separatist hate.

But wouldn’t it be invigorating if, just once, a prime minister were to talk back to the ungrateful and hateful?

Let’s strongly encourage Prime Minister Harper to respond to the so-called report point by point by point.

It’s not about defeating separatism with one rational argument. It’s about defending the good and decent people of this country who are being libelled.

Our people are entitled to a robust defence of who we are and what we’re made of.

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