11 different places in Quebec may potentially soon have entirely new names due to the not so subtle racial slurs that they contain. The most known of which is the Nigger Rapids in Bouchette (about 120km north of Ottawa) which, now hold onto your hats, was named after a black couple drowned there in the early 1900s. After having the name informally for years, the city made it official in 1983.
According to Pierre Leblanc, a spokesman for the Quebec Toponymy Commission, there was "no pejorative connotation" when the river was renamed in the 80's. Really, Pierre? No pejorative connotation in 1983?? After finding that a little hard to believe, I did a quick search and found that the term "nigger" was considered offensive in America as early as 1926. And by 1960 "black" was the preferred term in English. So really there's no excuse for naming a set of rapids that in the 80's.
Apparently there hasn't been any actual public pressure to change the name, in fact many people, including the Mayor of Bouchette, are in favour of keeping it... I'm not too sure what that says about our society. I mean, I'm all for maintaining history, but I think this is one thing that could do with a change.
There are 5 other places in Quebec that have the n-word in English and five that have "nègre," which in French can mean either Negro or the N-word, including a 50 kilometre stretch of hill near the US border where black slaves were buried until 1833 (when slavery was abolished).
While there's a myriad of possible reasons as to why Trudeau is ahead in the province, his handling of the pandemic could be the biggest. Among the Quebecers polled, 46% believed that health care is the most pressing issue in the upcoming election and 53% said the current prime minister "has performed well on pandemic management."
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"We, the undersigned, demand that the Government of Quebec publicly reject, as of now, the idea of a mandatory vaccination passport and that it commit itself to do like the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has done, that is to say, prohibit the obligation to present a vaccination passport in order to attend certain events and practice certain activities," the petition states.
Samson, a former Coalition Avenir Québec member who switched sides in June, held a press conference about the petition alongside Conservative Party of Quebec leader Eric Duhaime on August 12. They explained that the party had already collected 133,000 signatures on a previous petition that did not meet the criteria of the National Assembly.
"We reviewed the wording [...] So we're going to ask these hundreds of thousands of people to re-sign their petition on the National Assembly website, and we're going to invite Quebecers who don't agree with the vaccine passport to come forward as well," Samson said.
The petition, which was posted to the National Assembly website on August 12, had garnered more than 75,000 signatures at the time this article was published.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.