Uhm, I don’t know what to make of this so , well… let’s just run with it ok? St. John’s Telegram reports the following story today that claims that many people of Acadian or French Canadian heritage may actually be Jews! Common surnames include LeBlanc, Bourgeois, Landry, Mallet, Doucet, Vienneau and many more. Bernard Landry, pictured here, is the head of the Nationalist Parti QuÃ©bÃ©cois – the official opposition. The advent to power of the PQ in 1976 is often cited as a reason for a subsequent major anglo and Jewish exodus from Quebec. Here’s the story:
Cajun or Jewish?
July 29, 2004 Thursday Final Edition
Jackie Bourque is in the eye of a whirlwind of mixed emotions since discovering she and thousands of others in Atlantic Canada may have been misled over many centuries about their Acadian heritage.
“I had been led to believe I was a Cajun girl and that we had to maintain our French … and not mix with the English,” says the Bathurst, N.B. native who is currently living in Quebec.
“It took me several weeks to actually accept that I am Jewish more than I am Acadian,” says Jackie, who believes she has stumbled upon a little-known or little-discussed fact: that many of the familiar Acadian surnames are more likely of Jewish origin than of French.
“People will not generally accept this,” she says, “because they have been brainwashed.”
EVIDENCE CLINCHED IT
Jackie was finally convinced by the evidence of “a Semitic stain,” a birthmark common among Acadians and which proponents claim identifies them with their Sephardic Crypto-Jewish ancestors who fled to southern France from Spain during the Inquisition (1478-808).
The deal for the Jews fleeing to France was “change your name and convert” to the Roman Catholic faith, says Jackie.
Our so-called French ancestors who immigrated here during the 17th and 18th centuries have surnames found among census of Jews who were condemned and sought by the Inquisition, she claims.
Bourque is one, as is LeBlanc, Bourgeois, Landry, Mallet, Doucet, Vienneau, Lamarche and many more.
“When the person has the name and the ‘stain’ to boot, then how can they deny their identity?” says Jackie, who has the birthmark.
“I’ve been doing my own personal research with all these names, just among the people I meet, or neighbours and, definitely, they all have either the pinkish dots in the neck at the hairline, or some browning/blackish splat on their back.
“Others have it at the waistline. I have also found some have it on their arm at the shoulder level.
“To prove my point, when I find out their names, I immediately tell them about the Semitic stain, otherwise, they could say, ‘Ah, you’re just making this up.’ ”
Jackie refers us to French Sephard-im, one online source that backs this theory, located at www.geocities.com/sephardim2003/
For more information contact: Jackie Bourque, 110-110 de Navarre, St. Lambert, QC J4S 1R6; telephone: (450) 923-3579; e-mail: jackie.bourque @sympatico.ca.