Five students at the University of Ottawa, four in student government, were conversing on Facebook, in the hallowed seclusion of privacy settings. Student elections were going on, so there were issues to talk about.
They discussed whether the student federation president, Anne-Marie Roy, with whom they worked, was from Trois-Rivières in Québec, or from Western Ontario. As an ignorant American, this is over my head, but I think the idea is that she claims to be from Trois-Rivières, but isn’t really. And how convenient is her story – a ‘super political strategy” – that she was born in Trois-Rivières but moved to Ontario as a child. I think. It seems like an Anglophone-Francophone twist on the old schoolyard complaint, “She thinks she’s so great.” People from Trois-Rivières are called trifluviens or trifluviennes.
Much worse was ugly talk about sex acts that might be performed on her. Bart Tremblay pronounced he’d be doing this. Specifically, he said, “Let me tell you something right now: the tri-fluvienne president will suck me off in her office chair and after I will fuck her in the ass on Pat’s desk.” (This is a translation from French. “Pat” is Pat Marquis, a participant in the conversation and a vice president in the federation.) The others were boisterously supportive and promised to buy him drinks if he did. There were allegations that Roy had an STD (chlamydia or syphilis) – but one student reassured “those get treated bro.”
Good thing this conversation wasn’t out in the open. Until someone took screenshots and sent them anonymously to Roy.