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To whom it may concern{{Title|Letter to the Canadian Jewish Congress|[[Yves Michaud]]|February 1st,2001}}
1 - Would you have the kindness to forward me your address so that I may forward you a copy of ---''Source(s): Translated in 2007 by [[User:Mathieugp|Mathieu Gauthier-Pilote]] from: [[my bookBiblio:Lettre de Yves Michaud au Congrès juif du Canada|Lettre de Yves Michaud au Congrès juif du Canada]] and . This is an unofficial translation of a letter sent to the [[remarksw:Canadian Jewish Congress|Canadian Jewish Congress]] which I made before the by [[Commission of the Estates General of the French languagew:Yves Michaud|Yves Michaud]]. That way you will be in , a better position to voice your opinion with intelligence citizen who was publicly defamed and good faith on the true nature labelled an Anti-Semite by adversaries of my remarks, including my admiring and unconditional praise on the Jewish people Quebec nationalist movement. The controversy in which invited the French Canadian people he was involved ultimately lead to follow the Jews' "rough will to survive, their invincible spirit resignation of [[w:Parti Québécois|Parti Québécois]] Premier of solidarity and their moral armour adding that Québec [[w:Lucien Bouchard|Lucien Bouchard]] in a way the Christians and the Jews were spiritually Semites1996."''----
2 - I am, along with twelve Quebecers, or Canadians if you prefer, a founding member of the [[Human Rights League]], in 1962, in company of [[Pierre-Elliott Trudeau]], and [[Jacques Hébert]], former Liberal senator. I was last year president of the [[Léo Cormier]] [[Foundation for the defence of rights and freedoms]]. I am the godfather of a Jewish boy, my wife is godmother of a Jewish girl, I lived for 37 years in a Jewish district of Montreal in perfect harmony, friendship and conviviality with my neighbours for whom I feel the highest regard. Few old-stock Quebec families can claim such a resume. By searching a little, one could surely find a better profile of anti-semitism!!! I know that you did not pronounce the word of "antisémite" when referring to me, but the text of your correspondence with professor [[Hilton]] of [[Concordia University]] suggests that I have or I could have had "relents" of this nature.
''3 [[Image:Yves- Votre connaissance de la vie publique québécoise me semble imparfaitemichaud. Le B'Nai Brith régional (sic) du Québecjpg|thumb|Yves Michaud, dont M. Robert Libman est le directeur, a suggéré que l'on débaptise la station de métro Lionel-Groulx de Montréal pour la remplacer par le nom d'un ancien premier ministre d'Israël. Groulx a été le phare et le maître à penser de deux générations de Canadiens-français, devenus Québécois. Cette proposition a été perçue et l'est encore comme une suprême insulte et injure à la mémoire d'une personnne vénérée de l'histoire du Québec. Oser telle chose, à mes yeux et à ceux de nombre de mes compatriotesjournalist, est d'un extrémisme frisant le racisme anti-québécois. Je ne sache pasmember of the National Assembly, sauf erreurwriter]]To whom it may concern, que votre organisme ait dénoncé cet outrage à notre mémoire.''
''Le jour même de l'annonce de mon intention de candidature à l'investiture dans la circonscription de Mercier, le même B'Nai Brith régional (sic) du Québec dirigé par Robert Libman 1 - Would you have the kindness to forward me traitait de "dinosaure" et enjoignait le premier ministre du Québec d'invalider ma candidature en sa qualité de président du Parti Québécoisyour address so that I may send you a copy of [http://openlibrary. Comme si le B'Nai Brith s'arrogeait le pouvoir de désigner les candidats à l'investiture d'un parti politique dont son directeur est un féroce et acharné adversaire. Avouez que, comme culotorg/works/OL6259608W/Paroles_d%27un_homme_libre my book] and the [[Speech of Yves Michaud before the Commission of the Estates-General on the Situation and Future of the French Language in Quebec| remarks]] which I made before the [[w:Estates-General on the Situation and Future of the French Language in Quebec|Commission of the Estates General of the French language]]? That way, il est difficile de faire mieux ! M. Libmanyou will be in a better position to voice your opinion with intelligence and good faith on the true nature of my remarks, en outre, est un zélote "partionnisteincluding my admiring and unconditional praise of the Jewish people in which I encouraged the French Canadian people to follow their "rough will to survive, c'est-à-dire du dépeçage du territoire québécois advenant un "ouitheir invincible spirit of solidarity and their moral armour adding that in a way the Christians and the Jews were spiritually Semites" majoritaire sur la souveraineté lors d'un prochain référendum. À tort ou à raison, cela est interprété par plusieurs Québécois comme un appel à la confrontation qui pourrait aller jusqu'à prendre certaines formes de guerre civile, encore que le pacifisme débonnaire du peuple québécois n'est guère enclin à ce genre d'activités{{Refl|1}}. Il lui arrive même de pousser la tolérance juqu'à demander pardon à ceux qui l'insultent !''
''4 2 - Depuis plus de deux sièclesI am, along with twelve other Quebecers, la générosité du peuple québécois ("ethnie"or Canadians if you prefer, - si le mot na founding member of the [http://www.liguedesdroits.ca/ 'est pas sacrilège - non seulement fondatrice du Québec mais du Canada) n'a pas Ligue des droits de limites à l'égard de tous les citoyens qui vivent sur son territoirehomme''] (Human Rights League), in 1962, in company of [[w:Pierre-Elliott Trudeau|Pierre-Elliott Trudeau]], sans égard à leur confessionand [[w:Jacques Hébert|Jacques Hébert]], couleur et originesthe former Liberal senator. Bémol ! Il est arrivé jadis sur son territoire et dans celui du Canada que certaines formes d'ostracisme ont été pratiquées à l'encontre des ressortissants de confession juiveI was last year president of the [http://fondationleocormier.org/ Léo Cormier Foundation] for the defence of rights and freedoms. I am the godfather of a Jewish boy, my wife is godmother of a Jewish girl, I lived for 37 years in a Jewish district of Montreal in perfect harmony, notamment le refus de les admettre dans des universités et des clubs sélectsfriendship and conviviality with my neighbours for whom I feel the highest regard. Few old-stock Quebec families can claim such a resume. By searching a little, mais cela était le fait de l'one could surely find a better profile for anti-semitism!!! I know that you did not pronounce the word of "ethnieantisémite" canadienne-anglaisewhen referring to me, but the text of your correspondence with professor [[w:Anthony Hilton|Hilton]] of [[w:Concordia University|Concordia University]] suggests that I have or I could have had a background of this nature. J'imagine que vos dossiers à cet égard sont une source inépuisable de consultation et de renseignements.''
3 - Your knowledge of the Quebec public life seems to be imperfect. The [http://www.bnaibrith.ca/address.html B'Nai Brith regional office for Quebec], headed by Mr. [[w:Robert Libman|Robert Libman]], suggested that the [[w:Lionel-Groulx (Montreal Metro)|Lionel-Groulx Metro station]] in Montreal be unbaptized and that the name of it should be that of a former Prime Minister of Israel. Groulx was the headlight and the intellectual guide of two generations of French Canadians, who have become Quebecers. This proposal was and still is perceived as a supreme insult and a blow to the memory of a venerated person in the history of Quebec. To dare such thing, in my eyes and those of a number of my compatriots, is an extremism getting close to anti-Quebec racism. I do not know, unless I am wrong, that your organization has denounced this insult to our memory. The very same day that my intention to be candidate for nomination in the [[w:Mercier (provincial electoral district)|Mercier riding]] became public, the same B'Nai Brith regional office for Quebec directed by Robert Libman called me a "dinosaur" and invited the [[w:Premier of Quebec|Premier of Quebec]] to invalidate my candidature in virtue of his position as president of the [[w:Parti Québécois|Parti Québécois]]. As if the B'Nai Brith had assumed the power to designate the candidates for nomination of a political party when its director is a ferocious and keen adversary of the said party. You'll admit that, in terms of "having the nerve to", it would be difficult to do better! Mr. Libman, moreover, is a "[[w:Partition of Quebec|partitionist]]" Zealot, i.e. a proponent of the cutting-up of the Quebec territory if the majority of its people voted "yes" to sovereignty in a forthcoming referendum. Wrongly or rightly so, this stance is interpreted by several Quebecers as a call to confrontation which could take the form of a kind of civil war, although the débonnaire pacifism of Quebecers is hardly inclined to this kind of activity. It even happens sometimes that this people pushes the tolerance as far as to ask forgiveness to those who insult them! 4 - For more than two centuries, the generosity of the Quebec people (an "[[w:ethnic group|ethnic group]]", - if the word is not sacrilege - that not only founded Quebec but also Canada) has had no limit toward all the citizens who live on their territory, without concern for their confession, colour and origins. That being said, it has indeed happened in the past, on their territory and in that of Canada, that certain forms of [[w:ostracism|ostracism]] be applied against the nationals of Jewish confession, in particular the refusal to admit them in universities and select clubs, but that was the fact of the English-Canadian "ethnic group". I imagine that in this respect your files are an inexhaustible source of consultation and information. To conclude, there never was and there never will be in Quebec a "Jewish Question", except coming from politicians who have bad intentions, who use the extremely comprehensible sensitivity of your people, for suspect to suspicious and unfair ends. You would oblige me by taking note of what preceded and in ensuring the communication of it to your co-religionists, with the expression of my distinguished feelings.
Yves Michaud <br />
Montréal, February 1st, 2001
 
== Notes ==
{{Refa|1}} Here Yves Michaud is quoting Abbot [[w:Lionel Groulx|Lionel Groulx]] who was also called an "anti-Semite" by adversaries of Quebec nationalists.
 
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