Parlez Vous Anti-Semitism? Wartime Jew-Hate: Alive And Well In Quebec

Written by Audrey Russo on July 21, 2013

Stéphane_Gendron“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.” ~Bertrand Russell

Quebec is the only French-speaking province in Canada, “La Belle Province.” It boasts the largest land mass province and the second most populated province in Canada. And sadly, it still reflects some of the most egregious Jew-hatred in North America…

According to Dr. Weinfeld of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (

Contemporary currents of elite and popular political thought are more likely to be anti-Israeli than in English Canada.
A September 2006 survey for the Association for Canadian Studies found higher proportions in Quebec – 38%, compared to the full Canadian average of 31% – attributing the last conflict in Lebanon to “Israel’s actions in the Middle East.”

This was alive and well during WWII, when a referendum on conscription in Canada in the spring of 1942, roundly defeated, displayed Quebec’s under-the-radar anti-Semitism. In the 1930s, there was a great deal of sympathy in Catholic Quebec society (Quebec was founded by Catholics), including French intellectual and elite segments, for Mussolini, Franco, and fascism in general. Attitudes with elites, although not on display, have changed little toward Jews … and, hence, the following example should be NO surprise…

Ever hear of Stéphane Gendron? You’ll discover, he’s not worth knowing. He’s the Mayor of the small town of Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada. Pop.: 2,457. Total Land: 1.00 sq mi. But in this tiny hamlet emanates a WHOLE lot of hate…

On Quebec’s TV Network, and the show Face a Face, Gendron put on unequivocal display, his tres grand ignorance concerning Israel and the so-called Palestinians:

“Products made in Israel on land stolen from the Palestinians that is walled in, in an apartheid regime where they are cut off, it’s very serious … And a country like that does not deserve to exist.” 

Monsieur Gendron needs to crawl out of his one square mile hateful hole of revisionist history, and see the light:

— Jews are indigenous to the land and have had a constant presence for over 3,000 years.

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Audrey Russo is the Host of the weekly REELTalk Radio Show (NYC). Audrey writes a column for and handles Middle East/National Security/Terrorism/Cultural Issues, and her articles can be read in several other news/opinion journals. She is also a contributor on Audrey's Radio Show can also be heard on the Leading Edge Radio Network. Audrey is also an active member of the NYC performing arts community as a singer and actor.