Quebec And Non-Quebec Canadians Were Kind Of At War


Ontario, Canada
July 6, 1977
Well, it finally happened! The other day (after my milk shake) the rain stopped. When I walked outside it started clearing, and, in another two hours, sunshine. The wind remained, however. I spent last night in a nice wooded area, close to houses, but hidden from view. Today has been beautiful, wind about 5-15 mph, not head on, and warm– almost hot. This was one of my 90-100 mile days, and I wanted to keep right on going. I stopped because I sent for money that would probably arrive in Ottawa in two more days. I’ll spend tomorrow cruising into town (60 or 70 miles) and try to find a youth hostel. It’s past time for a shower and washed clothes. My last shower was back in New Brunswick; washed clothes go all the way back to Nova Scotia. Why can’t everyday be like today (without the wind, though)! See, I’m never satisfied. For supper, after stopping at a fruit growers gathering, I had two peaches and a quart of strawberries. Oh yeah, I also picked up an English-speaking radio station. That was an exciting event. It was the only time I ever wanted the music to stop just so I could listen to the disc jockey. Also, I’m getting $100. from my credit union. They’re sending it to a bank in Ottawa. I’m not going to punish myself anymore. I need my five to seven stops a day. That’s what keeps me happy.
July 7
Yesterday was okay biking–a little rain and cloudy. Just before Ottawa, I met another bicycler who welcomed me back to civilization. Apparently, Quebec was kind of at war with non Quebec Canadians. According to my new friend, a new political party—the Parti Québécois was established for the purpose of seeking an independent Quebec. My friend told me that on this side of river, the river that separated Quebec from Ontario, the people were just regular people, and I’d have to say that so far I agree. After talking with that friendly biker, the animosity I encountered while biking Quebec became more understandable.
[Parti Québécois Secession_of_Quebec In the 1976 election, the PQ won 71 seats — a majority in the National Assembly. With voting turnouts high, 41.4 percent of the electorate voted for the PQ.]

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About me: Marvin Gaye’s song, "What’s Going On" was playing on the jukebox when I went up to the counter and bought another cup of coffee. When I got back, the painting on the wall next to where I was sitting jumped out at me, the same way it had done many times before. On it was written a diatribe on creativity. It was the quote at the bottom, though, that brought me back to this seat time after time. The quote had to do with infinity; it went something like this: Think of yourself as being in that place where infinity comes together in a point; where the infinite past and the infinite future meet, where you are at right now. The quote was attributed to Hermann Hesse, but I didn’t remember reading it in any of the books that I had read by him, so I went out and bought Hesse’s last novel, Magister Ludi. I haven’t found the quote yet, but I haven't tired of looking for it either.
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5 Responses to Quebec And Non-Quebec Canadians Were Kind Of At War

  1. frizztext says:

    Quebec was kind of at war with non Quebec Canadians. According to my new friend, a new political party—the Parti Québécois was established for the purpose of seeking an independent Quebec – I remember!

  2. I think we can find pockets of stubborn orneriness almost anywhere. People!

    • bwinwnbwi says:

      Feeling comes first, reason second. I (most people) respond to life’s moments first–be it neutral, good, or bad. Moments begin the inquiry; after that it’s about information gained through understanding. Judgements are based upon one’s understanding. My autobiographical writing is first about feelings encountered, and then understanding. It would be dishonest of me not write about–first impressions. For the record, I thought the independence movement of Quebec was an excellent example of democracy in practice. If the vote was there Quebec would now be independent. When it comes to self-determination I always respond positively (to injustice and violence, not so much). Thanks for all the comments regarding this post!

  3. ElizOF says:

    Yes they are passionate about their beliefs… and it is best to be neutral on these journeys… right? 🙂

  4. zentango says:

    excellent article….thank you for liking our post on Chaplain and the tango…come visit us in Rome sometime

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