Ricky Blue's Other Life
Ricky Blue
Ricky Blue
is a Montreal-based humorist, singer, and writer. He and partner George Bowser are the famous Bowser and Blue comedy act. Here's his bio from their Bowser and Blue website.

Ricky Blue was born in Liverpool, England, but raised in Maine, New Jersey, and Toronto. He has an MA in English from Concordia University. He has been involved in bands and media music in Montreal for over twenty years. In 1981 he won an international 'Clio' award for excellence in advertising.

He once appeared on television naked.

His life had no real meaning, however, until he began to play with Bowser and Blue. Rick plays guitar, mandolin, and harmonica, and sings in a rather pleasant baritone when George will let him.

His columns are archived here

Posted 02.27.03


PQ suffering from obsessive repulsive disorder

Bernie Landry recently stated in public that thousands of people marching for peace remind him that Quebec is a nation; the fact that Quebecers have sex more often than other Canadians reminds him that Quebec is a nation; and that the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in New York reminds him that Quebec is a nation.

These phenomena, unrelated to Quebec politics, all remind him of the need to separate Quebec from Canada. But it should continually remind us that our premier has an obsessive personality disorder.

Parti Québécois notables in the past have also demonstrated personality disorders we can link to Quebec nationalism.

Yves Michaud ably demonstrated the link between separatism and xenophobia, a pathological fear of the 'other.'

Jacques Parizeau reminded us of the link between separatism and the fear of the wealthy. What is that called? Oh yes, socialism. Jolly Jacques also reminded us of the possible link between separatism and alcoholism, but that's another story.

Lucien Bouchard reminded us of the link between separatism and megalomania and narcissism. A biography of Bouchard, written by Lawrence Martin, went so far as to question Bouchard's mental health. It was subtitled: Lucien Bouchard and the Politics of Delusion.

It is not uncommon to hear someone say about their government: "They're all crazy." In Quebec it could easily pass as astute political comment. It makes you wonder if there has not been some kind of parallel between the rise of the PQ and the gradual emptying of our mental hospitals due to government cutbacks.

After all, what is a person with a personality disorder to do after being released back into society? Oh, the PQ is hiring? The job of leader of the party is open?

Let us be sympathetic.

The obsessive personality is based on a fear and insecurity. Most of us have small obsessions, like the fear of losing our possessions. But Landry has a much larger obsession. He fears that Quebec is not a nation.

Obsession usually leads to compulsive behaviour. I am afraid of losing my possessions so I double-and triple-check whether I locked my front door. Landry is afraid of Quebec not being a nation so he feels he has to see it everywhere. And state it publicly.

The exact cause of this disorder is still unknown. Some suggest it may be inherited. Others have found a link between the disorder and a shortage of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter in the brain.

Unfortunately, as the long-suffering citizenry of Quebec well know there is no cure not even a clear decision in two referendums.

However, there are several types of treatments. Individual therapy is the most common treatment and frequently involves response prevention. This therapy consists of keeping the person from acting on his obsessions and compulsions.

In Landry's case, this would mean voting him out of power as soon as possible. After all, it is for his own good and ours.

This kind of behaviour is at the very least a drawback for a political leader and at worse is downright dangerous. Because the person with obsessive personality disorder only sees the object of his obsession when he looks at the world, not what is there. He is blind to reality. He can never see the truth. Anyone with a brain larger than a bird can see that.