Op-ed in the Guardian: Well done, Britain, for a fair referendum – it’s a shame Canada didn’t manage it

(Voici le texte d’opinion que m’a demandé le quotidien The Guardian, de Londres. En ligne ici.)

Boy, would I have loved to have had the Scottish referendum before the one we had in Quebec in 1995, for which I was strategist for the yes campaign. I am sure those who are for an independent Scotland have lots to say against the tactics and arguments of Better Together, but we in Quebec would have given an arm and a leg for the fair play and adult behaviour displayed so far by the British government. This is why:

If I were Anglo, I’d worry about this guy Couillard

I know most Anglo-Quebecers look at this election with a measure of unease with some of the policies of my party, the Parti québécois. I get that.

But I’ve talked with enough Anglo-Quebecers these past 18 months to know that they often give credit to the PQ for good government and that they resent being taken for granted by the Liberal Party. I know, also, that they loathed the climate of corruption and collusion that was prevalent under the previous Liberal government. And they surely don’t want it to come back.

The Economist: Canada « Uncool »? Québec « Cool »!

L’influent magazine britannique The Economist écrivait cet automne que le Canada devenait assurément, « Uncool ».

Soucieux de ne pas faire souffrir le Québec de cette mauvaise presse anti-canadienne, j’ai envoyé une brève lettre au magazine pour souligner notre différence.

Et en voici la traduction :

Gens du pays, c’est votre tour

«Notre Home» : Renforcer l’identité québécoise des anglophones

Le 5 octobre dernier, je vous faisais part de mon grand intérêt pour l’aperçu du clip «Notre Home», vidéo de promotion à venir d’un projet éponyme qui vise à « promouvoir le sentiment d’appartenance auprès des jeunes Québécois d’expression anglaise et tisser des liens avec leurs homologues francophones.

Aujourd’hui, le Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) lance la version complète du vidéo:

Notre Home: Bilingual hip-hop anthem and provincial tour to foster a sense of belonging among young Anglo-Quebecers

Press release from Notre Home :

The Government of Quebec is contributing $20,000 to this innovative approach towards building bridges between French and English-speaking Quebecers.

Montreal, January 17, 2013 – Over the next few months, Montreal singer-songwriter David Hodges will be touring the province to meet young people and promote bridge building between French- and English-speaking Quebecers through his song Notre Home.