While a snowstorm barrelled through Montreal earlier this month, 300 cars were stranded on a major highway. Some people spent the entire night in their cars, running out of gas, with no help in sight. This chaos that ensued is being called a political scandal, and as Andrew Potter, the Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada wrote this week, the incident revealed the “essential malaise eating away at the foundations of Quebec society.”
Potter’s commentary on Quebec’s “mass breakdown in social order” garnered some less-than-pleased reactions from readers. Some even labelled the piece “fake news.” In the meantime, Potter corrected some aspects of his piece (read his note here.) Here’s what you had to say:
Uh oh. Something tells me M. Potter’s going to be the subject of a unanimous resolution of the National Assembly… https://t.co/wEzhG09l7I
— Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) March 20, 2017
Beware of any article that makes sweeping generalizations without citing any evidence to back up its conclusions https://t.co/TAKKkNeZMo
— Steve Faguy (@fagstein) March 21, 2017
Potter’s piece is a study in how apparently, white dudes can write total bullshit and not fear that they’ll not be taken seriously.
— Nora Loreto (@NoLore) March 21, 2017
So, a bad traffic jam exposed how Quebecers are all selfish nihilists? https://t.co/GrTMJQkgD0
— ishmael n. daro (@iD4RO) March 21, 2017
There’s a lot going on in this piece on social order in Quebec but he’s not wrong on the death of solidarity… https://t.co/gAb0s4LRS1
— Dan Delmar (@DanDelmar) March 21, 2017
https://t.co/9kt9Nrh5rv Fact overlooked by this piece of garbage? Québec has been runned by the corrupt QLP for 15 years. Like the result?
— S. E. Fortin (@S_EFortin) March 21, 2017
Here we have an example of the Angry Anglo in his natural surroundings, deep in pile of equine droppings. https://t.co/egZaIoQcPN
— Putoutthebiglight (@amos_true) March 21, 2017
We live in a country where it's cool to debate merits of a single religion on near-constant basis, but god help you if you criticize Quebec
— Ashley Csanady (@AshleyCsanady) March 21, 2017
This is the stupidest article I’ve read today. Mind you, it’s early. https://t.co/wlW1lEwpQM
— MattinglySideburns (@koalafireball) March 21, 2017
Hey @MacleansMag, can you guys tell @jandrewpotter that we try to AVOID fake news ? 2 bills at the doctor. Really?!? https://t.co/9nt53pKkcP
— Stéfanie Tougas (@StefTougas) March 21, 2017
OUCH , Andrew Potter NAILS IT , LIVED THERE DONE THAT AND SO GLAD I LEFT in 1998 folks a really really good… https://t.co/zFReoctvXa
— Guy Annable (@thecapitalvoice) March 21, 2017
If the French media catches wind of this, it’s gonna hit the fan https://t.co/D3b63iQRdm
— Will (@HeyMyNameIsWill) March 21, 2017
@MacleansMag No mention of all the help/donations during 1996 Saguenay flood, 1998 ice storm, 2010 Haiti heartquakes and so on. Dégueulasse
— Octave Parango (@Jai_Pas_De_Face) March 21, 2017
@MacleansMag Macleans at it again with the Quebec bashing. I liked the logical magic tricks that turned 50$ atm’s into social alienation!
— Simon Guichandut (@Halak41love) March 21, 2017
@MacleansMag poorly researched article. Unless it was in the fiction section, then kudos on the Orwellian spin!
— Glenn Marcotte (@GlennMarcotte) March 21, 2017
It seems things have deteriorated considerably in the 15 years I have been away.
Truly saddening to read this. https://t.co/iFqg1Dc4Ro
— Rick Dondo (@Puckdon55) March 21, 2017
Since this story was published, McGill University tweeted that it was distancing itself from the views expressed. Emmett Macfarlane—a University of Waterloo political science professor and occasional Maclean’s contributor—slammed the university for the “chilling effect” of the tweet.
Absolutely embarrassing for a university to state this. Do you distance yourself from all McGill-affiliated writers? https://t.co/aCPDHU1Wzk
— Emmett Macfarlane (@EmmMacfarlane) March 21, 2017