Canada's National Struggle

By: Ashton Adams


As Canada's multicultural population some people want to break away. In Quebec, many people want separatism and will fight to get it. This old idea comes new again as the country struggles to find their national identity.

Separatism from the Quebecois

In the 1960's and 1970's many citizens of Quebec wanted to separate from the country. They thought it could be the only way to preserve their French heritage. Now in recent years a new generation in taking a stand against the government. Many people coming together for one cause. "they are immigrants, activists, young people, academics and even Anglophones." says This is What Quebec Separatism Looks like in 2013. At any given point the thirty to forty percent of people who want separatism could jump to an even greater number.

This is then added due to the nation not having one key identity. The country has two key national language, English and French, has given a stalemate on which language is most important. Immigrants then coming into an already unsteady system then disrupts it even more. Adding to confusion as more languages are added. Fueling the fire for Quebec's separates.

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History of Separatism

During the 1500's Britain and France had claims for the land in Canada. After the French surrendered in 1763 the land was divided by two cultures. After Canada came free of British reign there languages became English and French, due to both heritages. In 1974 Quebec made French their national language. People who spoke French moved into the province while those who didn't moved out. This led to Quebec almost becoming its own country in 1995.


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