Barbara Kay: There’s honour, and history, in being old stock #elxn42

I’m not understanding the fuss about Harper’s “old stock” remarks. I get that Jacques Parizeau once used it in a nasty context (drunk post-referendum loss bitterness, implying the “real” Québécois descended from the original 14 French families who came over in the year dot, had been sabotaged by “money [read Jews] and the ethnic vote [read Greeks, Italians and what-have-you].” But as Andrew Coyne explains in his Sept. 22 column, it has also been used in many entirely neutral contexts. And what it means, Coyne says, is simply “folks whose families have been here for a while.”

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