I think it’s a good idea to protest outside the Bell Centre but….

Posted: January 7, 2012 in Uncategorized
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I know that lots of you aren’t going to agree with me on this one. But I think it’s perfectly alright for folks to take to the streets outside the Bell Centre to protest the fact that Habs management decided to hire a unilingual Anglo coach. It was a bone-headed decision and it’s still unclear if the Montreal Canadiens brain trust gets just why so many Quebecers are seriously peeved over this.

A Leger Marketing poll in December discovered that 83-percent of francophones found it unacceptable that the Habs hired a coach – Randy Cunneyworth – who doesn’t speak any French and 69-percent of all respondents also felt the decision was unacceptable.

But – and it’s a big but – I have no interest in hanging out with the folks from the Mouvement Quebec francais, a bunch of old-school French-only nationalists. Pierre ‘Major Major’ Gauthier – who calls Burlington home – showed himself to be totally out-of-touch with contemporary Quebec reality when he picked a coach who can’t converse in the language of Rocket Richard – underlining that out-of-it-ness further when Ghost Gauthier made it oh-so-clear he had no clue this move would ignite a firestorm of controversy chez nous.

But these folks are protesting by handing out Fleur-de-lys flags? I mean am I missing something here? The Quebec flag is not supposed to be a synonym for the French language. I rather naively thought it was supposed to represent all Quebecers and some of us – hello! – speak the language of Cunneyworth!

That said, this whole mess comes courtesy of the Habs bosses and no one else. They’re the ones that gave all the ammunition to the Mouvement Quebec francais – by fielding a team with almost no franco players, by hiring a coach who doesn’t parley-vous, and who were so clueless that they didn’t even suggest to Cunneyworth that he should try to win friends and influence folks in the local media by saying ‘Bonjour, ca va?’ at that introductory press conference.



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