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Canada Legault says people who see discrimination everywhere are wokes

19:50  16 september  2021
19:50  16 september  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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QUEBEC — Premier François Legault says he thinks people who see discrimination everywhere or want Quebecers to feel guilty about defending their values are wokes.

One day after calling Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois a woke in the legislature after the Québec solidaire co-spokesperson compared Legault to former premier Maurice Duplessis, Legault Thursday called in the media to again talk about the woke concept.

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Reporters wanted to question Legault on the nursing shortage , but the news conference opened with Legault saying he wanted to make a statement on wokes. He said he wanted to put his comment Wednesday in context.

“People asked me: What is a woke?” Legault said. “For me, a woke is someone who wants to make us feel guilty about defending the Quebec nation , of defending its values as we did with Bill 21, of defending our jurisdictions.”

Asked if people who oppose Bill 21 are wokes in his mind, Legault said: “It’s one of the elements.”

“For me, a woke is someone who sees discrimination everywhere,” he said. “We can disagree with Bill 21, but to say it is discriminatory and the Quebec nation does not have a right to defend the values of the majority, well, I think it’s a debate which becomes very important.”

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Legault said there are two parties in the National Assembly that he considers nationalist: the Coalition Avenir Québec and the Parti Québécois.

“And there are two parties which are multiculturalists. They want all cultures to be equal, who oppose the integration of new arrivals to the values, common language of the Quebec nation. This is Québec solidaire and the Liberals.

“It’s a significant debate in Quebec. The Liberals were once a Quebec nationalist party, under Robert Bourassa. Now, under Dominique Anglade, when we see André Fortin (the Liberal house leader) helping Justin Trudeau to prepare his debate , we see the Liberal Party has really become a branch office of the (federal Liberals).”

Earlier, Nadeau-Dubois said he found Legault’s attack on him completely puzzling. He said he personally was not really sure what the word means.

“I have a master’s in sociology and I use words which I understand. I have no idea what François Legault is talking about.”

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Nadeau-Dubois said he noticed most of Legault’s entourage did not know what Legault was talking about either when the premier ventured into the woke theme.

“What I think this reveals is that François Legault is very aware that his decision to support the Conservatives (in the federal election) is not going over well with Quebecers and he is trying to create a distraction.”

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines woke as “aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues, especially issues of racial and social justice.”

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