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View Poll Results: Quebecois generally consider think of themselves as...
Overseas French who just happen to live in a state called Canada 2 15.38%
Canadians who speak French and have at least some French ancestry 11 84.62%
Voters: 13. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-20-2015, 07:59 PM
 
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Do French-speaking Canadians actually view themselves as being French in the same way actual French people from France are? Or do they see themselves as being a related but distinct ethnic group that (more or less) shares the same language?

English speaking Canadians of course don't literally consider themselves to be British, even if all their ancestors are from there. Is it different from Francophone Canadians? Do they see themselves as being more akin to people in France, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, etc than they do to people in Orangeville or Moncton?
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Old 06-20-2015, 08:58 PM
 
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You answered your own question in your second paragraph.

"English speaking Canadians of course don't literally consider themselves to be British,"

So why would French speaking Canadians consider themselves French?
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Old 06-20-2015, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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French Canadians consider themselves either Canadian, or French Canadian. And nor are all English speaking Canadians descendent of the British.
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Old 06-21-2015, 03:23 AM
 
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You answered your own question in your second paragraph.

"English speaking Canadians of course don't literally consider themselves to be British,"

So why would French speaking Canadians consider themselves French?
I can see why some French speaking Canadians consider themselves French because France owned Canada once until they unwisely traded it for Guadeloupe. In the end you are all European: Canadians, Americans, Australians, New Zealanders; one big happy family.
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Old 06-21-2015, 03:26 AM
 
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Quebec francophones consider themselves a distinct society and view French from France only in a historical context.
They are Quebecois and they usually bristle when Anglo tourists refer to them as a branch of France right here in North America or calling Montreal something akin to Paris right here in North America.
They are totally independent from France and from the francophones i've met and worked with over the last 40 years many dont particularly care for Parisians and find them a bit aloof and snooty.
So when interacting with the francophones of Quebec be aware that while they speak French they are a culture of their own making and have very little in common with French from France.=Quebecois.
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Old 06-21-2015, 04:36 AM
 
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French Canadians consider themselves either Canadian, or French Canadian. And nor are all English speaking Canadians descendent of the British.
Are there French Canadians of British descent in the same way there are Anglophones of French descent?
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Old 06-21-2015, 04:53 AM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Are there French Canadians of British descent in the same way there are Anglophones of French descent?
I don't think so. A true French Canadian would be able to trace their roots to the original settlers of New France.
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Old 06-21-2015, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Montreal > Quebec > Canada
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Are there French Canadians of British descent in the same way there are Anglophones of French descent?
Yes, there are plenty of French-speaking Johnson's, Harvey's, MacLeod's, Blackburn's, Ryan's, Delaney's etc who consider themselves (and are seen that way by everyone else) to be 100% québécois.
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Old 06-21-2015, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Montreal
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Do French-speaking Canadians actually view themselves as being French in the same way actual French people from France are? Or do they see themselves as being a related but distinct ethnic group that (more or less) shares the same language?

English speaking Canadians of course don't literally consider themselves to be British, even if all their ancestors are from there. Is it different from Francophone Canadians? Do they see themselves as being more akin to people in France, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, etc than they do to people in Orangeville or Moncton?
The answer is C: We consider ourselves Quebecois. Not French, and keep in mind that some here won't even identify as Canadian. In a Canadian context we might say we are French, but that is within a Canadian context so we say it only to differentiate between English and French (very common in Montreal).

Do we feel more in common with people in France or in Ontario? We happen to share the same government as anglo Canadians but are very different culturally. As different as Germany is from Spain culturally. It depends who you ask. Ask a stringent bilingual pro-Canada federalists who has a circle of anglo friends and he would likely want to convince himself that Canadians are one united people, but your average small town unilingual francophone Quebecois has more culturally in common with a guy from France (language, etc) than a guy in Ontario. Sadly, the average anglo Canadian knows a lot less about the Quebecois than a guy from France. That is largely thanks to the language barrier. Our cultural scene is often shared with France and other francophone cultures, and anglo Canadians are more or less completely cut off from this.

Generally, we (anglos and francos) don't intermingle at all (even on internet forums) except for in politics. You won't get an answer from the average Quebecois here. Those of us on the board are bilingual and often grew up in anglo Canada (like Acajack and I). To get the answer from your average Quebecois you need to ask in French on a Quebecois-run board.
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Old 06-21-2015, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Montreal
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I don't think so. A true French Canadian would be able to trace their roots to the original settlers of New France.
False. We usually say Quebecois not French Canadian and like begratto says there are plenty of 100% Quebecois Johnson's and Riley's in Quebec. Like Daniel Johnson and Pierre-Marc Johnson. Most Quebecois are mixed Irish/French because Catholics were segregated from protestants by the anglos. It is normal to find Kelly, Harvey, Ryan, Lynch and other "anglo" names thanks to an anglo/Irish/Scottish great-grandfather.
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