Looking at the CIS and its development from the time I left Quebec, back in 1971, I noted the emergence of the Laval football team with a passion. I was delighted with the team's first Vanier Cup victory and, have been a fan to this date. As a youngster in Monreal it was evident that Canadian football was essentially an English game in. Back in the early sixties the English indeed were the great majority of the Alouette supporters. Looking at the football scene from Niagara, I was pleased to learn, over subsequent years, of the interest in football of French speaking fans. I followed the entry of Laval into the CIS, becoming a great fan of the Rouge et Or, delighting in its many championship years in the CIS. Over the years I have visited Montreal, taken in an Alouette game and, became personally aware of the majority of French speaking fans following the team.This is how it should be.
From Ontario I have continued to take in the Laval games via Radio Canada with Laval being my team of choice. I have reveled At the great numbers of Laval players who have emerged from this Quebec to play leading roles in the CFL. A couple of weeks back I again turned to Radio Canada hoping Laval would win another Vanier Cup. This was not to be as the team from the University of Montreal, in a thrilling overtime finish took the victory, just a step away, hopefully, for another Quebec run at the Vanier Cup. The Quebec CIS conference is a strong football federation and, I have enjoyed its competence in the CIS. We truly do have a national football experience composed of the two founding peoples of our great country.