Sunday, December 05, 2004

Poutine, Like Wu-Tang, is For the Children

MONTREAL — Premier Jean Charest promised to re-engineer Quebec society when he took office. But his government's latest idea may be too much for Quebecers to digest.

It wants to ban the province's schools from serving poutine, that gooey concoction of french fries, gravy and cheese curds that really does prove Quebec is a distinct society. The move is a response to rising levels of juvenile obesity and early onset of diabetes, not to mention recent reports that many Quebec children are suffering from malnutrition because of too much sugar and starch.

But many Quebecers see it as heresy, like robbing Americans of apple pie or depriving the English of their tea and crumpets.

"Really, I don't think it's such a good idea to ban poutine," said Sophie Kiliaris, the manager of the Green Spot, a downtown greasy spoon that serves up the Québécois classic at least 50 times a day.

"Poutine is part of Quebec culture and people need it. A little poutine at school, once in a while, doesn't hurt anyone."


Full article here [þ: Neuroti.ca]

Oh Jean, with political suicides like these, is it any wonder you're off the federal scene? Dick's dream of Charest as NDP leader just died with this, the mere suggestion of banning poutine anywhere in Quebec. Banning unhealthy foods in schools is one thing, but to publicly single out poutine, that gooey emblem of Quebecois joie de vivre...Jean's lost his mind. Of course, if more robust poutines are what you're after, Mr. Charest, why not suggest an alternative?

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