History Museum: hatred of Quebec is expressed

History Museum: hatred of Quebec is expressed
History Museum: hatred of Quebec is expressed

What should have been an almost banal announcement of a self-evident project, that of creating a museum of the national history of Quebec, became an opportunity for many to express their hatred of Quebec.

The outburst of criticism following this announcement was to be expected, as anti-nationalism is so virulent in the Quebec intellectual world. Every time there is talk of a policy of national affirmation for Quebecers, there are those who accuse them of intolerance. At the time of the Quiet Revolution and its slogan “Masters at home” some, including Trudeau, did not hesitate to ask who was included in this we. And above all, who was excluded.

We are witnessing a similar phenomenon here. As soon as there was talk of a museum of the history of the Quebec nation, some had the reflex to denounce an alleged desire to erase Indigenous people, Anglophones and cultural communities from our history. It has a name: hatred of Quebec and more precisely Quebec bashing, this unhealthy tendency to denigrate Quebec based on prejudices associating it with intolerance, particularly when it deviates from a fully multiculturalist vision.

There is a possible antidote to this disease: adopt a policy of convergence and therefore of cultural integration loudly affirming a Quebec model different from Canadian multiculturalism. This model would invite all inhabitants of Quebec who wish, regardless of the date of arrival of their ancestors, to join and continue its French adventure in America more than 400 years old. This policy would then translate into a host of concrete projects, starting with that of a museum of national history.

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