Separatism In Canada

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The notion of home evokes feelings of happiness, warmth and security in the average person and for most of us it’s the place that we can always look forward to after a hard day at work or an exhaustive day of errands and other mundane tasks. Although, this feeling of home can apply to more than just one place; sometimes it applies to a person, a favourite reading spot or even an entire country. When Canadians think of home they might picture coastlines stretching farther than the eye can see, snowy mountaintops in the Rockies, Inukshuks in Nunavut, Tim Horton’s coffee or frozen lakes being used as hockey rinks. Personally, it’s hard to imagine not being completely enamoured with everything that Canada has to offer, especially when we have the …show more content…
It actually wasn’t until the 1900s that these feelings begin stirring again when European countries gave up many of their colonies so that they could have independence, for example Britain left India in 1947 after depleting its funds and resources in the Second World War. Quebeckers become restless during this period, in the mid-1900s, and resurrected their claims that Canada had once been a French territory that was stolen by the British. The Parti Quebecois was formed in 1968 from a merger of several French separatist groups and its main platform was establishing sovereignty for Quebec from the English-speaking side of Canada. The Parti Quebecois ran in the 1976 election and managed to win with 41% of the vote due to the still-increasing popularity of French nationalism. However, when the new French federal government surveyed the population of Quebec regarding the idea of an independent French state they were shocked to find that 60% of voters in Quebec had no interest in seceding from Canada. The PQ was re-elected several times after the next 20 years and after each election the current party leader tried to address the idea of separatism they found that there was not enough support for the movement. There was a second Quebec referendum in …show more content…
For example, Louis Papineau tried to accomplish his goals by widely criticizing British customs and starting random, outnumbered attacks then ran off to the United States when his plans didn’t work. Then later on the Parti Quebecois made unrealistic promises about how quickly and easily they could secede Quebec from the rest of the country but never elaborated on how that would be established and therefore they lost a lot of their support. In truth, I do understand that it must be frustrating to be a minority and feel like you have to fight for your heritage to not be erased or forgotten but Canada has gone to great lengths to preserve French-Canadian culture. French and English are both official languages in Canada which means that all schools, courts, products, etc. are provided in English and French. Additionally, the French language and French history are taught in every single Canadian school so it’s unrealistic to say that the Quebecois do not fit in or are ignored by Canada when they’ve received so much appreciation. The Quebecois aren’t even that much of a minority since more than 20% of Canada’s population speaks French as their native language meanwhile the aboriginal population barely makes up

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