Only in Canada

(Quick translation to english on the bottom)
Det canadensiska parlamentet tycker att valet av Shane Doan som lagkapten för team Canada i VM är olämpligt. Det är nog något som bara kan hända i Canada att parlamentet diskuterar laguppställningar i hockey. Än värre är att de kräver att den canadensiska landslagsledningen ska ställas inför parlamentet för att redogöra för sitt val. Det är nästan humor. Tänk er svenska riksdagen kalla in Bengan Gustafsson för att redogöra för sin laguppställning av Tre Kronor…

Skälet då?

Jo, Shane Doan har en gammal anklagelse på sig om att ha avgivit att rasistiskt tillmäle till en fransk-canadensisk linjedomare i en match. Jag hitar inte vad han ska ha sagt, men det ger inte mer en 1,0 gånger pengarna att gissa på frog. Notera grodan i just Quebec på den här bloggen, jag undrar när canadensiska parlamentet kallar in mig? Shane Doan friades för övrigt från anklagelsen av NHL vilket gör saken ännu löjligare.

Internationella ishockeyförbundets ordförande, René Fasels, kommentar i fallet är både bra och underhållande:

”We simply cannot have parliaments or governments interfering in things like the selection of a captain of a national team. Hockey Canada, its president Bob Nicholson, Team Canada’s officials here in Moscow and, of course, Shane Doan have my personal support and the IIHF’s full support in this matter. Also, personally, I cannot understand how Canada’s national assembly can find time to deal with issues like these. I am very, very surprised, not to say shocked.”

Jag kan inte annat än hålla med. René Fasel som fransk-schweizare är själv medveten om hur det är att vara språklig minoritet. Att han dessutom är ordförande i IOK:s koordinationskommitté för OS i Vancouver, Canada, gör saken ännu roligare. Nu ligger förvisso Vancouver närmare Phoenix där Shane Doan är lagkapten i Coyotes än det ligger grodcanada…

 The canadian parliament thinks that the choise of Shane Doan as captain of Team Canada is inapropriate. That’s something that can only happen in Canada, the parliament discussing hockey line ups. Even worse is that they summoned Hockey Canada officials to explain their choice of Doan. That’s almost humor. Imagine the swedish parliament summoning Bengan Gustafsson (General Manager swedish national team) to explain the line up for Tre Kronor (swedish national team).

And for what reason? 

Well, Shane Doan has an old accusation about racial slur aganst a french-canadian linesman towards him. I can’t find what he said but odds are low for something like frog. That Shane Doan was freed from the accusations by the NHL makes it even more rediculous. The IIHF chairman’s comment on this matter is both good and entertaining: 

”We simply cannot have parliaments or governments interfering in things like the selection of a captain of a national team. Hockey Canada, its president Bob Nicholson, Team Canada’s officials here in Moscow and, of course, Shane Doan have my personal support and the IIHF’s full support in this matter. Also, personally, I cannot understand how Canada’s national assembly can find time to deal with issues like these. I am very, very surprised, not to say shocked.”

I can only agree. René Fasel, beeing av frech-swiss is fully aware of how it is beeing in a linguistical minority. That he also is the chairman of the Coordination Commission for Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, makes it even more fun. Vancouver is however closer to Phoenix, where Shane Doan plays hockey, than it is to frogcanada…

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3 Responses to Only in Canada

  1. […] den intressanta historien om sura grodcanadensare mot Canadas hockeylandslags kapten, Shane Doan (del 1, del2). Särskilt inte som han just svarat med att sätta ett hat-trick i matchen mot Vitryssland. […]

  2. Chimera skriver:

    Thank you very much for the translation! As you say, I cannot imagine this happening in any other country.

    But what other country do you know of that allows the election of political parties whose main purpose is to destroy the country?

  3. georgine skriver:

    Only a handful of Bloc politician wanting to stir up a language debate are the cause of all this. Once it hit the HoC procedure had to be followed. Now they all owe Shane and his team and Canada a huge apology. Especially MPs Malo and Corderre.

    What was said was, ”F*cking Frenchmen, They did great!”. To this they take offense? On the ice of an NHL game in Dec 2005? Now they get angry? Sheesh! Get a life! Someone did say it, that is agreed but everyone also agrees it was not Shane. What Shane said was to his goalie (to calm him down, ”Four French refs in Montreal, figure it out Cuje!”. I suspect the call was not a good one.

    The Bloc is not having a good year, for all the money they have been pulling in. I guess they needed to stir things up in Parliament a bit.

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