Reply by QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers to Mathieu Bock-Côté’s column La trahison published in Le Journal de Montréal on July 6, 2019.
Mathieu Bock-Côté’s column on the recent entente between the Francophones of Ontario and New Brunswick and the English-speaking community of Quebec perfectly illustrates why many members of our community do not always feel welcome in their home province. The contempt with which he refers to our contribution to the social, economic, political and cultural success that is Quebec in the 21st century borders on race hatred.
As is frequently observed, many English-speaking Quebecers have the tools and resources to move elsewhere and prosper. Most of us have stayed here or come here not because we had to, but because Quebec is our home. We are committed Quebecers not some toxic foreign influence to be mocked and scorned. Bock-Côté’s insulting and demeaning treatment of our efforts to support and defend the French fact in the rest of Canada in effect means that he rejects the notion that we are native Quebecers and seeks to poison constructive dialogue between language groups.