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June 8, 2012
The student protests are in the sights of a new, high-profile detractor— and he weighs into them like a freight train.
Jacques Villeneuve, ex-champion of the Formula 1, is fed up with the protest movement that has dragged on for months and now threatens the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend in Montreal.
In a five-minute interview with journalists on Thursday [June 7, 2012],Villeneuve told the protesters to, “go back to school.”
Marc-André Cyr June 12, 2012
Original French Text: http://voir.ca/marc-andre-cyr/2012/06/12/vomir-la-belle-province/
« Fear of all shapes susceptible of setting off a transformative love. Blue fear – red fear – white fear : link of our chain »
– Refus Global, 1948
The Grand Prix and its orgy of mediocrity… sickening.
State control and police repression… sickening.
The media and political elite of Quebec… sickening.
Sickening, sickening, and sickening again… this is the feeling that our Belle Province ought to provoke these days.
We already knew that our elites are afraid of communists, anarchists, disorder, riots, strikes, protests, civil disobedience and rock throwers; we did not know that are also afraid (almost pathologically afraid) of red squares, of the sound of pots and pans, of smoke, of envelopes full of baking soda, of album covers. To wrap up his column denouncing Amir Khadir because he took part in a (supposedly) illegal demonstration, André Pratte offers this typically nuanced piece of analysis:
“When respect for the rule of law is no longer absolute, we have to trust the judgement of each individual to determine how far to take ‘resistance.’ To put it another way, we give up the absolute for the arbitrary. After baking soda, what will they put into envelopes next?” 
Mr. Pratte asks good questions.
Radicalization is something to be afraid of.
Michèle Ouimet 9 June 2012
Jacques Villeneuve, former Formula 1 Champion, thinks the students are loafers who scare tourists and make Quebec look bad in the eyes of others.
They were also poorly raised by parents who never learned to say no.
“They spend all their time complaining”, he explained Thursday at a press conference where the clichés came faster than an F1 race car. “It’s becoming a bit ridiculous […] It’s time to go back to school!”
Boy-kings, spoiled children, incompetent parents. Contempt and paternalism.
Gérard St-Denis, 74 years old, Sainte-Birgitte-des-Saults, June 10th 2012
The ruckus of the Formula 1 is over. Now we can at least hear ourselves think. A little calm in the cottages.
We cannot allow the incendiary, misplaced, and false comments that Jacques Villeneuve made about the student strike to pass unremarked. Comments that are insulting to and contemptuous of our youth.
Brought up in a setting of luxury, wealth, and opulence, having studied at excellent schools in Switzerland, Jacques doe not know what a student’s life is really like. He never did have to work at McDonalds, Harveys, Subway, or a corner store during the school year, let alone have to find work in the summer. He doesn’t know what it is to finish the month eating peanut butter sandwiches and Kraft Dinner.
Mr. Villeneuve would do better to content himself with socializing with people who can spend $1,000 for supper than try to pontificate on a social situation that he does not know. Wealth does not convey good judgment.
Translated from the original French by Translating the printemps érable.
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