January 20, 2014

Quebec's Embarrassing French Connection

Lise Ravary, National Post

The Associated Press

Unlike some Canadians who boast Irish or Ukrainian roots, Quebecers rarely mention their ancestry. The “French” in French-Canadian refers to the language, not to the people of France, whom Quebecer’s not-so-jokingly call “les maudits français” (the damn French). Most Quebecers maintain a love-hate relationship with the country of their ancestors. At best, France is the motherland from which our language and culture flows. At worst, it is a neglectful parent that turned its back on its colony when Louis XV gave up his northern possessions in order to keep the Sugar Islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe and Saint-Domingue, at the Treaty of Paris in 1783. Some still resent the way the French army behaved on the Plains of Abraham. Students of my generation...

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