Re: “In rush to defend Quebec, federal politicians lose face,” (The Hill Times, March 24, p. 8). I am a professor of political science at St. Thomas University who completely supports Amir Attaran’s right to express his disgust with the government of Quebec’s racial policies and your editorial on the Bloc Québécois’ rather bizarre attempt to claim representation for “pure laine” Quebeckers as victims of racial discrimination. Federal politicians who continue to cater to Quebec’s ethnic politics and politicians should be ashamed of themselves. Quebec is, easily, the most openly xenophobic province in Canada. This is largely because ethnic identity in Quebec has been an indispensable part of that province’s nationalist politics. As a result, the use of racial and cultural imagery and an openness to “us versus them” politics has been broadly accepted by the public as legitimate parts of the political discourse. If Quebec and the BQ don’t want the province to be called out on its indulgence of its xenophobic tendencies, then they should get rid of Bill 21 and stop discriminating against people on the basis of skin colour and religion. If they won’t do this, they should consider that if the shoe fits, they may have to wear it. Shaun Narine Fredericton, N.B.