Being Gilles Duceppe


I want to spend a day in Gilles Duceppe’s brain. What sort of non-Euclidean plane of existence does it operate in?

Earlier today: Hi, I’m Gilles Duceppe. I really think that the Canadian constitution should be changed to recognize the Quebecois as a nation. Because the Quebecois are Canadians, we just want it recognized that we form a distinct nation within the federation.

A bit later: Hi, I’m Gilles Duceppe. I’m not prepared to sign th constitution of Canada, even if Harper grants my demand for the constitution to be changed to recognize the Quebecois as a nation. Why? Because, well:

“There are a lot of other things that have to be part of changes to the Constitution; it isn’t limited to that,” Duceppe said while campaigning in Montreal on Friday. “At the end of the line, I think we can never obtain what we want within Canada. That’s why we need sovereignty.”

But again, I repeat, if there were a pan-Canadian referendum on enshrining Quebec recognition in the Constitution, I would campaign in favour of it. Because, you know, the Quebecois are Canadians.

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Being Gilles Duceppe

  1. “Two types of social contradictions – those between ourselves and the enemy and those among the people themselves – confront us. The two are totally different in their nature.”

    – Mao Tse Tung, The Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People

  2. Perfectly consistent! A strong separate independent Quebec inside a strong united Canada. It’s been the will of the peuple of Quebec for decades. Gilles is articulating it just fine…

  3. It’s interesting that Duceppe even thought about the constitution. If one is for separation, why would one care about the Canadian constitution?

  4. HUH! Can anyone find a point here that has any basis in reality or even logic! Me thinks Gilles has been spending too much time listening to spinmeisters and got confused.

  5. “Opposition and struggle between ideas of different kinds constantly occur within the Party; this is a reflection within the Party of contradictions between classes and between the new and the old in society. If there were no contradictions in the Party and no ideological struggles to resolve them, the Party’s life would come to an end.”

    – Mao Tse Tung, On Contradiction

  6. I don’t believe you can spend a whole day inside Gilles’ brain, Andrew. After about 15 minutes you get mysteriously discharged into a ditch beside the Autoroute Ville-Marie.

  7. It gets better. In one of the stories (I’ll find the link) he says constitutionalizing Quebec’s status as a nation would make it easier to separate. Then he demands the Prime Minister (of Canada) sign on to it.

    It would be funny, if there weren’t some likelihood that his demand would be met.

  8. Andrew has a funny (hmm, not ha-ha) definition of “better.”

  9. Mr. Coyne, not to labour the point, but what to you seems entirely self-contradictory and illogical becomes clear as morning when considered from the point of view of the Chairman.

    “We must oppose the tendency towards selfish departmentalism by which the interests of one’s own unit are looked after to the exclusion of those of others. Whoever is indifferent to the difficulties of others, refuses to transfer cadres to other units on request, or releases only the inferior ones, “using the neighbor’s field as an outlet for his overflow”, and does not give the slightest consideration to other departments, localities or people – such a person is a selfish departmentalist who has entirely lost the spirit of communism. Lack of consideration for the whole and complete indifference to other departments, localities and people are characteristics of a selfish departmentalist. We must intensify our efforts to educate such persons and to make them understand that selfish departmentalism is a sectarian tendency that will become very dangerous, if allowed to develop.”

    – Mao Tse Tung, Rectify the Party’s Style of Work

    So, you see, the destiny of an proud & independent Quebec can only be realised within a strong & united Canada.

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