Saint John — A Port City man who can’t spell mass immigration, let alone explain what it entails, is strongly opposed to it, according to his many Facebook posts on the matter.
Jack Vienneau, 52, has been sharing articles and social media posts by People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier, in support of some controversial billboards reading “Say NO to Mass Immigration.”
“It’s to [sic] easy for these people to come over hear [sic] and get a free ride,” wrote Vienneau in a recent Facebook rant. “I think Maxine Berner [sic] and the People’s Party have the right idea about mass imgraton [sic]! If you can’t speak English or French and you don’t share are [sic] values, than why should we let you into Canadia [sic]?”
The Manatee took Vienneau out to his favourite local restaurant — owned and operated by Syrian imimigrants — to interview him on why he takes such a strong stance against immigration.
“Because we can’t have people in this country who don’t share our values and don’t know the first thing about Canada!” claimed the man who couldn’t give a single example of a “Canadian value.”
“Now don’t get me wrong, here — I’m not opposed to all immigrants, just the bad kind. And of course I don’t care for refugees either.”
We asked Vienneau what a “bad” immigrant might look like.
“Oh, you know what I mean. The ones who just come to take our jobs,” he spat, while trying to flag down a waiter to ask for more delicious Syrian cuisine. “It’s ruining our economy. All they do is mooch off the government. Now, I get my E.I. cheque every two weeks just like most New Brunswickers, but that’s my god-given right. I was born here in Saint John, after all.”
Our reporter brought along some sample questions that appear on the Canadian citizenship test, just to see how Vienneau would fare if subjected to the kind of quizzing newcomers endure.
How are members of parliament chosen?
Vienneau: “I think it’s a call-in situation, like with American Idol. Voting over the phone. Right?”
Who is your member of parliament?
Vienneau: “Hm. I’m not sure but I wanna say Don Darling?”
Next question: What is the significance of the discovery of insulin by Sir Frederick Banting and Charles Best?
Vienneau: “Well without them I wouldn’t have my diabetus meds.”
Next question: What does the word “Inuit” mean?
Vienneau: “Sounds like a flavour of ice cream, maybe?”
Next question: What does it mean to say that Canada is a constitutional monarchy?
Vienneau: “I’m pretty sure that means we still keep up to date on news about Will and Kate, and Harry and that new one. Meghan?”
Having failed misterably, Vienneau brushed off further questons by adding that if too many immigrants try to “come over here,” he’ll just have to go back to France where his ancestors originated, to finally get away from them all.