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Yes, there were protesters in Montreal

Posted on: January 7, 2012 10:39 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 11:51 pm
By: Adam Gretz

The great Montreal Canadiens language debate of 2011-12 continued to roll on Saturday night. Prior to the Canadiens' 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning a group of around 200 protesters made their presence felt outside of the Bell Centre to voice their displeasure of the hiring of interim head coach Randy Cunneyworth (following the dismisal of Jacques Martin) and his inability to speak french. Along with that, the Quebec-based group is also unhappy about the Canadiens team not having enough french-speaking players on the roster.

This, of course, isn't all that different from what was being said by a small, yet vocal minority of the Canadiens' fan base the day Cunneyworth was hired, and we even knew this demonstration was coming.

Mario Beaulieu, the president of Mouvement Quebec francais released the following statement in advance of the demonstration. Via the Montreal Gazette:
"The Montreal Canadiens management does not respect the status of French as Quebec’s official language. The music played in the Bell Centre is English. All announcements made in the arena are bilingual. There are only two or three francophone players left on the team. And now they have named a head coach who doesn’t speak a word of French. Not even ‘Bonjour’.”
It should be pointed out that these group of xenophobes doesn't represent the entire Montreal Canadiens fan base. Your average Canadiens fan that shows up at the Bell Centre every game in his Mike Cammalleri jersey, ready to pound down a couple of Molson's with his buddies would probably be satisfied if the guy standing behind the bench spoke, I don't know, Chinese, just as long as the team on the ice won games. But the loudest voices always get the most attention, and here we are.

If nothing else, this most recent demonstration illustrates that this noise isn't going away anytime soon.

Previously At Eye On Hockey

Quebec group unhappy with Cunneyworth hire
Storm will die down as Cunneyworth makes Montreal adjustments
Jacques Martin fired by Canadiens

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Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:53 am
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Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 1:09 pm

Yes, there were protesters in Montreal

What are the French doing in Canada? Send them back to their own country!

Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:19 pm

Yes, there were protesters in Montreal

It's a free and democratic world, as the Wall Street protests, people can protest when and what they want when they estimnate it's time for a change. And for you fukhead's information, there was an estimated paltry 300 of them out of + 24 000 going to the game. Hardly enough to make big news even on a small news day, but apparently enough to have some illiterate douchebags harping and idiotically commenting on something they know absolutely nothing about and have no basis to formulate their un-educated and imbecile comments.

Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 8, 2012 7:30 am

Yes, there were protesters in Montreal

Maybe we can get a good deal on Max Paciorety, darn American that he is. I bet he doesn't even speak French! What a joke that people can still be so backwards.

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:54 pm

Yes, there were protesters in Montreal

They can't be serious?  In today's multi-cultural environment you need english speaking people first.  I understand the whole management should be able to associate with the end-users, but then whatever happend to the end-users trying to associate with management thing??  This could have been a good feel-good story if these select Montreal Canadien fans wern't language racists, you could have a very nice story at the end of the day.  Instead the reward seems to be immediately jumping all over the guy, which is simply a negative environment for success in the first place.

Do these particular Quebecer's not realize how their economy profits in the first place?  You need english people to talk to other english speaking people so that you can increase external profits, singular Quebec profits are eventually limited in todays world.  That is why cultures like even China are reaching out for the precious International dollar.  The team needs to eventually get those precious International dollars from merchandising.

No wonder it took so long for the Canadians franachise to earn two consecutive victories under Cunnyworth.

Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:38 pm

Yes, there were protesters in Montreal

And French-Canadians wonder why nobody likes them...get over yourself you arrogant jagoffs.  The world does NOT revolve around you and what you want.

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