A French-language rights group is demanding an apology from Prime Minister Stephen Harper for a controversial poster hanging at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
The poster — used to advertise the embassy's Canada Day party — featured a picture of French explorer Samuel de Champlain holding a plate of poutine, Quebec's famous delicacy made with fries, cheese curds and gravy.
Perreault compared the poutine image to using a hotdog to promote English Canada.
The embassy removed the poutine from the poster as soon as Impératif Français complained, but Perreault said further steps are warranted.
He said Foreign Minister David Emerson should apologize, and Michael Wilson, Canada's ambassador to the U.S., should resign.
Really? Would anyone in English Canada be offended if a poster for a party had a picture of Sir John A holding a hot dog? I'd go so far as to wager that there have probably been posters made of him holding a beer.
If the poster had have had Champlain holding a hamburger it would of been seen as trying to anglicize him. If he had have been holding nothing it would have been construed as an attempt to make it look like French Canada doesn't know how to have fun. And let's not even start on the outrage if the poster didn't include a French-Canadian icon.
Somebody just wants to complain about something.
In sum- a special interest group wants an ambassador to resign over a poster of a French guy holding a food item made famous in Quebec.