French English Relations In Canada Analysis

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French – English Relations in Canada RenéLévesque was quite fond of using analogies and metaphors to describe political issues. One such example was when he compared the Canadian French-English relations to an unhappy marriage. Honestly, there was no better way of describing the issues between the two and the stages that they went through. Suppose that English Canada was the husband and French Canada was the wife. There were several situations in which the wife was degraded, the husband was disrespected, the wife was ruthlessly betrayed, and the husband was silently shunned. As expected, they had misunderstandings, especially cultural, but they were bound by the vows of Confederation. In fact, critique, anger, and arguments were part of their …show more content…
The new philosophy, called maître chez nous (masters in our house), was driven by desire for an equal partnership with English Canada. The most significant changes were that Québec became secular, the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18, the legal status of women was improved, the labour code was revised to provide protection for workers and unions, and a provincial pension plan was established for Quebecers (1964). The last change was a cause of discord between the French and the English because the latter participated in a federal pension plan and they wanted the French to do the same. The Quebecers chose to defy Ottawa in this and in many other ways as well. For instance, Québec formed its own embassies in other countries instead of being part of Canadian embassies. This was a significant symbol of their goal to separate from Canada. They were making the other countries aware of this as well. One of the most influential ways that Québec promoted separatism in its society was through art, music, and actors. Slowly, the Quiet Revolution turned into the Québec questions with English-speaking Canadians all over the nation asking, “What does Québec want?” Québec’s main goal was to crush English dominance, and separatists such as René Lévesque viewed full independence as the only solution. The government inspired hopes of change in many different groups of the population such as students, youngsters, middle-class people, and business people. At this point, the criticism, inspired by the Quiet Revolution, was turning from an internal self-examination to an analysis of the external factors that gave French Canadians their inferior status. The English-speaking Canadians and the French-speaking Canadians in Québec were developing an antagonist attitude towards each other. This is why the revolution was called quiet; it was primarily non-violent. Referring

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