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Sid Guttridge wrote: ↑
23 Jan 2021 15:50
There is an argument that while French-speakers are self-identifying as "Quebecois", English-speakers are more likely to think of themselves as "Quebecker".
Over the years, the western provinces have attracted a variety of French-speaking immigrants. Some have been from Québec, although in the last decades of the 19th century Québec discouraged its inhabitants from moving west; too many people were already leaving the province for the New England states in search of employment. Nevertheless, French Canadian missionaries promoted settlement of French-speaking peoples in the West, especially between 1880 and 1912. Many of the settlers came from France, while others were from Québec, New England and Belgium (though WWI ended emigration from Belgium and France). Most of them settled in the Prairie provinces. After 1926, another group of French-speaking settlers established themselves in the Peace River Lowland. The oil boom in Alberta beginning in 1947 and the development of the pulp and paper industry in BC have attracted the most recent migrants from Québec to the West. As of the 1991 census, there are some 230 000 persons of French extraction living in the 4 western provinces, some 163 000 of whom claim French as their mother tongue.
So French Canadians not Quebecers in Western Canada.
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Unlike most New World settlers, the Acadians made peace with the local Indians, converting most to Christianity. Their only foes were their chief trading partners, France Prince Edward Island boasts its own Acadian area, the "Région Evangeline," dating back to the first French settlements. In Miscouche, site of the 1884 Acadian Convention, the Musée Acadien is renowned for its early papers and photos. Another recreation of a 19th century settlement is the nearby Acadian Pioneer Village.and Britain. At war for 150 years, both nations alternately claimed Acadia as a strategic military base - while its people asked only to be neutral. In 1755 Britain demanded that they swear allegiance to the Crown. But loath to renounce their heritage, most refused. And so began Britain's dishonour and Acadia's anguish.
As their villages were torched, a few families fled to Quebec. But out of the estimated 15,000 settlers, nearly 10,000 were deported. Most were herded onto ships to France, Britain, the Caribbean or New England, but at various ports they were refused entry. Two boats sank taking 700 lives, while hundreds died of scurvy at sea, or starved in refugee camps. Only Spain offered free land in what is now the southern state of Louisiana, were a wave of "Cajuns" settled.
Still, since Acadia was their homeland, nearly 4,000 returned. In scores of communities, the Acadian tri-coloured flag flies proudly.
New Brunswick alone is 35 per cent Acadian, and officially bilingual. Along its eastern edge stretch the "Acadian Coasts" - a blend of seaports, sand dunes, salt marshes and rocky crags.
Prince Edward Island boasts its own Acadian area, the "Région Evangeline," dating back to the first French settlements. In Miscouche, site of the 1884 Acadian Convention, the Musée Acadien is renowned for its early papers and photos. Another recreation of a 19th century settlement is the nearby Acadian Pioneer Village.
So Acacadians, not Quebecers
Based on living as an Anglophone in Quebec for 36 years, after the harsh French language laws were implemented, most Anglophones, including non-French speaking immigrants and their descendants, consider themselves as Canadians not as Quebecers. The Molson beer "Canadian" was the choice in bars. The federally owned PetroCanada, the only gas stations with bilingual signs, was the choice for gas.