The Canadian flag to mark National Patriots Day at Desjardins

Several funds from the Desjardins movement marked National Patriots Day with a Canadian flag on a poster which sparked the indignation of many Quebec nationalists.

“It is certainly not the flag of Canada that has its place there,” insists Marie-Anne Alepin, president of the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal (SSJB).

“National Patriots Day. Our offices will be closed on Monday, May 20,” we can read on this notice on which we can also see the image of a man holding the Maple Leaf incorporated into the Desjardins logo on his back.

In more than one branch

A photo of the said poster, taken at the Caisse Desjardins du Sud de la Matawipie in Saint-Félix-de-Valois, has been shared since Friday on social networks while being denounced by several Quebec accounts with a nationalist flavor.

Desjardins Group indicated to Newspaper that more than one fund had posted this document on these walls, without however saying how many.

“This is not a poster that was authorized by the Desjardins Movement. We will follow up with the funds that used this poster to ensure that this situation does not happen again,” declared its spokesperson, Jean-Benoît Turcotti.

Jean-Benoît Turcotti, spokesperson for the Desjardins Movement.

“Still education to do”

In Quebec, National Patriots’ Day has been celebrated since 2003 to highlight the struggle of the patriots in 1837 and their demand for the establishment of a democratic government. It was established on the same holiday as Victoria Day, celebrated in the rest of Canada.

Desjardins’ error “proves that there is still education to be done around this important day [celle des patriotes», estime Mme Alepin, qui croit que la «confusion» régnant encore en raison des deux fêtes célébrées le même jour au pays.



Marie-Anne Alepin, présidente de la Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal.


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«Les gens sont irrités parce que Desjardins, ça appartient un peu au peuple, avec ses caisses populaires. Et la fête des Patriotes c’est la fête pour fêter le peuple et les patriotes. Le drapeau du Canada, c’est une autre nation. C’est autre chose», poursuit-elle.

Mme Alepin demande des explications aux caisses qui ont utilisé cette affiche.

«Ça semble être une erreur, mais c’est incompréhensible. Avec les réseaux sociaux, ça devient une affiche nationale.»

Selon M. Turcotti, la majorité des caisses ont utilisé une affiche «autorisée» par le Mouvement Desjardins. On n’y fait aucune mention des fêtes célébrées, en inscrivant plutôt «jour férié» au-dessus d’une image de vélo.

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