Verboczy has been sitting at the hearings for Bill 14 and wrote in September 2012 about how anglophones are paranoid and obsessed over language laws and see francophones as xenophobic racists.
De Courcy downplayed the controversy, saying the articles were part of his past life - all the more reason why he shouldn't be their aide. It appears the criteria to be part of the PQ government is to have no tolerance for minorities, actively drive a wedge in language politics and encourage francophones to discriminate against the "maudit anglais."
However De Courcy dismissed Liberal charges for her to fire Verboczy saying, “This is a Liberal opposition that is trying to hit this person's credibility but also, mainly, it's their way to strike at my own credibility.”
Well, for the record, unrelated to anything political, if the mandate of the Quebec government is to unite all Quebecers towards a common future, then hiring a person who you knew had a divisive history and mentality would raise questions on your credibility of your mandate. De Courcy's mandate is to encourage the growth and strength of an already strong Quebec culture, not encourage a witch hunt against non-francophones and breed hatred toward non-francophones for political motive.
“With that kind of lack of respect, how can this person then become an advisor to the minister on Bill 14 which divides Quebecers,” said Liberal MNA Geoff Kelley.
Or this woman in the metro that went balistic over the matter, and to Verboczy's surprise, she isn't an anglophone.
The Parti Quebecois which won a minority government with only 32% of the popular vote thinks it represents all Quebecers when in fact it does not, not even close. Recent polling trends put the PQ at only 28% and with good reason, they don't represent Quebecers nor francophones or anglophones. It goes to show that their separatist support is bleeding, massively to the Quebec Solidaire who joined the Liberals in condemning De Courcy's judgement saying that her aide should apologize to anglophones, something that likely won't happen.
And to De Courcy's aide who so ignorantly discriminates against anglophones, perhaps it is time he got a lesson about the reality of the situation. Every anglophone in Quebec is the francophone of Canada, a minority that feels it is under attack. The two groups of minorities, however, have very different characteristics. The anglophone majority in the rest of Canada isn't obsessed over language and telling Quebecers to speak English and the anglophone majority in the rest of Canada isn't spewing hatred towards the francophone minority. Instead, in Quebec, we have a minority of radical french separatists that manipulate their way to power and use this power to spread hate and prejudice against anglophones. How fair is that?