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François Gendron has used the expression “working like a nigger” in front of a class of students of the school La Camaradière.
The mp of the parti québecois and vice-president of the national Assembly, François Gendron apologized, Wednesday morning, to have used the word “negro” in front of the secondary school students of Quebec.
“In 2017, compared to the presence of legitimate diversity, it is an expression that has no business use “, he agreed. “We don’t have the right to use this expression in the context of today “, he added.
CTV revealed on Tuesday that François Gendron has used the expression “working like a nigger” in front of a class of students of the school La Camaradière, to whom he presented the functioning of the national Assembly. It was a reference to the great work to which he was bound when he was minister of natural Resources.
He said it without wanting to offend anyone, he is excused from it, use it more and for me, that’s enough.
The leader of the parti québecois Jean-François Lisée
In a letter of complaint, the school management wrote that “some of the students are haitians and africans have been shocked by the use of this expression,” according to CTV.
The choice of words of the vice-president of the national Assembly was ” moved, because the word “negro” is pejorative, ” said the secondary school.
“She wanted to have a letter of apology, I gave her one, and it is all settled “, settled François Gendron.
“He said it without wanting to offend anyone, he is excused from it, use it more and for me, that’s enough “, has also responded to its conductor, Jean-François Lisée. “As society evolves, as we get more aware of the importance of equality and the impact of certain words in the face of some communities, especially when we are public figures, we must pay attention. And it, it is an expression to be banned “, he concluded.
The Immigration minister, David Heurtel, said he hopes that this episode becomes an opportunity to “sensitize and educate” the population on the reasons for which ” this word is completely unacceptable.”
“We had an episode similar around the program, double Occupancy. That is what we have done ? One responded, he recalled. The fact is that we are in 2017. Regardless of the generation to which we belong, we must all evolve. “
— With Marco Bélair-Cirino