Do artists cry over French?

Yesterday I made Denise Filiatraut cry. I’m not proud of it, it wasn’t on purpose.

I interviewed Madame Filiatrault about the documentary her daughter Danièle Lorain has made about her life, which will air tonight at 9pm on TVA.

But when I asked Denise what she thought of the result of the Léger poll, which gave the Parti Québécois a hungry score (9%) on voting intentions, she cried. “It’s horrible. I’m sorry about that. It is sad.”

When I heard that, I wondered why the artists who had supported the PQ, the independence cause and the French cause for so long are no longer around today…

  • Listen to the interview with Denise Filiatraut on Sophie Durocher’s show, which is broadcast live daily at 5:30 p.m. via QUB radio :


We must remind the youngest that on the evening of November 15, 1976, Denise Filiatraut was on stage with Doris Lussier to name one by one the elected PQ candidates when the Parti Québécois came to power. Those who remember remember that “Denise Filiatraut jumped everywhere”.

For all sorts of reasons, Quebec artists have abandoned the PQ over the years. You have the right.

But what makes me cry today, like Denise, is when I see young artists who don’t care about the Quebec cause like their first guitar.

When Air Canada CEO Michael Rousseau gave his famous speech in English, I wrote that I don’t understand why nobody spoke about it at the ADISQ Gala.

Yesterday we learned that CN’s board of directors doesn’t have a single francophonist, despite the company’s headquarters being in Montreal. How is it that such information no longer arouses passions? If you’re a francophone artist in Quebec, the cause of the crumbling language should be keeping you up at night, right?

On Wednesday, Balarama Holness called on the media to create a new provincial party by posting a bilingual message on Twitter. First in English, then in French. In another era, French as a second language in Quebec would have caused a stir at the Union des artistes.

But in 2022, nobody in the “artist community” is frizzing anymore, apart from Daniel Boucher, Patrice Coquereau, authors like Claude André or animators like Sophie Stanké.

Today, inclusion and diversity are the only big reasons young artists mobilize.

But when francophones are excluded, there is radio silence. In view of the lack of linguistic diversity, radio silence reigns.

  • You can also listen to Sophie Durocher’s editorial program live every day at 7 a.m. 50 over QUB radio :


In Danièle Lorain’s award-winning documentary, Denise Filiatrault and Michel Tremblay recall with emotion how much the game has played The sisters-in-law was important to Quebec. Because Denise Filiatraut fought against it, the play was performed because no other theater wanted it. And because Denise Filiatrault promised to appear in the play, the audience came to her in 1968.

As I watched the documentary, I thought to myself: There is no one on the CN board who understands the language of Germaine Lauzon and Marie-Ange Brouillette…

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