--- John Phillips <jhphill@...
.. Similarly my friends would regard themselves
as of English origin rather than British and primarily
Obviously persecuted is wrong though believe old
slogans on walls
saying 'English go home' as well as the possible
ramifications of the
more radical elements in independence campaign, used
to make them feel
uneasy, but no doubt graffiti has long since been
scrubbed away ..
The graffiti was still there two years ago. Saw an
English go home graffito when is was cycling along
Ste-Catherine in the Gay Village.
The other thing one must understand that the term
English in Quebec applies to any non-francophone who
speaks it fluently. I was considered to be 'English'
even though I didn't learn the language until age six
and spoke Polish at home.
Quebecois are finally learning to make distinctions
among the non-francophone poplulation, but when I
lived there, Quebecois - especially the nationalists -
saw only themselves and 'les autres'.
There's a whole history of putting immigrants into the
English school system combined with Catholic Church
influence that makes linguistic politics in Quebec
pretty complex. What I've stated here only touches
Having said that, I must confess that the linguistic
tensions in Montreal have diminished considerably over
the past ten or so years, in my experience.
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