U.S. Embassy sorry for Cheesy Invite
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
Certainly someone at the U.S. Embassy needs a History Lesson, is what is the ultimate insult to Canada on the Eve of Quebec's 400th Anniversary, as Celebrations are underway, someone at the U.S Embassy thought it funny to put Canada's founder along with our First Nations Hurons, who helped open the Gateway to our country with a plate of Poutine, a dish of french fries, chicken gravy topped with curd cheese. This act much to the outrage of Canadian's and Quebecer's has called for the resignation of the US Ambassador.
One can only hope this U.S. Ambassador will soon hit the unemployment lines, as his actions as a representative of US Citizens the world over, certainly shows why some US citizens as tourists wonder how come some countries are not as fond of them, as they would like.
Myself, being from Quebec City, one can see why, though unfairly how American tourists are treated, when a US Ambassador makes fun of the rest of Canada, particularly Quebec think so.
Americans should be equally outraged as their July 4th celebrations runs alongside Quebec's 400th anniversary. Some may forget that the United States War for independence was fought alongside with Quebecer's and Quebec First Nations as their allies and friends, who gave their lives on behalf of the US colonists, by maintaining a battlefront along the mouth and borders of the Saint Lawrence keeping the front lines from falling into British Hands, thus if the British had taken the northern states, and if not for Quebec's part in helping their US colonial brethern, US citizens today most likely would be saluting the Queen and have a Union Jack as their flag. Quebec takes their patriotism to their roots as serious as the US does, especially on celebrations of long fought wars. Unfortunately provinces in the rest of Canada feel it too politically incorrect to point out their cultural history to the world.
Canada is more than Beavers, Moose, RCMP, Illiterate Sports Fishermen and Hockey, Canada, as well as Quebec are a Nation who stood side by side with the US in pretty much every troubling time when it was us against the world.
There is a reason why "Lest We Forget" is a reminder at Veterans Graves. Apparently this US Ambassador "Forgot his History".
MONTREAL -- Embassy sorry for cheesy invite
Thu, July 3, 2008 Embassy sorry for cheesy invite
By THE CANADIAN PRESS
The Canadian embassy in Washington is apologizing after it sent out a Canada Day invitation which showed Samuel de Champlain, the founder of Quebec City, holding a plate of poutine.
Jean-Paul Perreault, the president of Imperatif francais, a group that defends and promotes the French language, called the embassy's behaviour "contemptuous and unacceptable."
"It's ridiculous, it's a ... lack of respect towards the Canadian identity which proudly includes French-speaking communities," he said yesterday.
"If it was a joke, it was a joke in bad taste which we can't allow as part of the activities of a (Canadian) embassy."
JULY 1 PARTY
The Canada Day invitation was placed on the embassy's website and about 2,000 people showed up for the July 1 party in the U.S. capital.
Perreault pointed out that this year marks the 400th anniversary of the July 3 founding of Quebec City by Champlain.