Another reason why I love my Québec class!

Today we were studying the political parties of Québec, and while discussing the Parti Québécois, our instructor showed us this clip from YouTube:

It's from a Québécois sketch comedy show, not unlike Saturday Night Live or This Hour Has 22 Minutes. It seems this particular sketch created a bit of a kerfuffle in Québec in 2006. It features impersonations of U.S. President George Bush and Canadian PM Stephen Harper in a parody of Brokeback Mountain, and doing a little hanky panky in a tent. This is funny in itself, because many see Harper as being politically "in bed" with Bush.

But what really got some people in the Parti Québécois upset was the punchline at the end -- that guy who pokes his head in the tent is André Boisclair, who at the time was the leader of the PQ and -- this is why it's funny -- is openly gay.

What he's saying when he pokes his head in is essentially, "Québec will have no part in this."

Quite a few members of the PQ found his appearance in the sketch comedy routine to be of questionable taste, and soon after, Boisclair resigned as leader of the PQ.


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