Volume 90, Issue 65

Tuesday, January 21, 1997



The French family feud fires up

Re: La debate continues, Jan. 17,

To the Editor:

Mr. Ruby, it is clear that you and I are always going to butt heads when it comes to the politics of Quebec. I ask you to try and see my point of view before giving me yours.

Mr. Ruby, do you believe that patronizing me and calling me an ignorant fool is going to paint you as the winner in this debate? I believe that my being accepted here at Western, in engineering nonetheless, is far more than enough proof for you and anyone else, about the standard and quality of my education.

I understand that the referendum question never asked about recognition literally. But what did the question ask? Well, on paper "it questioned the province's desire to become a separate country," to use your own words, else be charged with spreading false statements! Perhaps the question itself is your blindfold, Mr. Ruby. You see, to every individual the question had a different meaning. Nationalism. . . Sure. Patriotism. . . Why not? But what about recognition? Is nationalism not a form of global recognition, as a people? Is patriotism not devotion to one's own country? Is devotion not the ultimate form of recognition? Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I'm not.

Who do you think you are to tell me what I can and cannot believe in? Everyone has the right to choose for themselves. I choose what I believe in and so do you. Recognize my right as I do yours.

About the charge of calling your father a "discriminating bigot," I believe you took to heart more than just my words. The term bigot is demeaning, demoralizing and disgusting, and I regret that you interpreted my words so tastelessly.

Now Mr. Ruby, thank you for the in-depth lesson on Canadian history. But I assure you, you did not reveal anything that I do not already know as a self-respecting French Canadian, mon ami.

In closing, I would like to offer a new idea to Mr. Ruby. It is the idea that we, as Canadians, are brothers and sisters in the quest for a brighter future for Canada.

Was it not for the fight, would there be rewards?

Marc Comeau
Engineering Science I

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