The fallout from Le Troupeau's expose of Diane Blain and her association with the Storm Alliance and Front Patriotique du Québec continues to reverberate in Canadian political news. To recap, Blain and other members of a the far right Front Patriotique du Québec managed to get into a Liberal Party event. Ms. Blain started shouting questions at Justin Trudeau that became increasingly racially exclusive and he called her out for it. Initially Trudeau was criticized for how he handled Blain since the video only caught the latter part of the exchange and provided little context, however Le Troupeau was able to prove the whole thing was a set-up intended to cause a reaction resulting in a decidedly different understanding of the event.
Le Tropeau has provided further information since first publishing the expose:
Le Tropeau has provided further information since first publishing the expose:
Quelques bouts de vidéos qui montre ce que la couverture médiatique n'a pas montré. Ils étaient là pour provoquer. Qui va poser des questions sérieuses dans un événement partisan libéral si ce n'est pas pour déranger.#onestpasracisteshttps://t.co/MzbATNSFvj— Le Troupeau (@LetroupeauQC) August 22, 2018
Dans un communiqué, on m'attaque en disant que j'essayais de le salir. Cette personne dit n'avoir rien à faire avec l'extrême droite, même s'il était des manifs de la Meute, de Storm Alliance et qu'il appuie publiquement Atalante.— Le Troupeau (@LetroupeauQC) August 22, 2018
Le 2ième commentaire confirme ce que je dis pic.twitter.com/hzXuRDab93
So I did a video that shows some of the points that were left out of the coverage on the story of Justin Trudeau's heckler.— Le Troupeau (@LetroupeauQC) August 22, 2018
To see the transcript of the original video by Carl Brochu member of Front Patriotique du Québec:https://t.co/jESF83SwUJhttps://t.co/gETsCusiFK
The second man asked a question about the statue of John A. MacDonald and the Jinnah Park. He then says he was saying to people that they were lobotomized and that the Liberal party belong in the trash, and he was surprise that nobody wanted to hit him.— Le Troupeau (@LetroupeauQC) August 22, 2018
UPDATE ON THE HECKLER INCIDENT— Le Troupeau (@LetroupeauQC) August 22, 2018
In a video (I'll post it below) the cameraman Carl Brochu explains how they got into the Liberal event, fooling the security because their strategy was to get in, one by one. He explains that there were 10-15 patriots there to disrupt the event. pic.twitter.com/3XzoyT2Ic4
This raise a question. Did newsroom paid any money to get the footage from that man knowing now that he participated and had an active role in the "making" of this incident? Because this money is going to a group of people who are actively spreading false news on their channels— Le Troupeau (@LetroupeauQC) August 22, 2018
He says: "It was an event for the members of the Liberal party"— Le Troupeau (@LetroupeauQC) August 22, 2018
"At the entry point they where checking people. Our strategy was to get in one by one, not to attract any attention"
"They were all Liberals except 10 to 15 "patriotes" who join forces in order to disrupt the event"
Here is the video, I will try to put the subtitles soonhttps://t.co/Hu4xMSOyoD— Le Troupeau (@LetroupeauQC) August 22, 2018
Dave Treg ancien chef de la Storm Alliance veut faire un rassemblement contre Turdeau pour qu'il fasse ses excuses à Diane Blain.#onestpasracistes pic.twitter.com/rXIpfxZiAM— Le Troupeau (@LetroupeauQC) August 22, 2018
The mainstream Conservative talking points had initially been to attack Trudeau for calling a nice, little, old lady a racist and not addressing a legitimate question. After Blain was exposed, the talking points changed.... slightly. They acknowledged that she was a racist, but the question was still legitimate and Trudeau had no right to call her a racist for asking the question.... even though she was a racist.
This is a position taken by no less than the leader of the Official Opposition:
By sweeping away legitimate questions on his failed border policy with vile personal insults, it is Trudeau himself who is guilty of polarizing the debate. No one has done more to divide Canadians than he has. 1/5— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) August 20, 2018
The problem with this, as noted earlier, is that the video only caught the part where Trudeau called out Blain for being a racist. It didn't include the initial confrontation when Trudeau attempted to address her question (while a companion of her's belittled the statement concerning Mohawk territory) and only called her out when she began using offensively racist language:
h/t to the Huffington Post for transcribing the exchangehttps://t.co/Rld3EnwklW— Bashir Mohamed (@BashirMohamed) August 21, 2018
It is essential that, as this exchange gets recounted in Anglophone media, it gets translated correctly. The woman used an extremely racist term that excludes everyone whose family does not date back to *1759 or earlier* from ever being accepted as Quebecois. #cdnpoli https://t.co/ug93ACQOVJ— Heather Hughson (@HNHughson) August 21, 2018
Souche = stump. When Anglo media translates it, they often go with "old stock Quebecois", but the term is far more racially charged. "Québecois de souche" is about purity of bloodlines - anyone whose family doesn't date to New France. Especially not non-white Quebecois. #cdnpoli— Heather Hughson (@HNHughson) August 21, 2018
You don't have to speak French to see where they draw their inspiration from, given how often Trump is mentioned in this article, but they go further: "In the United States, it's the white man [who is threatened]. In Québec, it is the Québecois de souche."https://t.co/677KqL9npI— Heather Hughson (@HNHughson) August 21, 2018
"A stump [souche], is a tree that's no longer a tree. It's a piece of the trunk with only the roots remaining. It's a piece of a trunk on which there will no longer be any leaves, any flowers, any fruits. A stump is a dead tree." #cdnpolihttps://t.co/LUACekcbnM— Heather Hughson (@HNHughson) August 21, 2018
I am reminded of what Pierre Elliott Trudeau said before the 1980 Referendum after Rene Levesque mocked his middle name for being too Anglophone. The logic of "Quebecois de souche" rejects anyone whose bloodline isn't pure New France going back to 1759:https://t.co/hydjcTBO9w pic.twitter.com/wUOcpCesD0— Heather Hughson (@HNHughson) August 21, 2018
Let me reiterate: the term "québecois de souche", as used by that woman, is so exclusionary that Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the most Quebecois of Canadian giants, does not count as québecois de souche. And neither does his son, Justin.— Heather Hughson (@HNHughson) August 22, 2018
It's similar, in that both idioms reference purity, but souche evokes chopping off all the growth that came after 1759, because is sees that growth as diseased and tainted. It's one of those terms that loses a certain amount of its venom when it's translated into English.— Heather Hughson (@HNHughson) August 21, 2018
I think that Anglo media are doing a disservice by attempting to translate the idiom into one that's still racist but not as profoundly so, rather than use the term "souche" and educate English-speakers about its etymology.— Heather Hughson (@HNHughson) August 21, 2018
Perhaps it shouldn't be surprised that Andrew Scheer, a man who has proven himself to be a feckless, milquetoast, coward who can't stand up to Bernier for his overt bigotry but then accuse Trudeau of being divisive for calling out a racist since too many of the people who side with both Blain and Bernier represent a sizable base of the Conservative Party right now. I mean, this IS the party that spoke of "Old Stock" Canadians, barbaric practices hotlines, and Canadian values purity tests.
Certainly, the white supremacists that ARC covers heard the dog whistle:
If Paul Fromm agrees with you, you are definitely on the wrong side of history.