Legault Said "All French Canadians" Are Catholic & Many Wonder What Happened To "Laïcité"
- Quebec Premier François Legault said that "all French Canadians" are Catholic in a conversation with the governor of California.
- Hundreds have taken to Twitter to discuss the claim, with many taking issue with the generalization and others pointing out what they see as Legault's hypocrisy.
- Watch the video of the interaction and see the Twitter reactions below!
In a very strange turn of events, Quebec Premier François Legault has been caught on video telling the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, that "all French Canadians" are Catholic during a photo op as part of his visit to the U.S. state this week. The visit thus far has centred a lot around the environment and the tech industry, but for some reason, Legault felt the need to bring up Newsom's religion. In the video, which you can see below, Legault seems to bring up Newsom's Catholicism out of nowhere, likely inferring his religion due to his Irish heritage.
When Newsom delicately confirms his religious upbringing, Legault quickly assures him, "me, too."
"All French Canadians are."
Legault then even brought up religious symbols, though it did seem to be a joke, which Newsom was quick to side-step, saying, "Oh I know, that's a whole issue for you guys, I don't want to get into that!"
Needless to say... Twitter has come to life with reactions. Take a look.
Legault tweeted out the following pictures after the incident saying, "I want to thank the Governor of California @GavinNewsom for his warm welcome to Sacramento. We had productive discussions on developing a greener economy, the carbon market, and possible partnerships in the transportation industry."
Je veux remercier le gouverneur de la Californie @GavinNewsom pour son accueil chaleureux à Sacramento. Nous avons… https://t.co/TP9bYEFMrJ— François Legault (@François Legault) 1576095612.0
Bref échange devant les caméras entre @francoislegault et le gouverneur @GavinNewsom: F.L. : « Nous avons autre ch… https://t.co/cXgIwJbkUT— Marc-André Gagnon (@Marc-André Gagnon) 1576089466.0
The video above shows the... bizarre interaction.
Of course, a lot of people were initially just very confused and a little pissed off that the premier of the province would go and tell a governor in another country a blatant generalization of his people.
Translation: Is he not the PM of all? Why is he talking about religion abroad? This lie will again resonate among Anglo and non-Catholics as divisive nationalist identity propaganda. Legault should know through his years of political experience.
@GNadeauDubois @ericmendelsohn OMG!! How embarrassing but also how telling about his stand on Bill 21! Dear Mr. Leg… https://t.co/odjDXoyP0U— Marion Bialek (@Marion Bialek) 1576157159.0
@CBCMontreal lmao dude went and passed bill 21 and now has the utter audacity to say that all French Canadians shar… https://t.co/iHcqnG3cjG— french government hate account (@french government hate account) 1576163995.0
Here is François Legault, representing Québec, practicing laïcité. // 'All French Canadians' are Catholic, Quebec p… https://t.co/IkDGyyVGLM— Ava (@Ava) 1576122212.0
And, unsurprisingly, this interaction inevitably came around to the conversation surrounding Bill 21, Legault's infamous religious symbols ban for public servants.
Many, many Québécois, both francophone and anglophone, took to Twitter to explain their own religious beliefs — or, otherwise, to just straight up say they aren't Catholic.
@PascalBerube J'aime bien M.Legault mais non, tous ne sont pas catholique.— Denise Lagarde (@Denise Lagarde) 1576159945.0
Translation: I like Mr. Legault but, no, we aren't all Catholic.
Even fans of Legault spoke out, saying that this statement was a little bit of a stretch.
This tweet below might be my favourite, particularly because of the Californie/Califournie pun. Translation below.
Bilan du voyage de Legault en 'Califournie": 👉 Photos sur Twitter: 46 👉 Gaffe pas laïque: 1 👉 Contrat: 0$ #polqc #assnat #CAQ— Antagoniste (@Antagoniste) 1576156273.0
Summary of Legault's trip to "Califournie":
👉 Twitter photos: 46
👉 Non-secular gaffe: 1
👉 Contract: $0
"We can let le ptit Jésus régler all of that. All the Canadiens-Français believe in le ptit Jésus." -les aventures… https://t.co/aL5FA4S7ua— Antagoniste (@Antagoniste) 1576154856.0
Oh man what a crossover episode https://t.co/CFY5uiWEVK— Travis Legault (@Travis Legault) 1576123266.0
And a lot of people were just confused as to why this topic came up at all, considering it's certainly not the reason for the visit and seemed to crop up out of nowhere.
But perhaps the best part of all of this is the new hashtag we can all enjoy, #AllFrenchCanadians.
All French Canadians wear long underwear, wear a toque and own a toboggan. #allFrenchCanadians #Quebec https://t.co/MbGefEacfK— Dave Martin (@Dave Martin) 1576153252.0
All French Canadians are quintuplets. Many of them were taken from their parents and put on display for tourists.… https://t.co/BkhE6hc5hx— Maggie Fox (@Maggie Fox) 1576158035.0
All french Canadians ride a bicycle with a baguette and a bottle of wine sticking out of the basket while smoking 3… https://t.co/BwXD1YVoGz— Meanwhile in Canada (@Meanwhile in Canada) 1576154761.0
Because, of course, a whole population of people can be described in one fell swoop!