Quebec singer accuses CBC of racism
The Hamilton Spectator, March 6
MONTREAL – A legendary Quebec singer who says he hoped music could bridge the two solitudes is calling CBC-TV "racist" for cutting all of the francophone singers out of a Toronto concert broadcast.
Claude Dubois said he was shocked Monday when he watched CBC's taped broadcast of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame gala and found that the francophone performances had failed to make the show.
This led to a tirade in Le Journal de Montreal where Dubois proclaimed that francophone Quebecers are "like a stain for the anglophones of Toronto."
Dubois, who joined Paul Anka as modern-era inductees at the hall of fame, was still outraged today but he directed his ire at the CBC instead of Toronto.
"Imagine a gala where we invite several anglophone artists but we take them off the air because they're anglophones," Dubois told The Canadian Press.
"We call that racism."
Dubois' career spans more than 40 years and includes performances with such leading Quebec singers as Gilles Vigneault.
He has been described as Quebec's "last authentic bohemian" and its "first real punk."