MPs in the House of Commons today passed a resolution denouncing Globe & Mail reporter Jan Wong’s September 16 article “Get under the desk”.
Wong linked the actions of Marc Lépine, of École Polytechnique infamy, Concordia University shooter Valery Fabrikant, and Kimveer Gill, the gunman at Dawson College, with Québec’s protective language laws, such as Bills 22 and 101, or – as she put it – the “decades-long linguistic struggle”. She drew a connection between the murderers, and their crimes, with the fact that the three were not “pur laine” (pure wool), a colloquialism meaning full descendants of early, white, French settlers.
Premier Jean Charest, in an open letter to the Globe – reprinted across Québec (including here in the Montréal Gazette) – demanded Wong apologize to all Québecers, adding that the article was a testimony of Wong’s ignorance of Canadian values and demonstrated a profound incomprehension of Québec society. The nationalist Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society has lodged a complaint to the province’s Press Council.
Way to go, Jan! You have sent a pox on the Globe & Mail, its Toronto home (easy enough pickings for les Montréalais), and – by extension – English-speaking Canadians everywhere else.