harper-saywhat-tremblay-thumb-1.jpg
harper-saywhat-tremblay-thumb-1.jpg This article is more than 5 years old

Stephen Harper’s dream candidate explains comment on “black people” and “negroes”

So apparently we’re not done with racially divisive comments by politicians linked to Stephen Harper. Jean Tremblay, a high-profile mayor in Quebec, wants everyone to know that “there are people working like negroes” in Saguenay, Quebec. Immediately realizing why his comment during a radio interview Friday could be a problem, Tremblay — who was courted […]

So apparently we’re not done with racially divisive comments by politicians linked to Stephen Harper.

Jean Tremblay, a high-profile mayor in Quebec, wants everyone to know that “there are people working like negroes” in Saguenay, Quebec.

Immediately realizing why his comment during a radio interview Friday could be a problem, Tremblay — who was courted by Harper to run for the Conservatives in 2015 as recently as last week — clarified what he actually meant to say:

“Excuse the expression,” he said.

“Because we know a black person works hard. They don’t have big salaries, but they work hard, those people. It is in that sense that I mean it.  And those people, I pity them.  They give their life for a minimum wage.  And they have trouble making ends meet.”

And up until only four days ago, Tremblay was considering a run for the Conservative Party after apparently being approached by the Tories and the Liberals; Tremblay, who appeared at a campaign-style event for Harper during the 2008 campaign because he’s “closer to Conservatives values, the moral values of Conservatives,” announced Monday he would stay on as mayor.

He hinted, though, he was keeping the door open to changing his mind in the future.

Tremblay landed in trouble with his “blacks” comment just days after making headlines for appearing in a widely ridiculed YouTube video calling on citizens “to mobilize against Greenpeace and the intellectuals of this world.”

Tremblay’s comments follow a series of outbursts about race by Conservatives.

On March 8, Conservative MP John Williamson faced a heavy backlash after he characterized the Temporary Foreign Worker Program as a matter of “brown people” taking the jobs of “whities”:

“I’m going to put this in terms of colours but it’s not meant to be about race, it makes no sense to pay ‘whities’ to stay home while we bring in brown people to work in these jobs.”

Williamson’s comments came after a long string of racially polarizing messages by Harper’s Conservatives dating back to early January.

Photo: La Presse

Help us protect Canadians by holding the powerful accountable.

Journalism is an important public service. That’s why PressProgress is prioritizing stories aimed at keeping Canadians safe and holding the powerful accountable during the coronavirus pandemic.

Please consider supporting our award-winning non-profit news organization so we can keep making a positive impact for Canadians.

 

Support Our Journalism
PressProgress
PressProgress is an award-winning non-profit news organization focused on uncovering and unpacking the news through original investigative and explanatory journalism.

Most Shared

thumb-2021-02-017 News

Rex Murphy: Don’t Listen to ‘Television and Radio’, They Want You to Believe That Climate Change is Real

Related Stories

News

Doug Ford’s Government Is Looking For Private ‘Corporations’ To Perform Eye Surgeries In Ontario

View the post

Possible Leadership Run By Right-Wing Social Media Personality Sounds Alarm Bells Inside BC Liberal Party

View the post
News

Teachers Must Stay On School Premises Even If No In-Person Classes Are Scheduled, Ontario School Board Says

View the post

Explainers

Human rights and inclusion

Amira Elghawaby

Why The Full Impact of Hate Groups on Targeted Communities Is Not Captured By Hate Crime Statistics

View the post
Power and democracy

Andrea Reimer

How The COVID-19 Pandemic Revealed Canada’s Most Powerful People Have Less Power Than They Think

View the post