Oh Canada

In the words of Instapundit, “Heh.”

Canada’s government on Friday condemned a show by U.S. late-night television host Conan O’Brien that insulted people in French-speaking Quebec and seemed to suggest everyone in the province was homosexual.

Ottawa and the province of Ontario paid $760,000 to help O’Brien — who appears on the NBC television network — bring his show to Toronto for a week to boost the city’s profile after a deadly SARS outbreak last year.

But the federal government said O’Brien had gone far too far with the show broadcast on Thursday in which he went to Quebec, a province which has had separatist governments for much of the last 20 years and is a delicate political topic in Canada.

“We want to disassociate ourselves from the comments which were broadcast last night because we do not support them in any way,” junior government minister Mauril Belanger told Parliament.

At one point in the show, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog — a hand puppet that is a regular on the show — said to a Quebecer: “You’re French, you’re obnoxious and you no speekay English.” It told another: “I can smell your crotch from here.”

O’Brien’s team were also shown replacing street signs in the province with those that read “Quebecqueer Street” and “Rue des Pussies.”

The subject of Quebec is a sensistive public political issue, only because the Canadians have tolerated the subject for so long. I bet the rest of Canada agreed with Triumph — the Canadians I know would have.

The Canadian government has for too long tried to be insult free and nice. As a result, its spine has atrophied.

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  • Agreed with Triumph? What an odd thing to say. We can poke fun at stereotypes but to actually agree with them shows an obvious lack of depth.