It seems to mirror the Islam/Anglosphere confrontation in some respects.
The latest in the great Canuckistan wars is the publishing of a book that is being used in grade schools to promote Quebec sovereignty:
On Wednesday, the Council for Quebec Sovereignty -- a group initially formed with grant money from the Parti Quebecois (PQ) -- launched a pro-sovereignty textbook designed to help teachers indoctrinate Quebec students against federalism.
Happily, the book is so extreme and blatant in its efforts to propagandize (one proposed music exercise includes a song called Canada Is Not My Country, and one illustration shows a Quebec flag flying above a Canadian flag that has been torn in two) that both the PQ and the CSQ (Quebec's largest teachers' union) have said that they do not want to see it used in classrooms.
PQ leader Andre Boisclair quite rightly declared of the schoolbook: "This work cannot and must not be considered pedagogical material intended for children," while CSQ union president Rejean Parent insisted member teachers would not take part in such a "brainwashing operation."
It is nonetheless disturbing that the council itself is so firmly committed to pushing such propaganda on Quebec students, and that the book's publisher is hopeful enough about demand for the agitprop, titled Parlons de souverainte a l'ecole ("Let's Talk About Sovereignty at School"), that it is printing 11,000 copies.
The council and the book's publisher, Les Intouchables, have every right to produce their advertisement for separation. That right does not explain, however, why two levels of government appear to have used taxpayer money to fund the pro-sovereignty exercise: At the beginning of Let's Talk About Sovereignty, Les Intouchables thanks both the Canadian Arts Council and Ottawa's Book Publishing Industry Development Program for their support of the company.
Books are generally subjective works about which reasonable people can disagree (a common problem with government arts funding), but in this case, there is simply no excuse: Ottawa should not be funding a book that asks kids to calculate how many more novels they could buy at $15 each if they got rid of the pesky and pricey governor-general, whom they claim costs the residents of Quebec $9.4-million annually. We can think of no greater insult to add to the injury of the textbook's publication than Canadians' having footed part of the bill.
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