Friday, 2 November 2012

Poppy Politics: Remembrance, Inc. & Quebec

Another Remembrance Day dust-up has emerged in what has become an almost annual event unto itself. Quebec Premier Pauline Marois raised the ire of several groups - including some veterans - but particularly anglophones and the Royal Canadian Legion. Marois's crime is, in essence, copyright infringement. She adapted the poppy to include the Fleur-de-lis at its centre.

Mariois's crime, of course, is magnified by the fact that she is - as critics and the media so dutifully remind us whenever the opportunity arises - a sovereigntist. As such she is automatically making a political statement, using the sacrifice of Canadian veterans - my phrasing is deliberate - to advance her own machinations for a sovereign Quebec.