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Old 06-15-2012, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Mississippi Delta!
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Also these islands near Newfoundland are French territory, I wonder if anyone here has visited them. From what I have read about the place, it seems rather poor. Do they still do much smuggling to Canada?
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:15 PM
 
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Also these islands near Newfoundland are French territory, I wonder if anyone here has visited them. From what I have read about the place, it seems rather poor. Do they still do much smuggling to Canada?
There's lot of french money floating around there, and its still a larger tourist attraction. It's a day trip community not very large, not much there from what I know, just a fun place to drink, and you get to say you've been to france, without having to really go that far.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I don't believe it is particularly poor, and many even be on par or richer than much of Atlantic Canada.

I have never been there, although I have met a handful of people from there in and and around where I live. Not that many though. Some young people from St-Pierre-et-Miquelon go to university in Quebec, although I don't know how many relative to the number who cross the Atlantic to study in continental France.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:34 AM
 
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I hear quite a few go to the University of Moncton for their education, since it's the nearest French language university.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:44 AM
 
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I hear quite a few go to the University of Moncton for their education, since it's the nearest French language university.
That too. University of Ottawa as well (bilingual English and French), in addition to all the ones in Quebec of course.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:22 AM
 
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I don't believe it is particularly poor, and many even be on par or richer than much of Atlantic Canada.

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I'm pretty sure as a french overseas territory they get a good bit of money from the french government.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:28 AM
 
Location: On a Long Island in NY
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Howcome Canada does not claim them like Argentina does with the Falklands?
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:32 AM
 
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Howcome Canada does not claim them like Argentina does with the Falklands?
Canada may not want them, as they would probably not contribute much economically.
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:28 PM
 
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Howcome Canada does not claim them like Argentina does with the Falklands?
I'm not too sure why Argentina likes laying claim to the Falklands, but since the people of St. Pierre et Miquelon don't want to join us I can't quite see why we'd lay claim to them. Trying to annex part of France would sure make NATO meetings pretty awkward. We also haven't much claim to them, they were specifically allowed to keep those islands after the fall of New France and the people living there are culturally French, not French Canadian (even if a few families are descended from Acadians). Annexing stuff isn't our MO, Canadians wouldn't have much appetite for doing something like that, we even turned away the Turks and Caicos when they wanted to join volutarilly a few years ago. I'm sure if St. Pierre et Miquelon wanted to join, however, we'd admit them as we admitted their neighbour, Newfoundland, in 1949.
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:51 PM
 
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We also haven't much claim to them, they were specifically allowed to keep those islands after the fall of New France and the people living there are culturally French, not French Canadian (even if a few families are descended from Acadians).
There was a lot of flip-flopping of colonies between France and England around that time (1700s), and France thought that if they could maintain even a small toe-hold in this part of North America, they could perhaps win back their bigger colonies from England (Acadia, New France) at some point.

At that time, there wouldn't have been much of a cultural difference between people on SPM (the few that lived there) and people in Acadia or New France. Not saying that they would have been exactly like people in France, but certainly someone in SPM in 1750 wasn't any more similar culturally to someone in France than someone in Acadia or New France would have been.

Of course, today given the régimes that have been in place for centuries (Canada vs. France) there is a much bigger difference.
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