Some members of FD organized a rally against the appointment of Michelle Jean as Governor General of Canada, though why they did so is anyone's guess. The Globe and Mail reported
that "the weekend protest was mired in accusations of racism by a second group of about 20 people claiming the demonstrators' objections to Ms. Jean are based on her skin colour, and not her alleged ties to Quebec separatists.
Protest organizer Debbie Jodoin, a member of the conservative group Free Dominion, denied the allegation, saying the protest had nothing to do with Ms. Jean's race but rather the controversy surrounding her appointment."
Indeed there was controversy over the ties of Jean's husband with Quebec separatists, followed by allegations that Michelle Jean may be a separatist. Over at FD, it appears Jean is guilty until proven innocent. Despite a lack of evidence conclusively showing that Jean is a separatist, FD organized a rally to tar and feather her.
From the Ottawa Sun
comes this account: "I think it's a black thing," said Anne Clarke.
"Canadians are not informed about the role of black people" in the country, Clarke said, adding that the protesters have said they want "Canada to be the way it was."
The posts at Free Dominion do little to dispel Clarke's argument. Here is what some FD members had to say
upon hearing that Hatian immigrants in Montreal held a church service for Jean.
"Where is the separation of voodoo dolls and state? Mixing religion and politics is simply un-Canadian. Ms. Jean's appointment will no doubt signify a shrunken head in every pot and a dead cow in every garage.""I was going to hold onetoday too but couldnt find any chickens to sacrafice.""I don't want a french citizen, separatist freak as my GG, in a way I find it offensive to my English-Canadian heritage"
These were not made by new members, people infiltrating FD to make it look bad; one of the posters had nearly 1500 comments and another other over 8000.
Again from the Ottawa Sun:
"Protest organizer Debbie Jodoin fought back against the allegations, saying the protest has nothing to do with Jean's race, but rather the controversy surrounding her appointment. Jodoin questioned whether she was the appropriate choice to represent the Queen in Canada."Who comes first, Madame Jean? Quebec, France, or Canada? Madame Jean, where do your loyalties lie?" asked Jodoin, calling attention to Jean's dual citizenship with France."
An FDer backed up her claims
saying, "Do Haitians receive automaic French citizenship because the Hitler loving French state was once the colonial overlord of Haitti? Didn't think so. Yet Jean grovelled before her country's former colnial overlords and received the special 30 pieces of silver Judas Kiss in the form of specially granted French Master Race citizenship. She obviosly likes being on her knees before her Masters. Their were such like people as her who sold out thei countries to Hitler and Stalin. Congratulations for a job well done, Jean."
The FD argument against Jean seems to grow weaker with every post. Are we expected to believe Michaelle Jean should not be governor general because of the presence of controversy or a duel citizenship? Should her intellectualism and public relations knowledge count for nothing?
"Few Canadians outside of Quebec know of Jean, while there are other Canadians better known and more accomplished who should have been appointed, said Jodoin, who has also been involved in rallies for Canadian troops and a demonstration against gay marriage.
"As for the argument that Jean is not well-known outside of Quebec, Clarke said many of the names tossed about as candidates for governor general are not known across the nation.
"There are a lot of people in the west and in the east we don't know. Is that saying there is something wrong with them because I don't know their history?"
Jean must fight off the fringes to claim her appointment since not only is she black, or Quebecois; she is both black and
Quebecois (with a French citizenship).