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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 send you a copy of ---''Source(s): Translated in 2007 by [[User:Mathieugp|Mathieu Gauthier-Pilote]] from: [[httpBiblio://wwwLettre de Yves Michaud au Congrès juif du Canada|Lettre de Yves Michaud au Congrès juif du Canada]].edvlb.com/ShowGuidePage.asp?CodeProduit=253963 my book] and This is an unofficial translation of a letter sent to the [http[w://www.vigile.net/spip.php?page=archives&u=/archives/ds-michaud/docs/m-13-verbatim.html remarksCanadian 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 encouraged he was involved ultimately lead to the French Canadian people to follow their "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 other Quebecers, or Canadians if you prefer, a founding member of the [http://www.liguedesdroits.ca/ ''Ligue des droits de l'homme''] (Human Rights League), in 1962, in company of [[Wikipedia:Pierre-Elliott Trudeau|Pierre-Elliott Trudeau]], and [[Wikipedia:Jacques Hébert|Jacques Hébert]], the former Liberal senator. I was last year president of the [[Wikipedia:Léo Cormier|Léo Cormier]] [http://www.liguedesdroits.ca/pages_centre/partenaires.html 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 for 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 [[Wikipedia:Concordia University|Concordia University]] suggests that I have or I could have had a background of this nature.
3 - Your knowledge of the Quebec public life seems to be imperfect. The [http[Image://wwwYves-michaud.bnaibrith.ca/address.html B'Nai Brith regional office for Quebec]jpg|thumb|Yves Michaud, headed by Mr. [[Wikipedia:Robert Libman|Robert Libman]]journalist, suggested that member of the [[Wikipedia:Lionel-Groulx (Montreal Metro)|Lionel-Groulx Metro stationNational Assembly, writer]] in Montreal be unbaptized and that the name of To whom 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 thingmay concern, 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 1 - Would you have the kindness to forward me your address so that my intention to be candidate for nomination in the [I may send you a copy of [Wikipediahttp:Mercier (provincial electoral district)|Mercier riding]//openlibrary.org/works/OL6259608W/Paroles_d%27un_homme_libre my book] became public, the same B'Nai Brith regional office for Quebec directed by Robert Libman called me a "dinosaur" and invited the [[Wikipedia:Premier Speech of Yves Michaud before the Commission of the Estates-General on the Situation and Future of the French Language in Quebec|Premier of Quebecremarks]] to invalidate my candidature in virtue of his position as president of which I made before the [[Wikipediaw:|Parti québécois]]. As if the B'Nai Brith had assumed the power to designate Estates-General on the candidates for nomination of a political party when its director is a ferocious Situation and keen adversary Future of the said party. You'll admit that, French Language in terms Quebec|Commission of the Estates General of "having the nerve to"French language]]? That way, it would you will be difficult in a better position to do better! Mr. Libman, moreover, is a "[[Wikipedia:Partition voice your opinion with intelligence and good faith on the true nature of Quebec|partitionist]]" Zealotmy remarks, i.e. an proponent including my admiring and unconditional praise of the cutting-up of Jewish people in which I encouraged the Quebec territory if the majority of its French Canadian people voted "yesto follow their " rough will to sovereignty survive, their invincible spirit of solidarity and their moral armour adding that in a forthcoming referendum. Wrongly or rightly so, this stance is interpreted by several Quebecers as a call to confrontation which could take way the form of a kind of civil war, although Christians and the débonnaire pacifism of Quebecers is hardly inclined to this kind of activityJews were spiritually Semites"{{Refl|1}}. It even happens sometimes the this people pushes the tolerance as far as to ask forgiveness to those who insult this same people!
4 2 - For more than two centuriesI am, along with twelve other Quebecers, or Canadians if you prefer, the generosity a founding member of the Quebec people (an "[[Wikipediahttp:ethnic group|ethnic group//www.liguedesdroits.ca/ ''Ligue des droits de l'homme'']]", - if the word is not sacrilege - who not only founded Quebec but also Canada(Human Rights League) has had no limit with regard to all citizens who live on its territory, without regard with their confession, colour and origins. That being said, it has indeed happened in the past1962, on its territory and in that company of Canada[[w:Pierre-Elliott Trudeau|Pierre-Elliott Trudeau]], that certain forms of and [[Wikipediaw:ostracismJacques Hébert|ostracismJacques Hébert]] were applied against , the nationals former Liberal senator. I 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 confessiongirl, I lived for 37 years in particular the refusal to admit them a Jewish district of Montreal in universities perfect harmony, friendship and select clubsconviviality with my neighbours for whom I feel the highest regard. Few old-stock Quebec families can claim such a resume. By searching a little, but one could surely find a better profile for anti-semitism!!! I know that was you did not pronounce the fact word of the English-Canadian "ethnic groupantisémite". when 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 imagine that in could have had a background of this respect your files are an inexhaustible source of consultation and informationnature.
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 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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