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http://www.montrealgazette.com/entertainment/Heritage+minister+disses+Canadiens/2981911/story.html


By Mike De Souza



OTTAWA – Federal Heritage Minister James Moore is being urged to review his hockey history books after promoting his hometown Vancouver Canucks as the Canadian team to cheer for in the Stanley Cup playoffs.


“The Canucks are Canada's team in these playoffs,” Moore wrote last Saturday on his personal page on the twitter.com social-networking website. “Plus, they're wearing those handsome Canadian Alliance-esque blue/green jerseys.”


Moore’s hockey trash talk about the Canucks prompted some criticism and amusement from Quebec-born politicians who cheer for the century-old Montreal Canadiens. Both teams are in the midst of a second-round series in the playoffs.


“This is the minister of heritage?” asked NDP Leader Jack Layton after the daily question period in the House of Commons. “He is supposed to know something about Canadian history.”

Liberal MP Justin Trudeau also quickly fired back at Moore on the social-networking site with his own tweet.


“You don’t have to like the Habs, but you could show a little more respect,” wrote Trudeau, who represents the Papineau riding in Montreal.


As for Gilles Duceppe, the Bloc Quebecois leader appeared to be amused by Moore’s tweet.


“He’s absolutely right,” Duceppe told reporters. “Vancouver is Canada’s team, and I say that Montreal is Quebec’s team.”


According to figures released last week, the seventh game of the first-round series between the Canadiens and the Washington Capitals had the highest audience ever for a hockey game on the TSN television network, while in Quebec, nearly half of the population tuned in to the RDS television network for the final minutes of the series as Montreal eliminated the No. 1 ranked team in the NHL.


“I don’t know if (Moore) had any friends in Montreal before, but he may have lost a few,” said Liberal MP Pablo Rodriguez, who represents Honore-Mercier riding in Montreal. “We’re very proud of our team here and what they’ve done and we’re quite confident in the future. And you know what? The minister should not pick a (single) Canadian team. He should cheer for all Canadian teams because we’re all Canadian, even in Montreal.”



But Moore, the MP for Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam, B.C., said his critics should “lighten up” since he’s cheering for the team from his own hometown.


Meantime, Layton said that the only Canadian team was the one that just won the gold medal at the Olympics. But he added that he wouldn’t mind seeing both Canadian-based NHL teams having success for the remainder of the playoffs.


“I would enjoy watching, as many Canadians would, the Montreal Canadiens up against the Canucks and that would be an exciting Canadian match, but I think he'd better go back and study his history books,” Layton said. “I thought the prime minister was writing a book about hockey. Maybe he'd better go and read the draft.”


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LOL...its amazing what passes for news these days. So some minister thinks the Canucks are Canada's team. Cool. Great. Remind me again, why should anyone care what he thinks????
 

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I am happy he thinks the Canucks are Canadas team but that doesnt mean Montreal doesnt have a chance. He shouldnt be talking like that,maybe Canadiens will get farther ahead then the Canucks. It'll be funny if both Canadiens and Canucks meet in the Stanley Cup Finals.
 

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I am happy he thinks the Canucks are Canadas team but that doesnt mean Montreal doesnt have a chance. He shouldnt be talking like that,maybe Canadiens will get farther ahead then the Canucks. It'll be funny if both Canadiens and Canucks meet in the Stanley Cup Finals.
I dont see the Habs making it to the SCF. Even if they manage to beat the Pens, they will still have to deal with Philly or Boston (most likely Boston).
I honestly dont expect Vancouver nor Montreal to make it to the SCF. Im thinking its going to be San Jose vs Boston in the SCF.
 

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I dont see the Habs making it to the SCF. Even if they manage to beat the Pens, they will still have to deal with Philly or Boston (most likely Boston).
I honestly dont expect Vancouver nor Montreal to make it to the SCF. Im thinking its going to be San Jose vs Boston in the SCF.
You were correct about the Vancouver part but Montreal has really improved during these playoffs,they defeated both elite teams,both Washington and Pittsburgh so I dont think Boston or Philly will be much of a problem if they continue to play like they are.

Seems like the Minister was wrong as the Vancouver Canucks were eliminated while the Montreal Canadiens advanced to the Conference finals.
 

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Come on... If there's a team with the most support across the country, thus being Canada's team........ It isn't the Canucks.

It will always be the Leafs and/or Habs in a landslide.

Daryl
Okay,but I would like to know the reasons to why the user said:

I can't even begin to describe how much the Canucks are not Canada's team.
I can't even begin...isn't that bit of an exaggeration? I know the Canucks probably aren't but if you look at it,recently they've been the most successful franchise of all Canadas teams in the NHL , but the past of the Leafs and Habs franchise years are good which is why they would obviously win.
 

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I can't even begin...isn't that bit of an exaggeration? I know the Canucks probably aren't but if you look at it,recently they've been the most successful franchise of all Canadas teams in the NHL , but the past of the Leafs and Habs franchise years are good which is why they would obviously win.
It doesn't seem like an exaggeration to me. The Oilers had a serious dynasty at one time; 5 Cups in 6 years, and the Leafs & Habs were still "Canada's team". In the midst of being an overwhelming powerhouse, the Leafs or Habs would come to town, and thousands of their fans would (and still do) show up to support their team. None of the other Canadian teams have the kind of support across the country. Even then, it's not just winning that makes it so, or the Leafs would just be Toronto's team, since they've had a dry spell dating back to the late '60s.

I'm with Maurice Richard on this one, but would re-state it to say "I can't even begin to describe how much any club in this country other than the Leafs or Habs are Canada's team".

Daryl
 
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