Parti Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois and Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe have worked themselves into quite a lather over French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s remarks about Canadian unity. A pox on both their houses.
These smalltime politicians have puffed themselves up and have sent a letter challenging President Sarkozy’s remarks that the sovereignty movement is inward-looking and based in sectarianism.
The French president said:
Those who do not understand that, I don't think they have understood the message of the Francophonie, the universal values we hold in Quebec as in France—the rejection of bigotry, the rejection of division, the rejection of self-confinement, the refusal to define one’s identity through fierce opposition to another.
Fair comment, I’d say.
The separatist leaders bleat and bray in response. What a bunch of petty whiners.