: Here in Canada, our lovely Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau,
: was attending a press conference in Montreal, Quebec:
: A woman asked Trudeau about what's being done to decrease the
: wait times in the Emergency Rooms at our local Hospitals?
: She asked this question in English.
: Prime Minister Trudeau answered her question in French.
: Not addressing the lady in English + French....but ONLY IN FRENCH.
: When asked why Trudeau did not respond to the woman in her spoken
: language, which was English, his reply was....
: => "We are in Quebec, therefore we speak French" !!!!!!
While I most emphatically agree with John Birchler above that we should leave politics in general off of this board - just too contentious and capable of fracturing even long-term friendships - some songs as John notes are by their very nature political and consequently do fit here.
Now the Trudeau incident that you describe above might fit better in relation to the two songs here below (and BTW have nothing to do with DT). Your situation in Canada, a place in which I have spent probably eight months of my life, mostly in the west, is different from ours in the USA in that the deepest-rooted and most fundamental conflicts are social and historical and both transcend and go far deeper than the politics of any party or prime minister. And of course - some of your best folk musicians have dealt with that.
My original intent here was simply to post GL's tune, which for me is FAR superior to Ian Tyson's - Lightfoot after all sings in both English and (passable) French - but where Gord tries in an inimitably gentle way to express the roots of the problem, Tyson's tune expresses more directly the Anglophone's plaint about living in a society in which a large chunk of the country still wants nothing to do with you or your language.
Both are quality songs. Tyson's is very good; Lightfoot's is great, IMO. Both songs are political, both songs are a gloss on the Trudeau incident, and both songs avoid bashing the opposition.
I'm sure you know them both, but I thought it would be fun to post a folk song msg with political overtones based on the songs.
Have a great time in Hawaii!
Lightfoot - "Nous Vivons Ensemble"
Ian and Sylvia - "Song For Canada"