In more charming news from Québec--the NATO headquarters of Designer Oppression--we learn that popular author Victor-Levy Beaulieu has called Her Excellency Michaëlle Jean a "nigger queen" ("une reine nègre"). Beaulieu hurled this rather constitutionally confused abuse as a way of scolding the Governor-General for being a traitor to her province (and, of course, to her "nation" as well, thanks to that infamously stupid Parliamentary motion) in her capacity as vice-regal representative of the Queen, the most perfidious symbol of les maudits anglais.
Of course, absent the crude racist invective, this spasm of petulance would hardly be news, as dogmatic Québec provincialists have been denouncing pro-Canada Québecers as race traitors ever since Benedict Arnold's failed invasion of the province in 1775. It is just one of the many depressing facets of life in a province which, despite its past glories and latent greatness, has spent the last three decades demoting itself to an angry, bitter, self-cannibalising backwater.
In a bizarre attempt to take the edge off the nastiness of his outburst, Beaulieu provides some awkward comic relief by declaring that Ottawa is "using Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean to "forcefully integrate" the province into the Canadian ensemble" (the joke here being that, of course, Québec voluntarily integrated itself into the Canadian ensemble in 1867).
Strangely, Beaulieu asserts that the office of Governor-General is offensive because "it forever reminds us of the presence of British colonization from the time they were the colonizers", but he voices not the slightest disapproval of that entity which reminds us all of French colonization from the time when the French were the colonizers--the province of Québec.
Gosh...I suppose some colonial vestiges are better than others. Between the two just mentioned, I wonder which one is more offensive to Québec's Native peoples (who comprise the province's only real nation)...