Sooky Rottweiler by Cynthia

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  1. pierreandnicole

    pierreandnicole said, almost 4 years ago

    Enjoyed today’s comic. My, but I must polish up on my French.

  2. Cynthia

    Cynthia GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    You know a news story is blown out of proportion and just plain stupid when they ad the suffix -gate to it. About two weeks ago, the pastagate was all over english canadian newspapers.

    Quebec has a law that says all public signs should be mostly in French. It is the bane of english canadians! Some of them have (exaggeratedly) compared it to nazi laws.

    Since for every moron there’s an idiot to argue with him, there is a very insecure, very paranoid and very racist fringe of french-canadians all in arms over the fact that, like most major western cities in this day and age, Montreal is becoming more and more multiethnic. Some see that as bascically an invasion. Whatever you do, don’t try to make them understand that while most immigrants not of a white, french and catholic background live on the island of Montreal, “pure laine” quebeckers deliberately leave their “métropole” for the suburbs, they’ll tell you they are being pushed out!

    Anyway, a few weeks ago, an italian restaurant owner got a visit from the agency responsible for the sign laws and got fined because it was not in french, it contained the word “pasta”, in italian!

    Most people, including me, who prides myself in being a french-canadian nationalist, would have dismissed that as the stupid gesture of a zealot and not representative of all french canadians, not even of all the separatists. But it made the front page of english-language newspapers for over a week.

    Urban legend has it that if you squint your eyes while looking at the canadian flag, you can see the faces of two men fighting. Tradition called them Jacques and Jack. Those two fringes do exist. In real life, textbook examples of them are Don Cherry (hockey commentator who never loses an occasion to sound like he’s a pro-Bush republican on a mission to “man-up” Canada) and Jacques Parizeau (leader of the “oui” side of the 1995 referendum who infamously blamed his side’s very slim defeat on money and ethnic votes).

    Both sides are wrong, but strangely similar. They both have a very simplistic vision of the country, divided between red (white, anglo-saxon and protestant) Canada and blue (french, white and catholic) Quebec while ignoring the many shades of purple in between: immigrants, acadians, franco-ontarians and the first nations.

    Both sides see multiculturalism (a reality the World envies us!)as an evil plan cooked up by Trudeau to either assimilate french canadians into an english North America or enslave the rest of Canada to Quebec’s will.

    Smarten up, Jack and Jacques! This country was multicultural before any white person knew it existed!

  3. Ryan (Say what now‽)

    Ryan (Say what now‽) GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Quebec is one of the most beautiful places on this planet. Unfortunalely, I only speak english and I feel I would have some difficulty there (except maybe Montreal).

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