This was a point of contention between Lalonde and Popp according to some media. Its a very difficult line to walk for the football operations. They need to field a winner and they need to like Senior writes to at least look like they are making a better than ok effort drafting local talent.
What is strange to me is that early in Jim's tenure when quebec natives were fewer playing pro ball he would go out of his way to bring quebecers into the fold. Charbonneau, Heppel, Vercheval, Girard, Lapointe. In the last few years it appears to have been less of a priority.
But lets take Giguere for example. I am glad Jim took Shea instead. He's been proven right. Giguere would have to be a phenomenal receiver for years to come to equal the value to the Ticats that Shea has brought to Montreal.
There is also the question of how his coach uses the ratio. What's the point of drafting a Campeau or a Giggi if your coach won't play them ?
There is also the fact that if a Quebecer does well in the league and wants to play in Montreal we can always sign them when they become free agents.
So far when you look at the "French Canadian" players cause that's really what we are talking about. I don't see any playing anywhere that you could say this guy would put bums in the seats... So it would be unfair to say Jim's dropped the ball.
As for Etienne. I really think he deserves the chance to play somewhere. He's in his prime and if we were not going to play him it is better for him to release him than to keep him as a PR token IMO.