Why is Yoda relevant this morning? Because we are seeing a bit of a fear to hate to suffering spiral in Quebec.
"Serge Provost, the leader of the Patriotic Militia of Quebec, is accused of making the threats against Hugo Shebbeare, an organizer of an anti-Bill 101 protest which was held on April 17 in Montreal." sourceBill 101 is the law that guarantees the supremacy of French in Quebec in all kinds of ways, including government, business, education and so on. Shebbeare wanted to protest this law since it is, ahem, rather unfortunate for the Anglophone minority.
Opposition/protest clearly does not justify death threats: '"I strongly advise you to tell your daughter you love her, and that you're doing this on her behalf, because you may not make it back home alive the night of April 17," said the message, which Shebbeare provided to CBC.'
This situation is a deviation from the non-violent, only mildly rude nationalist politics here in Quebec. Neither guy here is all that representative of his community. Most Anglophones do not like Bill 101, but have accepted it as a reality. They don't want it expanded to cover the smallest businesses, federal offices (except for Jack Layton and the NDP), or higher education (neither do Francophones on this last point). Francophones do not advocate violence against the Anglophone minority, except for the Patriotic Militia.
Still, the government is prosecuting Provost for issuing a death threat. The importance here is that this thus far has been all talk. But, as the wise Jedi Master suggests, fear and anger lead to hate and suffering. I know that I post a lot of critical stuff about Quebec nationalism here, and will continue to do so. But I will try to remember this ruckus and try to avoid the dark side of anger and hate.