The Black Book of English Canada

The Black Book of English Canada

Book - 2002
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Normand Lester, a journalist with Radio-Canada (the French-language equivalent of the CBC) stirred up a hornet's nest when he revealed that the federal government had secretly funded television's Heritage Minutes which, in his view, provided a sanitized version of our shared history. He was subsequently, controversially, let go. The Black Book of Canada is his impassioned defence of his native province and an implicit repudiation of the anglophone media's unfair, yet all-too-common attacks on Quebec and Quebecers. While English Canada may think itself a "just society," in this highly controversial book - which sold 50,000 copies in French - Normand Lester chronicles English-Canadian intolerance: the expulsion of the Acadians; Lord Durham's anti-French policies; the hanging of Louis Riel; R. B. Bennett's funding of anti-Semitic publications; and the internment of Japanese Canadians in the Second World War. Lester argues that the myth of two equal, amicable co-founders of the nation, a myth actively promoted by the federal government over recent decades, ignores the fact that there will always be two incompatible national histories.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2002.
ISBN: 9780771022593
077102259X
Branch Call Number: 971 L642a
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Conlogue, Ray

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KennethSmith
Aug 08, 2017

It is difficult to take a book seriously when it misspells the word Quebecker.

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delfon
Oct 03, 2012

Canadians of english origin come out in bad form, and we learn the real nature of this socalled Canada. Panglossian historians have glossed over much that blights the truth, and Lester does attempt to shed light on reasons for French Canadian intransigence and continuous demands.
English perfidity, and lies are again exposed. When French are upheld as less than godly, leave it to the english to wear the right of indignation, while failing to aknowledge the evil they promote and foster.Fair play works only if english wins. This truly is an eye-opening book for any new Canadian, or even a citizen of either english or french origins.
Too many tiems has the media led people astray, too many times have elites with agenda's in hand sought to instill a sense of hopelessness, even slavery in the soul. The devious methods utilized are shown for what they are, pompous attempts (usually working) to keep a people down.

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