4 février 2016

Quand le Klu Klux Klan s'en prenait aux Canadiens français...

Un autre chapitre occulté de la belle histoire aseptisée du Canadâ:

Many of the immigrants to what are now the Western provinces of Canada, were French-speaking and by the early 1920s, they were outnumbered by non-French European immigrants, especially from Scotland and Ireland.

Starting in 1924, Klu Klux Klan flaming crucifixes were lit on the soil of Canada's maritime provinces to intimidate the French and Roman Catholics.

(...) On November 24, 1922, the French college, College de Saint-Boniface (now the l'Université de Saint-Boniface) was set aflame by arsonists. It was the only post-secondary French-language school west of Quebec. One teacher and nine students were burnt alive unable to escape the burning building. Forty-thousands books were lost as were the remains of several French explorers.

The Fire Commissioner for Manitoba, Charles Heath investigated but curiously ordered the hearing to proceed in camera. It was only opened to the public when the Manitoba Free Press made a formal request to the provincial government.

The Heath inquiry was unable to determine the cause of the fire even though eye-witnesses saw an unknown man near the College grounds late the previous night. The Free Press raised the spectre of Klan involvement.

The hatred of the Klan, though, burned on. Ontario, in 1925, had 1,100 Klan members, and in Saskatchewan, the Klan boasted of 125 local clubs.

In June of 1927, the Klan held a rally in Moose Jaw, attracting 7,000 white hooded members. The rally protested angrily against French language rights.

A year later, another rally, this time in Regina and then in Melfort. The Klan was so popular that their national treasurer, dentist Walter Davey Cowan was elected to the House of Commons as a Member of Parliament for Regina in 1930 (as a Conservative).



2 commentaires:

fylouz a dit…

Waow... Le Klan au Canada, et après ça McLean's va encore traiter les Québécois de racistes. Waow...

Prof Solitaire a dit…

Ouais, on est une belle gang de salauds...